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Dr. Henry Vanpala, MD

Internist, Primary Care Doctor

Professional statement

Dr. Van Pala's philosophy is "to understand and treat the patient as a whole, I feel it is critical to not only thoroughly understand the complexities of modern medicine but to also address the individual as a whole and diagnosis the underlying problem." Dr. Van Pala is Yale University trained and is a board certified Internal Medicine physician and a board certified Gastroenterologist. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Van Pala earned a degree in Pharmacy from St. John's University School of Pharmacy in New York, New York in 1974. Dr. Van Pala practiced as a registered Pharmacist for two years specializing in compounding pharmacy. In 1980 Dr. Van Pala graduated from Michigan State College of Human Medicine and proceeded to train for five years in the Yale University School of Medicine residency and fellowship program from 1980 to 1985. Dr. Van Pala first became licensed to practice medicine in 1983 and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Van Pala perfected his desire to achieve medical excellence by passing the challenging Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification Exam in 2010 and the rigorous Full Certification Exam in Gastroenterology in 2013, a remarkable feat considering Dr. Van Pala first became licensed to practice medicine over thirty years ago. Over the years Dr. Van Pala has maintained his expertise by completing 2500 hours in Category 1 Continuing Medical Education. From 2012 to 2013, Dr. Van Pala spent an additional year in advanced Internal Medicine training at Georgia Regents University, formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Van Pala recently completed a restorative medicine course and became a fellow-candidate in A4M, American Academy of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medi

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Specialties

  • Primary Care Doctor
  • Internist

Practice names

Board certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • Gastroenterology (Internal Medicine)

Education and training

  • Medical School - Michigan State University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Yale University, Fellowship in Gastroenterology
  • Yale University, Residency in Internal Medicine

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1710241658

Office locations

North Hills Internal & Integrative Medicine

1631 Midtown Place, Unit 101

Raleigh, NC 27609

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Probably the worst experience I ever had with medical staff. My first visit was for what I presume to be a UTI. Instead of focusing on the issue, he try to "sell" me on another birth control contraceptive, "claiming" that mycurrent birth control is what's causing my UTIs. Even though I've had UTIs frequently, since I was a child and I only been on the pill for a year. He continues to waste my time by handing me pamphlets, showing me a powerpoint of how it works, and how his daughter is so much more happier with the new contraceptive. It felt like I was conned into a sales pitch rather than attending a doctor's appointment.
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Dr Vanpala is the rare doctor who takes time with a patient to understand the whole person, not just the presenting symptom.
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My visit was great. I loved the new office with the same exceptional service. I'm really excited about their new Cornerstone Wellness program for weight loss. I cannot wait until my next visit to see my progress.
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It was great is a really down to earth guy who genuinely invested in your well being!
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Overall great experience everyone is great to deal with and they take the time to listen to you.
More than 1 year ago
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Honestly if it were not for the importance of my check-up, I would have left due to an hour and a half wait before the doctor came in. Not only that but no one once checked in on me and someoneat the front desk was having a very heated discussion where I could hear the whole conversation sitting in a room waiting for my doctor. But Dr. Henry changed my mind about the facility. He is a very caring and concerned gentleman who focuses strictly on you during the appointment. His kindness and hospitality is definitely the only reason why I would come back.
More than 1 year ago
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My wait time in the front was 4-5 minutes and I was early to my appointment so that was delightful. I had to wait for Dr. Henry for a while as he was short staffed and backed up but he wasa pleasure to speak with. He showed me exactly where my issue was on the digital board and pointed me to how to correct it. I'll be going back for future visits for sure!!!
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Because I travel full time for work, it has been difficult for me to find and stay with a doctor consistently. Dr. Vanpala will definitely be a doctor I stay with. His is always able to schedule me in, I rarelyhave to wait at all, and (above all) he has a winning personality. I very much dislike going to the doctor, but I have enjoyed my interactions and experience with Dr. Vanpala every time!
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The doctor and staff were all welcoming, friendly, and made my appointment a pleasant one. I will be back.
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Great doctor! Extremely knowledgable and helpful ti my health needs! 10/10 would recommend!
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the doctor and the stuff both are pretty amazing
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The absolute most amazing team I have ever encountered. Ever!! I felt so at home here. Everyone there was simply amazing and cared about ME!!! Cannot recommend them highly enough!!!
More than 1 year ago
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I felt like he was concerned about my health. He listened and spent a good amount of time with me
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Henry seems like a great doctor. I will certainly be going back.
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Honest and caring doctor. I'd highly recommend him to anyone. Gave me honest feedback with clear interest in my own well-being above anything else.
More than 1 year ago
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Amazing people
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It was great he is so nice and cares for people.
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Dr. Van Pala is an excellent doctor who took his time with me and truly listened. The front office staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I would recommend this doctor to anyone, he's fantastic!
More than 1 year ago
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I have been a patient of Dr. Van Pala for several months. Rating this practice on a scale of 1-10, I would rate the office 3 or even a 2. Dr. Van Pala is a kind, empathetic, humble, with a greatbedside manner and caring. His nurse can be described as a "babbling idiot". She is a detriment rather than an asset to this medical practice. If you are looking for lectures from her, no follow up calls this is not the office you want to be going to. I have asked for data/test results to faxed to my health insurance carrier several times and then am told it has been faxed. Later, after contacting the health carrier, they state they have received nothing from this office. This occurs nine out of ten times. The problem I believe stems from the nurse who fails to send the information and then informs Dr. Van Pala, her husband, that it was faxed. My belief is that she keeps him in the dark. Needless to say efficacy of this medical provider is poor. Calling the office one day, I spoke with the nurse asking her to send data/test results to a company that manufacturers a particular medication. She informed me that it would be sent and she would call me the following day. The next day arrives and passes, no call. I wait a week for a response...nothing. I called and spoke to her again about the matter and she quickly informed me that she was very busy and that they were taking care of very sick people. In other words, my needs were not important or/and insignificant. The son also works in the office. I "mailed" step by step instruction and with the necessary paperwork to be submitted to them which needed to be in turn sent to the insurance. The son called and stated he did not have all the data needed to fax the paperwork I filled out. I told him that they indeed had it as Dr. Van Pala had read the results for three different blood tests. He curtly told me NO that they did not have it. I told him that supposedly his mother (office nurse) had faxed it previously to a manufacturer. He put me on hold and found the info. After a couple of days I check with the insurance they received nothing. So either he was calling me a liar or his dad, Dr. Van Pala. Recently my pharmacy sent a fax, along with my Rx insurance requesting information. Nothing was done to respond to the two faxes. It wasn't until I wrote to Dr. Van Pala was any action taken. The receptionist is pleasant enough, but is never able to answer questions, she passes you onto someone else. If you simply need medication refills that can be called in then there is no problem, however, anything beyond this nothing gets done.
More than 1 year ago
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The doctor was great, however the wait was extreme. I wasn't seen until 11:30 for a 10:30 appointment. I had all of my paperwork done electronically, so maybe I was too efficient for the staff?
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Dr. Van Pala is a very patient friendly doctor and has a good bedside manner. However, on my first visit, my insurance was being difficult to process. Instead of just seeing me while everything got straightened out, the nurse made mewait 2 hours until it was completely perfect because of course they weren't going to see me without getting their money. When I lost my job and my insurance ended, they would not work with me on the cost or let me be on any type of payment schedule. Again, it was all about the money. Today when I called to make an appointment, they flat out refused to refill any of my prescriptions because I had not been seen yet. I am om meds for high bp, Crohns disease and anxiety. Being off of any of these meds can cause serious health problems and even suicide. I was not only disappointed, but feel like I was getting a lecture from the nurse and it was very uncomfortable. I have decided to go to a different primary care doctor and I pray that this one will have a nurse and staff that actually care about the patient instead of when they are going to get paid.
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Refreshing to find a physician who listens to your concerns and is interested in working with a patient, rather than just "on" a patient.
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New to the area and I was looking for a primary DR. Although their were many choices...I am so glad I went with my gut feeling and choose DR. Vanpala. Great Dr. who took the time to listen; he really cares for his patients.
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I truly enjoyed my visit. Dr. Vanpala was very thorough and listened well. He was truly knowledgeable about what I needed and made great suggestions.
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This was was first visit as a new patient and I am very pleased I've found a PCP that listens. I'm looking forward to Dr. Vanpala helping me to maintain a healthy lifestyle through preventive measures. In addition his staff was very friendly and made me feel comfortable and valued.
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Very professional, thorough, and down to earth. A pleasant experience from the whole staff!
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Dr. Henry and his clinical and office staff should be commended for their outstanding commitment to practicing evidence based medicine at the highest level. As a patient, Your wellbeing and health is their number one priority.
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You don't feel like you're on the assembly line w/ Dr. VanP. Great guy, great office!
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Dr. Vanpala was fantastic -- he spent a good amount of time with me and made me feel very comfortable. You could really tell that he was invested in your health and (equally important) piece of mind. Oftentimes docs are sooverbooked that they don't have much time with the patient. I didn't feel that way at all with Dr. Vanpala. I would highly recommend Dr. Vanpala. Five stars.
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He just give me medicine and tell me to get insurance. It was ok
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Excellent doctor and staff!
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Great! Very informative. Dr. Vanpala is very knowledgeable and experienced.
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Excellent
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Great visit with Doc Van Pala. He took time to really understand what was going on with me and not just shove pills down my throat. Great experience, great guy
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Best Doctor visit ever!
More than 1 year ago
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Wonderful! Up to date on the latest on hormone therapies and other medical issues affecting women above the age of 40. I am so happy I found someone who understands my needs!!
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This is the kind of Doctor I've been looking for, who knows alternative medicine, and accepts insurance. He cares about the optimal health of patients, not just send the patients away with some drugs to cover up the symptoms.
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I went to see him after my mom recommended him. He is great! One of the few doctors that really listens to you. He asks questions, and treats the whole person - not just the symptoms. I would recommend him without reservations!
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I was very pleased with our visit. It was a relief to know that we will be receiving a forward-thinking approach to our health care. Looking forward to our next visit. Thank you.
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Got in quickly and the Dr. took his time to understand my issues. I would highly recommend anyone who wants a GP and someone who understand gastroenterology.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Vanpala and his office staff was awesome very professional and polite I must say I felt very good about my visits after appointment I believe my other doctor pointed me in the right direction so I must thank Dr. B for referring me here
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Both, Dr. VanPala and his staff, were wonderful. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The doctor takes time to listen to you, and he explains what he's going to do (i.e., reasons for lab work, what the results will tell him).He's the kind of doctor with whom you could establish a long-term relationship.
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Very good information and someone to which I have referred friends!!
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Very pleasant visit. Receptionist was cheerful and helpful and attentive to my needs. The RN was very thorough with my medical history and was friendly and nice to deal with. The doctor was very friendly and made me feel welcome andthat he had my best interests at heart. I felt very comfortable with all of those I interacted.
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Omg.....this doctor spent so much time with me. He patiently answered all my questions. He was pleasant, smart, humble and seemed to genuinely want to make a difference in the lives of his patients. He gave me hope for the future and motivated me to be healthier!
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Very personable, great bedside manner. Really cares for his patients and their health. Would recommend him to everyone. ;) Very polite, he is a caring listener. He spends his time, and U do not feel rushed. I am very blessed to have found him.
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Dr. Vanpala is very analytical and caring. That is hard to find in a physician today. My mother is 86 and he totally understands how to treat and advise elderly patients. He talks to her other physicians and makes sure allher medications are perfect. He is a blessing to our family. I know my mother has the best care.
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I'm very grateful to have physician like Dr. VanPala! He's a doctor that listens to his patient, with a true desire to save lives. I appreciate his ability to educate me as a patient and encourages me to do my researchas well. The practice /office staff are loving and kind, it is a very positive experience ! Thank you Dr VanPala and God bless!
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