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Harvey A Risch MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biographical Info

Dr. Harvey Risch is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Risch received his MD degree from the University of California San Diego and PhD from the University of Chicago. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at the University of Washington, Dr. Risch was a faculty member in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Toronto before coming to Yale. Dr. Risch's research interests are in the areas of cancer etiology and prevention, and in epidemiology methods. He is especially interested in the effects of reproductive factors, diet, genetic predisposition, and histopathologic factors in the causation of ovarian cancer, and these factors as well as infection and immune functioning in the etiology of pancreatic cancer. His major research projects have included studies of ovarian cancer, pancreas cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, esophageal and stomach cancer, and of cancers related to usage of oral contraceptives and noncontraceptive estrogens. Dr. Risch is Associate Editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Editor of the International Journal of Cancer, and Member of the Board of Editors, the American Journal of Epidemiology.


International Activity

  • Etiology of Pancreatic Cancer
    Shanghai, China(2007 - 2014)
    PI of NIH-funded population-based case-control study of pancreatic cancer in Shanghai, China.
  • Ovarian Cancer Research in Canada
    Canada(2006)
    Case-control study of ovarian cancer genetic epidemiology

Education & Training

B.S.
California Institute of Technology (1972)
M.D.
University of California, San Diego (1976)
Ph.D.
University of Chicago (1980)
Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Department of Epidemiology (1980 - 1983)

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