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Harvey Risch, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

Contact Information

Harvey Risch, MD, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

    PO Box 208034, 60 College Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States

Research Summary

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 has been a Member of the Board of Editors, the American Journal of Epidemiology.


Research Interests

Esophageal Neoplasms; Ovarian Neoplasms; Pancreatic Neoplasms; Polymorphism, Genetic; Gonadal Steroid Hormones; Stomach Neoplasms; Helicobacter pylori; Molecular Epidemiology; Germ-Line Mutation; Host-Pathogen Interactions

Public Health Interests

Cancer; Epidemiology Methods; Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics; Infectious Diseases; Maternal & Child Health; Nutrition; Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices; Pharmacoepidemiology; COVID-19

Selected Publications