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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, in mathematical modeling of infectious epidemics, 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, prevention and early diagnosis, and in epidemiologic methods. He is especially interested in the effects of reproductive factors, diet, genetic predisposition, histopathologic factors, occupational/environmental/medication exposures, infection and immune functioning in cancer etiology. 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 was for six years a Member of the Board of Editors, the American Journal of Epidemiology. Dr. Risch is an author of more than 350 original peer-reviewed research publications in the medical literature and those research papers have been cited by other scientific publications more than 43,000 times. Dr. Risch has an h-index of 97 and is a Member of the Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering.

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Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral FellowSchool of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington (1983)
  • PhDUniversity of Chicago (1980)
  • MDUniversity of California, San Diego (1976)
  • BSCalifornia Institute of Technology (1972)


  • Early Outpatient Treatment of COVID-19 in BrazilFortaleza, Brazil 2020Clinical trial of seven outpatient medications chosen and used by MDs to treat their high-risk COVID-19 patients quickly, in an HMO of 42 hospitals and clinics across Brazil.
  • Etiology of Pancreatic CancerShanghai, China (2007-2014)PI of NIH-funded population-based case-control study of pancreatic cancer in Shanghai, China.
  • Ovarian Cancer Research in CanadaCanada 2006Case-control study of ovarian cancer genetic epidemiology

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Member, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering2019
The Ruth Leff Siegel Award for Excellence in Pancreatic Cancer Research2018
“Best of the AACR Journals” for “Aspirin Use and Reduced Risk of Pancreatic Cancer,” one of the most highly cited Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (CEBP) articlesAmerican Association for Cancer Research (AACR)2018

Departments & Organizations

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