Harvey Risch, MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology | YSPH Global Health Concentration

Cancer Genetics

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Yale Institute for Global Health

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research


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.

Education & Training

PhD University of Chicago (1980)
MD University of California, San Diego (1976)
BS California Institute of Technology (1972)
Postdoctoral Fellow School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington

Honors & Recognition

  • Member, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (2019)

  • The Ruth Leff Siegel Award for Excellence in Pancreatic Cancer Research (2018)

  • “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)


  • 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

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Contact Info

Harvey Risch, MD, PhD
Office Location
60 College Street, Ste LEPH 413
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Chronic Disease EpidemiologyPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

Curriculum Vitae

Lab Website: Yale Molecular Assay Resource