Dr. Harvey Risch M.D Biography, Age, Net Worth, and Career

Dr. Harvey Risch M.D Biography
Dr. Harvey Risch M.D Biography, Age, Net Worth, and Career

Harvey Alan Risch, aka Dr. Harvey Risch, is an American Medical Doctor and a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Epidemiology. You must have heard him during the times of beginning of the Covid- 19 Pandemic due to his frequent appearance on TV. His talks were mostly about the pandemic and the effectiveness of vaccines.

Dr. Risch is highly respected in the circuit of academic research in Epidemiology. He teaches at Yale University and is a practicing physician. Moreover, he worked for the American Journal of Epidemiology. He is currently serving as an editor of the International Journal of Cancer, where he served many years.

During the pandemic, there was a time when a publicly supported the use of Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 out-patients, which brought a backlash. After FDA clarified that this drug has no use in treating the virus, Dr. Risch clarified his position by releasing a statement.

Dr. Harvey also has his mark on studying the etiology of pancreas cancer and mitogenic growth factors and endometrial cancer study in Connecticut for five years. He and his partner Herbert Yu have been awarded a $3.65 million National Institutes of Health grant for their role. His discovery of covid treatment would remain the greatest legacy of his lifetime work.

Basic Info

Dr. Harvey Risch was born on the 25th of June, 1949, in Los Angeles, California, USA, which makes him an American citizen. Dr. Risch is a private person and keeps his personal life to himself, so we couldn’t gather any information about his life before he joined the California Institute of Technology for his undergraduate studies.

Dr. Risch is married and tied the knot with Sharon Malka Konovitch in 1990. We do not know anything about her growing up or education. In their almost 32 years of marriage, the couple has been blessed with 2 children. He is living a sound life in New Haven, Connecticut.  Above all, he is a family man and enjoys spending time and activities with his family.

Quick Facts and Information

Full Name / Real NameHarvey Alan Risch
Birthday / Date of Birth1949
Born CountryUSA
HometownLos Angeles, California, USA
ProfessionMedical DoctorProfessor Emeritus of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of MedicineEditor, International Journal of CancerAssociate Editor, Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Education(College/University)Ph.D. in mathematical modeling of infectious epidemics,  University of Chicago(1980)MD, University of California San DiegoBS, California Institute of Technology (1972)
Marital statusMarried
WifeSharon Malka Konovitch
Net Worth$10-50 Million


After completing high school, Harvey Risch attended the California Institute of Technology from which he graduated in 1972. He completed his master’s degree later on from the University of California. It wasn’t until 1980 when he finally received his Ph.D. Diploma from the University of Chicago.

We do not know much about his education history before his university life. But, from the man he has become today, we can assume that he must have come from reputed institutions and must have excelled in academics as well.

Professional Life

Dr. Risch always dreamed of becoming a doctor when he was young. As we know by now, his dream has come true. In fact, he has achieved many more that. Here is a list of services he offered.

  • Postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at the University of Washington
  • Faculty member in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Toronto
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Editor of the International Journal of Cancer
  • Member of the Board of Editors, the American Journal of Epidemiology
  • Member of the Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering

Moreover, Dr. Risch have been involved in various activities all over the world. Here is the list.

Early Outpatient Treatment of COVID-19 in BrazilFortaleza, Brazil2020Clinical 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 2007-2014PI of NIH-funded population-based case-control study of pancreatic cancer in Shanghai, China.
Ovarian Cancer Research in CanadaCanada2006Case-control study of ovarian cancer genetic epidemiology

Dr. Risch has received Honours and Awards throughout his life Most Notable ones are:

  • 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) articles by American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) (2018)


Maybe Dr. Risch greatest contribution to science and mankind are his publication. He has an h-index of 102. The table below shows his notable publications and where you can find them.

TitleLinkYear of Publication
Average risks of breast and ovarian cancer associated with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations detected in case series unselected for family history: a combined analysis of 22 studieshttps://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=E1US9ucAAAAJ&citation_for_view=E1US9ucAAAAJ:u5HHmVD_uO8C 2003
Prevalence and penetrance of germline BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in a population series of 649 women with ovarian cancerhttps://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=E1US9ucAAAAJ&citation_for_view=E1US9ucAAAAJ:d1gkVwhDpl0C 2001
Increased risk of noncardia gastric cancer associated with proinflammatory cytokine gene polymorphismshttps://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=E1US9ucAAAAJ&citation_for_view=E1US9ucAAAAJ:u-x6o8ySG0sC 2003
Ovarian cancer and oral contraceptives: collaborative reanalysis of data from 45 epidemiological studies including 23 257 women with ovarian cancer and 87 303 controlshttps://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=E1US9ucAAAAJ&citation_for_view=E1US9ucAAAAJ:AFXcoJnoRH0C 2008
Association between endometriosis and risk of histological subtypes of ovarian cancer: a pooled analysis of case–control studieshttps://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=E1US9ucAAAAJ&citation_for_view=E1US9ucAAAAJ:mB3voiENLucC 2012
Population attributable risks of esophageal and gastric cancershttps://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=E1US9ucAAAAJ&citation_for_view=E1US9ucAAAAJ:Tyk-4Ss8FVUC 2003
Multiple independent variants at the TERT locus are associated with telomere length and risks of breast and ovarian cancerhttps://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=E1US9ucAAAAJ&citation_for_view=E1US9ucAAAAJ:yD5IFk8b50cC 2013

Contact Info

Dr. Risch is not available in any social media. But you can reach out to him by Telegram and Email. Here is a summary of his contact info.

Mailing AddressChronic Disease Epidemiology
PO Box 208034, 60 College Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8034
United States
Email[email protected] 

Net Worth

As Dr. Risch keeps his life in private, its hard to say his worth at a pin point accuracy. But, according to several sources, his worth is around $10M – $50M.