Holly Harris, M.P.H., Sc.D.

Holly Harris M.P.H., Sc.D.
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Holly Harris, M.P.H., Sc.D.

Assistant Member, Epidemiology
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Fax: 206.667.4787
Mailstop: M4-B874

Dr. Holly Harris is a public health researcher who studies the impact of lifestyle, nutrition and genetic factors on women’s health. She focuses specifically on ovarian and breast cancer, as well as the hormonally related conditions that share reproductive risk factors with these diseases such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids. Much of Harris’ research focuses on the potentially modifiable factors of diet and lifestyle on the risk of these conditions; she also explores their interrelatedness and shared risk factors. For instance, women with endometriosis may be at higher risk for ovarian cancer and, thus, may benefit from screening modalities not appropriate for the population at large. Identification of women at high risk for ovarian and breast cancer allows for targeted prevention strategies and can guide clinical decisions regarding frequency of screening and chemoprevention strategies. Dr. Harris believes that understanding the influence of genetic factors, both alone and as a part of gene-environment interactions, may facilitate prevention and help identify women most at risk for ovarian and breast cancer. She also led a study that found a link between childhood abuse and endometriosis; women who reported severe to chronic abuse had a 79 percent higher risk of developing the condition.

Education

Sc.D., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Epidemiology, 2010.

M.P.H., University of Southern California, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, 2005.

B.A., Macalester College, Biology, 2000.

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Dr. Harris in the News

Endometriosis linked to childhood abuse

Hutch News - July 17, 2018

5 tips for a healthy summer

Hutch News - June 29, 2018

For the Media

The Media Relations team at Fred Hutch is available to assist members of the news media who would like to arrange interviews with faculty.

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