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Russell P.  Harris

Russell P. Harris

  • MD, MPH
  • Cancer Prevention and Control

  • Professor, Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • 919-966-2949
  • 725 Airport Road Chapel Hill, NC

Area of Interest

Research interests include practice and community interventions to improve cancer prevention activities, thus reducing the cancer burden on society. We have been particularly involved with the following cancer prevention activities: screening for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers; tobacco cessation efforts; and chemoprevention for breast cancer. We are especially interested in encouraging shared decision-making for these prevention activities.

Awards and Honors

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the graduating class of the UNC School of Medicine, May, 2003

Through several community-based controlled trials, we have found that intensive support for office systems is minimally effective in improving cancer prevention activities in primary care practice. Future research should concentrate on combined community and practice interventions.

Through systematic reviews conducted with or reviewed by the US Preventive Services Task Force, we found that the evidence is insufficient to recommend prostate cancer screening, and that shared decision-making is a potentially useful strategy for cancer screening. Future research should explore optimal ways of implementing shared decision-making in practices.