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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer CenterVanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Harvey J.  Murff

Harvey J. Murff, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Public Health)

Contact Information:

6012 Medical Center East
1215 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232-8300
Fax: 615-936-8291

  • M.D. - University of Tennessee
  • Fellowship - Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Internship - Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center
Clinical Interest

Familial Cancer, Nutritional Interventions and Chronic Inflammation

Clinical Research Description

We are interested in the relationship between dietary long-chain fatty acids and colorectal cancer risk. Specifically, how the dietary ratio of arachidonic acid to eicosapentanoic acid alters prostaglandin PGE2 production and impacts colorectal cancer risk. Furthermore, we are investigating how genetic variants in endogenous long chain fatty acid synthesis impacts chronic inflammation and metabolic risk factors. We are studying environmental and health behavior factors which contribute to familial risk in individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer.