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Basil Rigas Gastroenterologist, Chief, Division of Cancer Prevention, Vice President of Business Development, Dean for Clinical Affairs, William and Jane Knapp Professor of Pharmacology, Professor of Medicine Medicine Division of Cancer Prevention Renaissance School of Medicine


Basil Rigas is a specialist in gastroenterology. In recent years, his focus has been on cancer prevention. He is recognized internationally for his research on the prevention of colon cancer using traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), nitric-oxide-donating NSAIDs, and other pharmacological agents. He also has pioneered the application of infrared spectroscopy to biology with an emphasis on cancer, and holds several relevant patents. A new area of his work concerns the use of nanotechnology in cancer prevention and treatment.


  • Medical School, University of Athens
  • Doctorate in Science, University of Athens
  • Residency, Brown University, Medicine
  • Fellowship, Brandeis University, Biochemistry
  • Fellowship, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Gastroenterology