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Basil RigasGastroenterologist; Chief, Division of Cancer Prevention; Professor of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine, William and Jane Knapp Professor of PharmacologyDepartment of FamilyPopulation & Preventive MedicineRenaissance 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