Harlan Rich, MD, FACP, AGAF

Harlan Rich, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Clinical Director of Gatroenterology

Director of Endoscopy, RIH

phone: 401-444-8766

E-Mail:[email protected] 

Clinical Interests

Clinical interests include Clinical Esophagology with an emphasis on gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal motility disorders and Barrett’s esophagus, as well as general gastroenterology (including colorectal cancer screening, peptic ulcer disease, and irritable bowel syndrome). Research interests have included understanding signal transduction in smooth muscle dysfunction in esophagitis, visceral hypersensitivity, image enhanced endoscopic evaluation of colonic polyps, polyp detection rates in endoscopy, used of CDT angiography in lower GI bleeding, used of computer assisted sedation for endoscopy, studies on interventions to improve colorectal cancer screening outcomes, and utilization of anesthesia resources in endoscopy

Selected Publications


  1. Agrawal D, Akerman PA, Rich H. Removal of a Bravo 24-hour pH capsule with endoscopic scissors. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2009;70(2):385-6.
  2. Huang BL, Rich HG, Simundson SE, Dhingana MK, Moss SF. Intentional Swallowing of Foreign Bodies is a Recurrent and Costly Problem that Rarely Causes Endoscopy Complications. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2010:8(11):941-946.
  3. Murphy L, Watson J, Rich H. Adenoma Detection Rate in an Uninsured Population Compared to an Age-Matched Insured Population is Influenced by Proceduralist Specialty. Am J Gastroenterol 2013; 108(Issue S1); S641 
  4. Watson J, Perera P, Rich H. Polyp Detection Rate in Gastroenterologists Compared to Surgeons in an Academic Medical Center: A 10-Year Retrospective Review. Am J Gastroenterol 2013; 108(Issue S1); S649 
  5. Rebello D, Jamot S, Heinl N, Seol Y, Machan J, Rich H. Clinical characteristics may be more important than ASA status in determining whether patients receive moderate sedation vs. anesthesia-assisted sedation for gastrointestinal procedures. Presented at ACG 2017. Program No. P2046. World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017 Meeting Abstracts. Orlando, FL: American College of Gastroenterology.