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 Dr. Harford was born in the United States and attended high school in Monterrey, Mexico. He received a BA in psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1968. He worked at St. Luke’s Hospital Center in New York City for one year prior to entering medical school at UT Southwestern. He remained at UT Southwestern to complete his residency in internal medicine (1973-1976) and fellowship in gastroenterology (1976-1978). Dr. Harford spent the next 10 years in the private practice of gastroenterology in Dallas, then joined the faculty of UT Southwestern. Since 1988, he has been a fulltime faculty member and director of GI Endoscopy at the Dallas VA. He is married to Madeline Harford, MD, a psychiatrist.


Vanderbilt University (1968)
Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1973)

Research Interest

  • Colorectal cancer prevention and screening


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Accuracy of screening for fecal occult blood on a single stool sample obtained by digital rectal examination: a comparison with recommended sampling practice
Collins JF, Lieberman DA, Durbin TE, Weiss DG, and the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Study #380 Group Annals of Internal Medicine 2005 In press
Risk factors for advanced colonic neoplasia and hyperplastic polyps in asymptomatic individuals
Lieberman DA, Prindiville S, Weiss DG, Willett W for the VA Cooperative Study Group 380 JAMA 2003 290 2959-2967
Recurrent bleeding from peptic ulcer associated with adherent clot: a randomized study comparing endoscopic treatment with medical therapy
Bleau BL, Goustout CJ, Sherman KE, Shaw MJ, Harford WV, Keate RF, Bracy WP, Fleischer DE Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2002 56 1-6
Diverticula of the Hypopharynx, Esophagus, Stomach, Jejunum and Ileum
Jeyarajah R, Harford WV Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal Disease, Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management 2002 7th edition 359-368
Abdominal Hernias and their Complications, Including Gastric Volvulus
Harford WV, Jeyarajah R Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal Disease, Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management 2002 7th edition 369-385

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Gastroenterology Teaching Award 1991

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy