Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, MACP
Vice President for Research, Group Health
Executive Director & Senior Investigator, GHRI
Research interests and experience
- Aging & geriatrics: dementia; cognitive health; quality of life; quality of care; genomic advances
- Chronic illness management: self-management; prevention
- Health informatics: eHealth
- Health services & economics: chronic illness; cost effectiveness analysis; performance measurement and incentives
- Medication use & patient safety: pharmacogenetics; drug safety
- Patient/provider interaction: self-management; patient/provider relationships
Eric B. Larson’s research has changed how people think about healthy aging. Group Health Research Institute’s (GHRI) executive director since 2002, Dr. Larson is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a national leader in geriatrics research.
A general internist, Dr. Larson has pursued an array of research, ranging from clinical interests such as Alzheimer’s disease and genomics to health services research involving technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, and quality improvement. His research on aging includes a longstanding collaboration between Group Health and the University of Washington (UW) called the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study. ACT’s many groundbreaking results include news linking exercise to later onset of dementia. Several of Dr. Larson’s research projects are related to promoting successful aging and high functioning in seniors. With colleagues at the UW, he is executive co-producer of the Art of Aging, a news-magazine series on public television and the Web.
Dr. Larson strives to keep GHRI on the cutting edge of health research. He has provided leadership on several new initiatives, including serving as principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health Roadmap project to expand the capacity of the HMO Research Network, launching GHRI research programs in health informatics and obesity, and evaluating the Medical Home model at Group Health. In 2008, Dr. Larson facilitated Group Health’s inclusion in the UW’s new Northwest Institute for Genetic Medicine, a collaboration among local research institutions to support the translation of genetic research into clinical care. He has also invited many additional UW researchers to serve as GHRI affiliate investigators, established a formal affiliation agreement with the UW School of Public Health, and strengthened the Institute’s relationship with its partners in the Group Health care-delivery system.
Dr. Larson served as medical director for the UW Medical Center and associate dean for clinical affairs at its medical school from 1989 to 2002. He is a member and past president of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), having received their highest honor, the Robert J. Glaser Award, in 2004. Dr. Larson is also a Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and served on their Board of Regents for nearly a decade, including one term as chair. He has been a commissioner on The Joint Commission since 1999.
Dr. Larson maintains a small but long-standing internal medicine practice.
- Institute of Medicine
- Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study
- Art of Aging
- HMO Research Network (HMORN)
- Northwest Institute for Genetic Medicine
- Society of General Internal Medicine
- American College of Physicians (ACP)
Steiner J, Paolino AR, Thompson EE, Larson E. Sustaining research networks: the twenty-year experience of the HMORN. eGEMS. 2014;2(2):Article 1. Available from: http://repository.academyhealth.org/egems/vol2/iss2/1/.
Nelson PT, Estus S, Abner EL, Parikh I, Malik M, Neltner JH, Ighodaro E, Wang WX, Wilfred BR, Wang LS, Kukull WA, Nandakumar K, Farman ML, Poon WW, Corrada MM, Kawas CH, Cribbs DH, Bennett DA, Schneider JA, Larson EB, Crane PK, Valladares O, Schmitt FA, Kryscio RJ, Jicha GA, Smith CD, Scheff SW, Sonnen JA, Haines JL, Pericak-Vance MA, Mayeux R, Farrer LA, Van Eldik LJ, Horbinski C, Green RC, Gearing M, Poon LW, Kramer PL, Woltjer RL, Montine TJ, Partch AB, Rajic AJ, Richmire K, Monsell SE; Alzheimer’ Disease Genetic Consortium, Schellenberg GD, Fardo DW. ABCC9 gene polymorphism is associated with hippocampal sclerosis of aging pathology. Acta Neuropathol. 2014;127(6):825-43. doi: 10.1007/s00401-014-1282-2. Epub 2014 Apr 27. PubMed
O'Hare AM, Hotchkiss JR, Kurella Tamura M, Larson EB, Hemmelgarn BR, Batten A, Do TP, Covinsky KE. Interpreting treatment effects from clinical trials in the context of real-world risk information: end-stage renal disease prevention in older adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jan 13. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13328 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Lemaitre RN, Johnson CO, Hesselson S, Sotoodhenia N, McKnight B, Sitlani CM, Rea TD, King IB, Kwok PY, Mak A, Li G, Brody J, Larson E, Mozaffarian D, Psaty BM, Huertas-Vazquez A, Tardif JC, Albert CM, Lyytikainen LP, Arking DE, Kaab S, Huikuri HV, Krijthe BP, Eigelsheim M, Wang YA, Reinier K, Lehtimaki T, Pulit SL, Brugada R, Muller-Nurasyid M, Newton-Chen CH, Karhunen PJ, Stricker BH, Goyette P, Rotter JI, Chugh SS, Chakravarti A, Jouven X, Siscovick DS. Common variation in fatty acid metabolic genes and risk of incident sudden cardiac arrest. Heart Rhythm. 2014 Jan 10. pii: S1547-5271(14)00010-1. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2014.01.008. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Pace WD, Larson EB, Staton EW. The DEcIDE Methods Center N-of-1 Guidance Panel. Financing and economics of conducting N-of-1 trials. In: Kravitz RL, Duan N, eds, and the DEcIDE Methods Center N-of-1 Guidance Panel. Design and implementation of N-of-1 trials: a user’s guide. AHRQ Publication No. 13(14)-EHC122-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; January 2014: Chapter 3, pp. 23-32.
Escott-Price V, Bellenguez C, Wang LS, Choi SH, Harold D, Jones L, Holmans P, Gerrish A, Vedernikov A, Richards A, DeStefano AL, Lambert JC, Ibrahim-Verbaas CA, Naj AC, Sims R, Jun G, Bis JC, Beecham GW, Grenier-Boley B, Russo G, Thornton-Wells TA, Denning N, Smith AV, Chouraki V, Thomas C, Ikram MA, Zelenika D, Vardarajan BN, Kamatani Y, Lin CF, Schmidt H, Kunkle B, Dunstan ML, Vronskaya M; United Kingdom Brain Expression Consortium, Johnson AD, Ruiz A, Bihoreau MT, Reitz C, Pasquier F, Hollingworth P, Hanon O, Fitzpatrick AL, Buxbaum JD, Campion D, Crane PK, Baldwin C, Becker T, Gudnason V, Cruchaga C, Craig D, Amin N, Berr C, Lopez OL, De Jager PL, Deramecourt V, Johnston JA, Evans D, Lovestone S, Letenneur L, Hernández I, Rubinsztein DC, Eiriksdottir G, Sleegers K, Goate AM, Fiévet N, Huentelman MJ, Gill M, Brown K, Kamboh MI, Keller L, Barberger-Gateau P, McGuinness B, Larson EB, Myers AJ, Dufouil C, Todd S, Wallon D, Love S, Rogaeva E, Gallacher J, George-Hyslop PS, Clarimon J, Lleo A, Bayer A, Tsuang DW, Yu L, Tsolaki M, Bossù P, Spalletta G, Proitsi P, Collinge J, Sorbi S, Garcia FS, Fox NC, Hardy J, Naranjo MC, Bosco P, Clarke R, Brayne C, Galimberti D, Scarpini E, Bonuccelli U, Mancuso M, Siciliano G, Moebus S, Mecocci P, Zompo MD, Maier W, Hampel H, Pilotto A, Frank-García A, Panza F, Solfrizzi V, Caffarra P, Nacmias B, Perry W, Mayhaus M, Lannfelt L, Hakonarson H, Pichler S, Carrasquillo MM, Ingelsson M, Beekly D, Alvarez V, Zou F, Valladares O, Younkin SG, Coto E, Hamilton-Nelson KL, Gu W, Razquin C, Pastor P, Mateo I, Owen MJ, Faber KM, Jonsson PV, Combarros O, O'Donovan MC, Cantwell LB, Soininen H, Blacker D, Mead S, Mosley TH Jr, Bennett DA, Harris TB, Fratiglioni L, Holmes C, de Bruijn RF, Passmore P, Montine TJ, Bettens K, Rotter JI, Brice A, Morgan K, Foroud TM, Kukull WA, Hannequin D, Powell JF, Nalls MA, Ritchie K, Lunetta KL, Kauwe JS, Boerwinkle E, Riemenschneider M, Boada M, Hiltunen M, Martin ER, Schmidt R, Rujescu D, Dartigues JF, Mayeux R, Tzourio C, Hofman A, Nöthen MM, Graff C, Psaty BM, Haines JL, Lathrop M, Pericak-Vance MA, Launer LJ, Van Broeckhoven C, Farrer LA, van Duijn CM, Ramirez A, Seshadri S, Schellenberg GD, Amouyel P, Williams J. Gene-wide analysis detects two new susceptibility genes for Alzheimer's disease. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 12;9(6):e94661. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094661. eCollection 2014. PubMed
Mosely JD, Van Driest SL, Larkin EK, Weeke PE, Witte JS, Wells QS, Karnes JH, Guo Y, Bastarache L, Olson LM, McCarty CA, Pacheco JA, Jarvik GP, Carrell DS, Larson EB, Crosslin DR, Kullo IJ, Tromp G, Kuivaniemi H, Carey DJ, Ritchie MD, Denny JC, Roden DM. Mechanistic phenotypes: an aggregative phenotyping strategy to identify disease mechanisms using GWAS data. PLoS ONE. 2013 Dec 12;8(12):e81503. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081503. PubMed
Larson EB, Yaffe K, Langa K. New insights into the dementia epidemic. N Engl J Med. 2013 Dec 12;369(24):2275-7. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1311405. Epub 2013 Nov 27. PubMed
Denny JC, Bastarache L, Ritchie MD, Carroll RJ, Zink R, Mosley JD, Field JR, Pulley JM, Ramirez AH, Bowton E, Basford MA, Carrell DS, Peissig PL, Kho AN, Pacheco JA, Rasmussen LV, Crosslin DR, Crane PK, Pathak J, Bielinski SJ, Pendergrass SA, Xu H, Hindorff LA, Li R, Manolio TA, Chute CG, Chisholm RL, Larson EB, Jarvik GP, Brilliant MH, McCarty CA, Kullo IJ, Haines JL, Crawford DC, Masys DR, Roden DM. Systematic comparison of phenome-wide association study of electronic medical record data and genome-wide association study data. Nat Biotechnol. 2013 Nov 24;31(12):1102-11. doi: 10.1038/nbt.2749 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Ridge PG, Mukherjee S, Crane PK, Kauwe JS; Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Consortium. Alzheimer’s disease: analyzing the missing heritability. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 7;8(11):e79771. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079771. PubMed
Crane PK, Walker R, Larson EB. Glucose levels and risk of dementia. N Engl J Med. 2013;369(19):1863-4. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1311765. PubMed
Montine TJ, Larson EB. Late-life dementias: does this unyielding global challenge require a broader view? JAMA. 2009;302(23):2593-4. PubMed
Larson EB. Group Health Cooperative—one coverage-and-delivery model for accountable care. N Engl J Med. 2009;361(17):1620-2. PubMed
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