Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH

“As the public-interest research arm of Group Health’s learning health care system and a member of major research consortia, GHRI is honored to contribute to local and national health care improvements.”

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, MACP

Group Health Vice President for Research
Group Health Research Institute Executive Director and Senior Investigator

Biography

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.

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Recent publications

Crosslin DR, Carrell DS, Burt A, Kim DS, Underwood JG, Hanna DS, Comstock BA, Baldwin E, de Andrade M, Kullo IJ, Tromp G, Kuivaniemi H, Borthwick KM, McCarty CA, Peissig PL, Doheny KF, Pugh E, Kho A, Pacheco J, Hayes MG, Ritchie MD, Verma SS, Armstrong G, Stallings S, Denny JC, Carroll RJ, Crawford DC, Crane PK, Mukherjee S, Bottinger E, Li R, Keating B, Mirel DB, Carlson CS, Harley JB, Larson EB, Jarvik GP.

Genetic variation in the HLA region is associated with susceptibility to herpes zoster.

Genes Immun. 2014 Oct 9;0. doi: 10.1038/gene.2014.51 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Naj AC, Jun G, Reitz C, Kunkle BW, Perry W, Park YS, Beecham GW, Rajbhandary RA, Hamilton-Nelson KL, Wang LS, Kauwe JS, Huentelman MJ, Myers AJ, Bird TD, Boeve BF, Baldwin CT, Jarvik GP, Crane PK, Rogaeva E, Barmada MM, Demirci FY, Cruchaga C, Kramer PL, Ertekin-Taner N, Hardy J, Graff-Radford NR, Green RC, Larson EB, St George-Hyslop PH, Buxbaum JD, Evans DA, Schneider JA, Lunetta KL, Kamboh MI, Saykin AJ, Reiman EM, De Jager PL, Bennett DA, Morris JC, Montine TJ, Goate AM, Blacker D, Tsuang DW, Hakonarson H, Kukull WA, Foroud TM, Martin ER, Haines JL, Mayeux RP, Farrer LA, Schellenberg GD, Pericak-Vance MA; and the Alzheimer Disease Genetics Consortium.

Effects of multiple genetic loci on age at onset in late-onset Alzheimer disease: a genome-wide association study.

JAMA Neurol. 2014 Sep 8. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.1491 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Bell J, Fitzpatrick A, Copeland C, Chi G, Steinman L, Whitney RL, Atkins D, Bryant L, Grodstein F, Larson E, Logsdon R, Snowden M.

Existing data resources to support studies of dementia or significant cognitive impairment and comorbid chronic conditions.

Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Sep 4. pii: S1552-5260(14)02498-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2014.07.002. [Epub ahead of print].

Isaac ML, Larson EB.

Medical conditions with neuropsychiatric manifestations.

Med Clin N Am. 2014 Sep;98(5):1193-1208. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2014.06.012. Epub 2014 Jul 12.

 

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