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 was a commissioner on The Joint Commission from 1999 to 2010. Since 2007 he has been an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Larson maintains a small but long-standing internal medicine practice.
Chronic illness; cost effectiveness analysis; performance measurement and incentives
Pharmacogenetics; drug safety
Self-management; patient/provider relationships
Smith NL, Harrington LB, Blondon M, Wiggins KL, Floyd JS, Sitlani CM, McKnight B, Larson EB, Rosendaal FR, Heckbert SR, Psaty BM. The association of statin therapy with the risk of recurrent venous thrombosis. J Thrombos Haemost. 2016 Apr 8. doi: 10.1111/jth.13334. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Dams-O'Connor K, Gibbons LE, Landau A, Larson EB, Crane PK. Health problems precede traumatic brain injury in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Mar 1. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14014. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Zaslavsky O, Walker RL, Crane PK, Gray SL, Larson EB. Glucose levels and risk of frailty. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Mar 1. pii: glw024. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Aiello Bowles EJ, Larson EB, Pong RP, Walker RL, Anderson ML, Yu O, Gray SL, Crane PK, Dublin S. Anesthesia exposure and risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: a prospective study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Feb 11. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14024. [Epub ahead of print].
Health reform is about more than insurance, writes Dr. Eric B. Larson. It’s also changing racial, economic, and care disparities.
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Dr. Eric B. Larson says that brain function doesn’t have to decline with age. There are steps you can take to maintain your thinking power.
National Institute on Aging renews funding for long-running ‘living laboratory.’
KING5 TV, Jan. 26, 2015