Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, is a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. He served as the institute's executive director from 2002 through 2018, as well as vice president for research and health care innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington from 2017 to 2018.
A general internist, Dr. Larson is a national leader in geriatrics, health services, and clinical research and has been an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine since 2007. He pursues 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, learning health systems, and quality improvement. His research on aging includes a longstanding collaboration between Kaiser Permanente Washington and the University of Washington (UW) called the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study. Among ACT’s many groundbreaking findings:
With colleagues from Duke and Harvard, Dr. Larson established and now helps lead the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund’s Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory. The Collaboratory sponsors pragmatic clinical trials and aims to improve the way clinical trials are conducted so that patients and care providers have access to the best available clinical evidence for decision-making. Dr. Larson is also the principal investigator for the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) project at KPWHRI and the UW. The goal of eMERGE research is to better understand the genomic basis of disease to tailor medical care to individual patients based on their genomic differences.
Dr. Larson has written or co-authored more than a dozen books, including 2017’s Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience for Long, Active Life, which draws from his decades of work as a physician and the leader of the ACT study. He has also published more than 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Until 2019, Dr. Larson maintained a small but longstanding internal medicine practice. He 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 its Board of Regents for nearly a decade, including one term as chair. He was a commissioner on The Joint Commission from 1999 to 2010.
Chronic illness; cost effectiveness analysis; performance measurement and incentives
Pharmacogenetics; drug safety
Self-management; patient/provider relationships
Postupna N, Rose SE, Gibbons LE, Coleman NM, Hellstern LL, Ritchie K, Wilson AM, Cudaback E, Li X, Melief EJ, Beller AE, Miller JA, Nolan AL, Marshall DA, Walker R, Montine TJ, Larson EB, Crane PK, Ellenbogen RG, Lein ES, Dams-O'Connor K, Keene CD. The delayed neuropathological consequences of traumatic brain injury in a community-based sample. Front Neurol. 2021 Mar 16;12:624696. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2021.624696. eCollection 2021. PubMed
Lee CS, Lee ML, Gibbons LE, Yanagihara RT, Blazes M, Kam JP, McCurry SM, Bowen JD, McCormick WC, Lee AY, Larson EB, Crane PK. Associations between retinal artery/vein occlusions and risk of vascular dementia. J Alzheimers Dis. 2021;81(1):245-253. doi: 10.3233/JAD-201492. PubMed
Park S, Jung J, Burke RE, Larson EB. Trends in use of low-value care in traditional fee-for-service Medicare and Medicare Advantage. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(3):e211762. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.1762. PubMed
Henrikson NB, Scrol A, Leppig KA, Ralston JD, Larson EB, Jarvik GP. Preferences of biobank participants for receiving actionable genomic test results: results of a recontacting study. Genet Med. 2021 Jun;23(6):1163-1166. doi: 10.1038/s41436-021-01111-2. Epub 2021 Feb 18. PubMed
Makhnoon S, Bowen DJ, Shirts BH, Fullerton SM, Larson EB, Ralston JD, Leppig KA, Crosslin DR, Veenstra D, Jarvik GP. The FamilyTalk randomized controlled trial: patient-reported outcomes in clinical genetic sequencing for colorectal cancer. Cancer Causes Control. 2021 Feb 16. doi: 10.1007/s10552-021-01398-1. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Zhou J, Walker RL, Gray SL, Marcum ZA, Barthold D, Bowen JD, McCormick W, McCurry SM, Larson EB, Crane PK. Glucose-dementia association is consistent over blood pressure/antihypertensive groups. J Alzheimers Dis. 2021 Jan 30. doi: 10.3233/JAD-201138. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
den Brok MGHE, van Dalen JW, Abdulrahman H, Larson EB, van Middelaar T, van Gool WA, van Charante EPM, Richard E. Antihypertensive medication classes and the risk of dementia: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 Jan 16:S1525-8610(20)31068-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2020.12.019 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed
eMERGE Consortium. Lessons learned from the eMERGE network: balancing genomics in discovery and practice. HGG Adv. Vol 2, Issue 1, 14 Jan. 2021, 100018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xhgg.2020.100018.
Shaffer RM, Li G, Adar SD, Keene CD, Latimer CS, Crane PK, Larson EB, Kaufman JD, Carone M, Sheppard L. Fine particulate matter and markers of Alzheimer's disease neuropathology at autopsy in a community-based cohort. J Alzheimers Dis. 2021;79(4):1761-1773. doi: 10.3233/JAD-201005. PubMed
Bowen DJ, Makhnoon S, Shirts BH, Fullerton SM, Larson E, Ralston JD, Leppig K, Crosslin DR, Veenstra D, Jarvik GP. What improves the likelihood of people receiving genetic test results communicating to their families about genetic risk? Patient Educ Couns. 2021 Jan 7:S0738-3991(21)00001-X. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.01.001. Online ahead of print. PubMed
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