Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH

“As the public-interest research arm of Kaiser Permanente Washington's learning health care system and a member of major research consortia, KPWHRI is honored to contribute to local and national health care improvements.”

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, MACP

Vice President for Research and Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
Executive Director and Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Eric B. Larson’s research has changed how people think about healthy aging. Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI)'s 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 Kaiser Permanente Washington 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 KPWHRI 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 Health Care Systems Research Network, launching KPWHRI research programs in health informatics and obesity, and evaluating the Medical Home model at Kaiser Permanente Washington. In 2008, Dr. Larson facilitated Kaiser Permanente Washington'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 KPWHRI 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 Kaiser Permanente Washington 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.

Research interests and experience

 

Recent publications

Dumitrescu L, Ritchie MD, Denny JC, El Rouby NM, McDonough CW, Bradford Y, Ramirez AH, Bielinski SJ, Basford MA, Chai HS, Peissig P, Carrell D, Pathak J, Rasmussen LV, Wang X, Pacheco JA, Kho AN, Hayes MG, Matsumoto M, Smith ME, Li R, Cooper-DeHoff RM, Kullo IJ, Chute CG, Chisholm RL, Jarvik GP, Larson EB, Carey D, McCarty CA, Williams MS, Roden DM, Bottinger E, Johnson JA, de Andrade M, Crawford DC. Genome-wide study of resistant hypertension identified from electronic health records. PLoS One. 2017 Feb 21;12(2):e0171745. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171745. PubMed

Fardo D, Gibbons LE, Mukherjee S, Glymour MM, McCormick W, McCurry SM, Bowen JD, Larson EB, Crane PK. Impact of home visit capacity on genetic association studies of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2017 Feb 18. pii: S1552-5260(17)30018-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2017.01.012. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Postupna N, Latimer CS, Larson EB, Sherfield E, Paladin J, Shively CA, Jorgensen MJ, Andrews RN, Kaplan JR, Crane PK, Montine KS, Craft S, Keene CD, Montine TJ. Human striatal dopaminergic and regional serotonergic synaptic degeneration with lewy body disease and inheritance of Apoe Epsilon4. Am J Pathol. 2017 Feb 14. pii: S0002-9440(17)30060-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2016.12.010. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Jackson ML, Walker R, Lee S, Larson E, Dublin S. Reply to: quality indicators of drug use and the risk of pneumonia in older adults without dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Feb 7. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14736. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Jun G, Chung J, Mez J, Barber R, Beecham GW, Bennett DA, Buxbaum JD, Byrd GS, Carasquillo M, Crane PK, Cruchaga C, De Jager P, Ertekin-Taner N, Evans D, Fallin MD, Foroud TM, Friedland RP, Goate AM, Graff-Radford NR, Hendrie H, Hall KS, Hamilton-Nelson KL, Inzelberg R, Kamboh MI, Kauwe JSK, Kukull WA, Kunkle BW, Kuwano R, Logue MW, Manly JJ, Larson EB, Martin ER, Montine TJ, Naj A, Reiman EM, Reitz C, Sherva R, St. Geroge-Hyslop PH, Younkin SG, Vardarajan BN, Wang L, Wendlund JR, Winslow AR, Alzheimer Disease Genetics Consortium, Haines J, Mayeux R, Pericak-Vance MA, Schellenberg G, Lunetta K, Farrer LA. Transethnic genome-wide scan identifies novel Alzheimer disease loci. Alzheimers Dement. 2017 Feb 6. pii: S1552-5260(17)30003-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2016.12.012. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Marouli E, Graff M, Medina-Gomez C, Lo KS, Wood AR, Kjaer TR, Fine RS, Lu Y, Schurmann C, Highland HM, Rüeger S, Thorleifsson G, Justice AE, Lamparter D, Stirrups KE, Turcot V, Young KL, Winkler TW, Esko T, Karaderi T, Locke AE, Masca NG, Ng MC, Mudgal P, Rivas MA, Vedantam S, Mahajan A, Guo X, Abecasis G, Aben KK, Adair LS, Alam DS, Albrecht E, Allin KH, Allison M, Amouyel P, Appel EV, Arveiler D, Asselbergs FW, Auer PL, Balkau B, Banas B, Bang LE, Benn M, Bergmann S, Bielak LF, Blüher M, Boeing H, Boerwinkle E, Böger CA, Bonnycastle LL, Bork-Jensen J, Bots ML, Bottinger EP, Bowden DW, Brandslund I, Breen G, Brilliant MH, Broer L, Burt AA, Butterworth AS, Carey DJ, Caulfield MJ, Chambers JC, Chasman DI, Chen YI, Chowdhury R, Christensen C, Chu AY, Cocca M, Collins FS, Cook JP, Corley J, Galbany JC, Cox AJ, Cuellar-Partida G, Danesh J, Davies G, de Bakker PI, de Borst GJ, de Denus S, de Groot MC, de Mutsert R, Deary IJ, Dedoussis G, Demerath EW, den Hollander AI, Dennis JG, Di Angelantonio E, Drenos F, Du M, Dunning AM, Easton DF, Ebeling T, Edwards TL, Ellinor PT, Elliott P, Evangelou E, Farmaki AE, Faul JD, Feitosa MF, Feng S, Ferrannini E, Ferrario MM, Ferrieres J, Florez JC, Ford I, Fornage M, Franks PW, Frikke-Schmidt R, Galesloot TE, Gan W, Gandin I, Gasparini P, Giedraitis V, Giri A, Girotto G, Gordon SD, Gordon-Larsen P, Gorski M, Grarup N, Grove ML, Gudnason V, Gustafsson S, Hansen T, Harris KM, Harris TB, Hattersley AT, Hayward C, He L, Heid IM, Heikkilä K, Helgeland Ø, Hernesniemi J, Hewitt AW, Hocking LJ, Hollensted M, Holmen OL, Hovingh GK, Howson JM, Hoyng CB, Huang PL, Hveem K, Ikram MA, Ingelsson E, Jackson AU, Jansson JH, Jarvik GP, Jensen GB, Jhun MA, Jia Y, Jiang X, Johansson S, Jørgensen ME, Jørgensen T, Jousilahti P, Jukema JW, Kahali B, Kahn RS, Kähönen M, Kamstrup PR, Kanoni S, Kaprio J, Karaleftheri M, Kardia SL, Karpe F, Kee F, Keeman R, Kiemeney LA, Kitajima H, Kluivers KB, Kocher T, Komulainen P, Kontto J, Kooner JS, Kooperberg C, Kovacs P, Kriebel J, Kuivaniemi H, Küry S, Kuusisto J, La Bianca M, Laakso M, Lakka TA, Lange EM, Lange LA, Langefeld CD, Langenberg C, Larson EB, Lee IT, Lehtimäki T, Lewis CE, Li H, Li J, Li-Gao R, Lin H, Lin LA, Lin X, Lind L, Lindström J, Linneberg A, Liu Y, Liu Y, Lophatananon A, Luan J, Lubitz SA, Lyytikäinen LP, Mackey DA, Madden PA, Manning AK, Männistö S, Marenne G, Marten J, Martin NG, Mazul AL, Meidtner K, Metspalu A, Mitchell P, Mohlke KL, Mook-Kanamori DO, Morgan A, Morris AD, Morris AP, Müller-Nurasyid M, Munroe PB, Nalls MA, Nauck M, Nelson CP, Neville M, Nielsen SF, Nikus K, Njølstad PR, Nordestgaard BG, Ntalla I, O'Connel JR, Oksa H, Loohuis LM, Ophoff RA, Owen KR, Packard CJ, Padmanabhan S, Palmer CN, Pasterkamp G, Patel AP, Pattie A, Pedersen O, Peissig PL, Peloso GM, Pennell CE, Perola M, Perry JA, Perry JR, Person TN, Pirie A, Polasek O, Posthuma D, Raitakari OT, Rasheed A, Rauramaa R, Reilly DF, Reiner AP, Renström F, Ridker PM, Rioux JD, Robertson N, Robino A, Rolandsson O, Rudan I, Ruth KS, Saleheen D, Salomaa V, Samani NJ, Sandow K, Sapkota Y, Sattar N, Schmidt MK, Schreiner PJ, Schulze MB, Scott RA, Segura-Lepe MP, Shah S, Sim X, Sivapalaratnam S, Small KS, Smith AV, Smith JA, Southam L, Spector TD, Speliotes EK, Starr JM, Steinthorsdottir V, Stringham HM, Stumvoll M, Surendran P, 't Hart LM, Tansey KE, Tardif JC, Taylor KD, Teumer A, Thompson DJ, Thorsteinsdottir U, Thuesen BH, Tönjes A, Tromp G, Trompet S, Tsafantakis E, Tuomilehto J, Tybjaerg-Hansen A, Tyrer JP, Uher R, Uitterlinden AG, Ulivi S, van der Laan SW, Van Der Leij AR, van Duijn CM, van Schoor NM, van Setten J, Varbo A, Varga TV, Varma R, Edwards DR, Vermeulen SH, Vestergaard H, Vitart V, Vogt TF, Vozzi D, Walker M, Wang F, Wang CA, Wang S, Wang Y, Wareham NJ, Warren HR, Wessel J, Willems SM, Wilson JG, Witte DR, Woods MO, Wu Y, Yaghootkar H, Yao J, Yao P, Yerges-Armstrong LM, Young R, Zeggini E, Zhan X, Zhang W, Zhao JH, Zhao W, Zhao W, Zheng H, Zhou W; EPIC-InterAct Consortium.; CHD Exome+ Consortium.; ExomeBP Consortium.; T2D-Genes Consortium.; GoT2D Genes Consortium.; Global Lipids Genetics Consortium.; ReproGen Consortium.; MAGIC Investigators., Rotter JI, Boehnke M, Kathiresan S, McCarthy MI, Willer CJ, Stefansson K, Borecki IB, Liu DJ, North KE, Heard-Costa NL, Pers TH, Lindgren CM, Oxvig C, Kutalik Z, Rivadeneira F, Loos RJ, Frayling TM, Hirschhorn JN, Deloukas P, Lettre G. Rare and low-frequency coding variants alter human adult height. Nature. 2017 Feb 9;542(7640):186-190. doi: 10.1038/nature21039. Epub 2017 Feb 1. PubMed

 

Business News

Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health is good for research

GHRI is now one of Kaiser Permanente’s eight regional health research institutes. Dr. Eric B. Larson explains why he’s excited about the change.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

Notes from Eric

‘Follow the money’ to reduce cost and improve health care

Regardless of what’s ahead for the ACA, the U.S. must reduce health spending. Dr. Eric B. Larson points to a University of Washington study that reveals how.

Read it in our Healthy Findings blog, and Healthcare in America.

KPWHRI In the Media

Dementia is developing in a smaller proportion of older Americans over time

Whether statins cut Alzheimer's risk may depend on gender, race

HealthDay (syndicated), Dec. 12, 2016

News release

Dementia is developing in a smaller proportion of older Americans over time

November 21, 2016—Trend tied to more education, physical activity, and controlling heart risks, say Dr. Eric B. Larson and University of Michigan team.

Read news release.

KPWHRI In the Media

ACT study: Long-running study of aging examines changes in Group Health patients over time

Dr. Eric Larson gave up administration to chase dementia cure

Health Care Inc., Aug. 25, 2016

dementia & continuous care

Continuous medical care is crucial for people with dementia

Dr. Larson discusses how continuity of care for dementia patients may lower costs, emergency visits, and hospital stays.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

Live Healthy

Your brain is a reservoir: Replenish it with these 10 healthy habits

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.

Read it in Live Healthy.