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
Park S, White L, Fishman P, Larson EB, Coe NB. Health care utilization, care satisfaction, and health status for Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare beneficiaries with and without Alzheimer disease and related dementias. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(3):e201809. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.1809.
Hu Y, Graff M, Haessler J, Buyske S, Bien SA, Tao R, Highland HM, Nishimura KK, Zubair N, Lu Y, Verbanck M, Hilliard AT, Klarin D, Damrauer SM, Ho YL; VA Million Veteran Program, Wilson PWF, Chang KM, Tsao PS, Cho K, O'Donnell CJ, Assimes TL, Petty LE, Below JE, Dikilitas O, Schaid DJ, Kosel ML, Kullo IJ, Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Jarvik GP, Feng Q, Wei WQ, Larson EB, Mentch FD, Almoguera B, Sleiman PM, Raffield LM, Correa A, Martin LW, Daviglus M, Matise TC, Ambite JL, Carlson CS, Do R, Loos RJF, Wilkens LR, Le Marchand L, Haiman C, Stram DO, Hindorff LA, North KE, Kooperberg C, Cheng I, Peters U. Minority-centric meta-analyses of blood lipid levels identify novel loci in the Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) study. PLoS Genet. 2020 Mar 30;16(3):e1008684. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008684. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Marcum ZA, Hohl SD, Barthold D, Zaslavsky O, Larson EB, Gray SL. Beliefs about benefits and harms of medications and supplements for brain health. Prev Med Rep. 2020 Jan 25;17:101060. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101060. eCollection 2020. PubMed
Reiman EM, Arboleda-Velasquez JF, Quiroz YT, Huentelman MJ, Beach TG, Caselli RJ, Chen Y, Su Y, Myers AJ, Hardy J, Paul Vonsattel J, Younkin SG, Bennett DA, De Jager PL, Larson EB, Crane PK, Keene CD, Kamboh MI, Kofler JK, Duque L, Gilbert JR, Gwirtsman HE, Buxbaum JD, Dickson DW, Frosch MP, Ghetti BF, Lunetta KL, Wang LS, Hyman BT, Kukull WA, Foroud T, Haines JL, Mayeux RP, Pericak-Vance MA, Schneider JA, Trojanowski JQ, Farrer LA, Schellenberg GD, Beecham GW, Montine TJ, Jun GR; Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Consortium. Exceptionally low likelihood of Alzheimer's dementia in APOE2 homozygotes from a 5,000-person neuropathological study. Nat Commun. 2020;11(1):667. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-14279-8. PubMed
Bustamante AC, Opron K, Ehlenbach WJ, Larson EB, Crane PK, Keene CD, Standiford TJ, Singer BH. Transcriptomic profiles of sepsis in the human brain. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 Apr 1;201(7):861-863. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201909-1713LE. PubMed
Lee CM, Woodward M, Batty GD, Beiser AS, Bell S, Berr C, Bjertness E, Chalmers J, Clarke R, Dartigues JF, Davis-Plourde K, Debette S, Di Angelantonio E, Feart C, Frikke-Schmidt R, Gregson J, Haan MN, Hassing LB, Hayden KM, Hoevenaar-Blom MP, Kaprio J+++. Association of anthropometry and weight change with risk of dementia and its major subtypes: a meta-analysis consisting 2.8 million adults with 57 294 cases of dementia. Obes Rev. 2020 Apr;21(4):e12989. doi: 10.1111/obr.12989. Epub 2020 Jan 3. PubMed
Zaslavsky O, Walker RL, Crane PK, Gray SL, Larson EB. Glucose control and cognitive and physical function in adults 80+ years of age with diabetes. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2020 Aug 13;6(1):e12058. doi: 10.1002/trc2.12058. eCollection 2020. PubMed
Park S, Fishman P, White L, Larson EB, Coe NB. Disease-Specific Plan Switching Between Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. LID - 10.7812/TPP/19.059 [doi] Perm J. 2020;24. pii: 19.059. doi: 10.7812/TPP/19.059. Epub 2019 Nov 22. PubMed
Gray SL, Marcum ZA, Dublin S, Walker R, Golchin N, Rosenberg DE, Bowles EJ, Crane P, Larson EB. Association between medications acting on the central nervous system and fall-related injuries in community dwelling older adults: a new user cohort study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2020 Apr 17;75(5):1003-1009. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glz270. PubMed
Schmidt AF, Holmes MV, Preiss D, Swerdlow DI, Denaxas S, Fatemifar G, Faraway R, Finan C, Valentine D, Fairhurst-Hunter Z, Hartwig FP, Horta BL, Hypponen E, Power C, Moldovan M, van Iperen E, Hovingh K, Demuth I, Norman K, Steinhagen-Thiessen E, Demuth J, Bertram L, Lill CM, Coassin S, Willeit J, Kiechl S, Willeit K, Mason D, Wright J, Morris R, Wanamethee G, Whincup P, Ben-Shlomo Y, McLachlan S, Price JF, Kivimaki M, Welch C, Sanchez-Galvez A, Marques-Vidal P, Nicolaides A, Panayiotou AG, Onland-Moret NC, van der Schouw YT, Matullo G, Fiorito G, Guarrera S, Sacerdote C, Wareham NJ, Langenberg C, Scott RA, Luan J, Bobak M, Malyutina S, Pajak A, Kubinova R, Tamosiunas A, Pikhart H, Grarup N, Pedersen O, Hansen T, Linneberg A, Jess T, Cooper J, Humphries SE, Brilliant M, Kitchner T, Hakonarson H, Carrell DS, McCarty CA, Lester KH, Larson EB, Crosslin DR, de Andrade M, Roden DM, Denny JC, Carty C, Hancock S, Attia J, Holliday E, Scott R, Schofield P, O'Donnell M, Yusuf S, Chong M, Pare G, van der Harst P, Said MA, Eppinga RN, Verweij N, Snieder H; Lifelines Cohort authors, Christen T, Mook-Kanamori DO; ICBP Consortium, Gustafsson S, Lind L, Ingelsson E, Pazoki R, Franco O, Hofman A, Uitterlinden A, Dehghan A, Teumer A, Baumeister S, Dörr M, Lerch MM, Völker U, Völzke H, Ward J, Pell JP, Meade T, Christophersen IE, Maitland-van der Zee AH, Baranova EV, Young R, Ford I, Campbell A, Padmanabhan S, Bots ML, Grobbee DE, Froguel P, Thuillier D, Roussel R, Bonnefond A, Cariou B, Smart M, Bao Y, Kumari M, Mahajan A, Hopewell JC, Seshadri S; METASTROKE Consortium of the ISGC, Dale C, Costa RPE, Ridker PM, Chasman DI, Reiner AP, Ritchie MD, Lange LA, Cornish AJ, Dobbins SE, Hemminki K, Kinnersley B, Sanson M, Labreche K, Simon M, Bondy M, Law P, Speedy H, Allan J, Li N, Went M, Weinhold N, Morgan G, Sonneveld P, Nilsson B, Goldschmidt H, Sud A, Engert A, Hansson M, Hemingway H, Asselbergs FW, Patel RS, Keating BJ, Sattar N, Houlston R, Casas JP, Hingorani AD. Phenome-wide association analysis of LDL-cholesterol lowering genetic variants in PCSK9. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2019 Oct 29;19(1):240. doi: 10.1186/s12872-019-1187-z. PubMed
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