Eric H. Larson, PhD
Research Professor, Family Medicine
Director - WWAMI Rural Health Research Center


Biographical Profile

I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and earned my undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Minnesota. After living for a few years in California, I went back to school and earned a master�s degree in medical geography at the University of Calgary in Alberta. After some more time off from school, much of it spent traveling in Asia, I entered the doctoral program in medical geography at the University of Washington in 1988.
While attending UW, I had a graduate research assistantship at the WWAMI Rural Research Center in the Department of Family Medicine. That job evolved into a career in health services research focused especially on rural health and rural health workforce issues. After working at the Rural Health Research Center and the Center for Health Workforce Studies for seventeen years, I joined MEDEX Northwest in 2006, dividing my time between physician assistant research, teaching in the MEDEX master�s program, and supervising the MEDEX IT team. In 2012, I rejoined, on a part-time basis, the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, this time as the Director of the Center.
I was drawn to MEDEX by its mission and by the integrity and commitment of its staff and faculty. I am proud to have all of them as colleagues, and to be part of an organization that is so dedicated to, and so successful at, training providers who are improving health care access and outcomes every day � especially for rural and underserved populations.

Published Articles





Geographic and specialty distribution of US physicians trained to treat opioid use disorder. Rosenblatt RA, Andrilla CH, Catlin M, Larson EH Ann Fam Med
Physician assistants in orthopedic practice. A national study. Larson EH, Coerver DA, Wick KH, Ballweg RA J Allied Health 2011
Workforce issues in rural surgery. Lynge DC, Larson EH Surg. Clin. North Am. 2009
Growth and change in the physician assistant workforce in the United States, 1967-2000. Larson EH, Hart LG J Allied Health 2007
Rural definitions for health policy and research. Hart LG, Larson EH, Lishner DM Am J Public Health 2005
The contribution of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to generalist care in Washington State. Larson EH, Palazzo L, Berkowitz B, Pirani MJ, Hart LG Health Serv Res 2003
Low-bandwidth, low-cost telemedicine consultations in rural family practice. Norris TE, Hart GL, Larson EH, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Masuda DL, Fuller SS, House PJ, Dyck SM J Am Board Fam Pract
National estimates of physician assistant productivity. Larson EH, Hart LG, Ballweg R J Allied Health 2001
Dimensions of retention: a national study of the locational histories of physician assistants. Larson EH, Hart LG, Goodwin MK, Geller J, Andrilla C J Rural Health 1999
Is non-metropolitan residence a risk factor for poor birth outcome in the U.S.? Larson EH, Hart LG, Rosenblatt RA Soc Sci Med 1997
Beyond retention: National Health Service Corps participation and subsequent practice locations of a cohort of rural family physicians. Rosenblatt RA, Saunders G, Shreffler J, Pirani MJ, Larson EH, Hart LG J Am Board Fam Pract
A comparison of the investment in hospital-based obstetrical ultrasound in Wales and Washington state. Rosenblatt RA, Dawson AJ, Larson EH, Tressler CJ, Jones A, Hart LG, Nesbitt TS Int J Technol Assess Health Care 1995
Rural physician assistants: a survey of graduates of MEDEX Northwest. Larson EH, Hart LG, Hummel J Public Health Rep
The diffusion of obstetric technology into rural U.S. hospitals. Rosenblatt RA, Saunders GR, Tressler CJ, Larson EH, Nesbitt TS, Hart LG Int J Technol Assess Health Care 1994
Rural residence and poor birth outcome in Washington state. Larson EH, Hart LG, Rosenblatt RA J Rural Health 1992