About Dr. Walt Larimore

Walt Larimore, MD, is an internationally-recognized family physician, a best-selling author, and an award-winning medical journalist.

Internationally-Recognized Family Physician, Educator, Teacher

Dr. Larimore has practiced family medicine for over 30 years (delivering over 1,500 babies).

Dr. Larimore has been listed in:

  • 2021: Listed in the 2021 Edition of “Who’s Who in the World.”
  • 2020: Named “Top Family Practitioner” by Colorado Magazine.
  • 2013-2020: Listed each year in the (68th-74rd) editions of Marquis Who’s Who in America
  • 2019: Named a Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient of Marquis Who’s Who in America. Less than 5% of Who’s Who in America listees are selected for this singular honor.
  • 2012: Listed in the 2013 (67th) edition of Who’s Who in America and the 2012-2013 edition of the Best Doctors in America.
  • 2009: Listed in the 2009 edition of the Guide to America’s Top Family Doctors.
  • 2007: Listed in the 2008-2009 (10th) edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
  • 2006: Named an International Health Professional of the Year; Listed in the 2006-2007 (9th) edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
  • 2005: Listed in the 2004-2005 edition of the Guide to America’s Top Family Doctors; Named an inaugural member of the Leading Educators of the World in the field of Family Medicine
  • 2004: Listed as an International Scientist of the Year; Listed in The 2000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century; Listed in the 2004-2005 (5th) edition of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare (pub 2004); Listed in International Health Professionals of the Year; Named a Laureate of the Living Science Award (for services to Research, Application, Healthcare and Education in all scientific fields – the premier scientific award of the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England)
  • 2003: Listed in International Health Professionals of the Year; Listed in the 2003-2004 (7th) edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
  • 2002: Listed in “The Best Doctors in America” (1998-2002); Listed in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals; Listed in the 2002-2003 (4th) edition Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
  • 2001: Listed in the 2001-2002 (3rd) edition Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
  • 2000: Listed in Who’s Who in America
  • 1999: Listed as a “Leading Physician” by Health Grades in the categories of Sports Medicine and Family Practice; Awarded the National Educator of the Year by the Christian Medical and Dental Society; Listed in How to Find the Best Doctors – Florida; Listed in Swathmore’s Millennium Edition of Who’s Who in America
  • 1998: Awarded the Rock Solid Pro-Life Award from the American Life League; Listed in The Best Doctors in America
  • 1996: Listed in The Best Doctors in America – Southeast Region; Awarded the Thomas W. Johnson Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians’ for outstanding contributions to family practice education (first nonacademic physician ever named); Inducted into The Hall of Fame of The Great Florida Shoot Out Basketball Tournament
  • 1992: Listed in “Distinguished Physicians of America”

Dr. Walt’s multiple listings include:

  • “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” (2003-2007),
  • “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare” (2002-2004),
  • “International Health Professionals of the Year” (2004-2005),
  • “International Health Scientists of the Year” (2004-2005), and
  • “International Health Scientist of the Year” (2004).
  • “The Best Doctors in America” (1998-2002).

In addition, Dr. Larimore has been listed in:

  • The Guide to America’s Top Family Doctors (2004-2005),
  • America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals (2002), and
  • The 2000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century (2004).

In 1996, Dr. Larimore was named America’s Outstanding Family Physician Educator (Thomas W. Johnson Award) by the American Academy of Family Physicians and in 1999, he and Barb were named National Educators of the Year by the Christian Medical Association.

Dr. Larimore was listed as an inaugural member of the Leading Educators of the World (in the field of family medicine), by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.

Dr. Larimore is retiring from patient care in December 2021 after serving as an Occupational Medicine Physician (UCHealth 2017-2021 and Concentra 2012-2017). He served as the Medical Director for Mission Medical Clinic in Colorado Springs – a Christian ministry to uninsured patients (2005-2012) while also teaching part-time, holding adjunct clinical academic appointments in family medicine at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program in Tulsa, OK (2005-2019) and University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program in Denver, CO (2002-2005). Dr. Larimore served (2001-2004) as Vice President and Family Physician in Residence at Focus on the Family.

Dr. Larimore practiced four years in the small town of Bryson City in the rural Smoky Mountains of North Carolina before moving to Kissimmee, Florida in 1985, where he practiced for 16 years. During this time he served over a decade as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee and was named to the Great Florida Shootout Basketball Tournament Hall of Fame.

Dr. Larimore received his B.S. degree from Louisiana State University in 1974, his M.D. degree, with AOA honors, from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1977; then completed a General Practice Teaching Fellowship at Queen’s Hospital in Nottingham, England in 1978 and his Residency in Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in 1981.

Dr. Larimore is Board Certified by the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (2018-present) and was previously Board Certified by the American Board of Family Physicians (ABFP 1981-2018) and has been awarded the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine by the ABFP (1991-2001). He has been awarded the American Medical Association’s Physician Recognition Award every year since 1981.

Dr. Larimore and his childhood sweetheart, Barb, have been married over 47 years, have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author

Dr. Larimore is a prolific author and has edited, written, or co-written forty books.

His most recent books include:

Other popular books include:

Dr. Larimore co-wrote Workplace Grace: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work, which in 2004 won a Silver Medallion Book Award and was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award. The video series, leader’s guide and participant’s guide for Workplace Grace: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work also won a Silver Medallion Book Award and was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005.

Dr. Larimore has also co-authored:

He has written four best-selling books:

10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People was re-released as God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Person and The Highly Healthy Child was re-released as God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child. Both re-releases came out at the same time as his book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen.

Dr. Larimore also:

  • Served as the General Editor for Updates in Maternity Care and
  • Served as a contributing author for the Mayo Clinic’s Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby’s First Year,
  • Focus on the Family’s Complete Book of Baby and Child Care and
  • Focus on the Family’s Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones.

Dr. Larimore has published over 600 medical articles, editorials and monographs in dozens of medical publications and magazines. He has written over two dozen medical text book chapters, on topics ranging from maternity care, prenatal care, sports injuries, endoscopy, rural health economics, and ethics.

Award-Winning Medical Journalist

Dr. Larimore has been a medical journalist since 1995.

Dr. Larimore hosted over 700 daily episodes of Focus on Your Family’s Health (2001-2004) while Vice-President and Physician in Residence at Focus on the Family. These 90-second daily news features were in as many as 75 radio and 37 TV markets across the U.S. Dr. Larimore also provided live on-air interviews to local TV affiliates and national cable TV outlets about breaking medical news.

Dr. Larimore hosted over 850 live daily episodes of the daily National Cable TV Show Ask the Family Doctor (1995-2000) on America’s Health Network and later on the Fox Health Network. While with Fox, Dr. Larimore was awarded the prestigious Gracie Award in 2000 by the American Women in Radio and Television for his work on a program about breast cancer and reconstructive surgery for Fox News’s Health Network.

Besides hosting the show in-studio, he also performed investigative and field work. At its peak, his show was available in over 28 million American homes. Joe Maddox, the past President and COO of America’s Health Network, said the Dr. Larimore had more “… actual on-air TV experience than any physician in the history of television.”

Dr. Larimore also hosted a medical news minute on The Health Network and the Apple a Day segment on The Health Network and later on Discovery Health.

On Ask the Family Doctor, Dr. Larimore hosted several of the nation’s first live televised medical procedures. He conceived and hosted the first worldwide live Internet and TV birth in June 1998 – a then innovative approach to reality TV that was covered by most large media outlets. Of his hosting, the international edition of Time Magazine said, “Dr. Walt Larimore, a distinguished private physician conducted the exercise like a veteran 60 Minutes reporter.”

From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Larimore hosted the nationally syndicated Focus on Your Family’s Health. These 90-second daily news features were in as many as 75 radio and 37 TV markets across the U.S. Dr. Larimore also provided live on-air interviews to local TV affiliates and national cable TV outlets about breaking medical news.

Dr. Larimore has appeared in interviews on NBC’s “The Today Show;” “CBS Good Morning;” “CNN Headline News;” CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” CNBC’s “The Abrams Report;” PBS’ “Family Works;” and several Fox News shows, including “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity and Colmes,” and “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

As a family health and medical expert, Dr. Larimore has been sought for print interviews with dozens of newspapers: including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, Orlando Sentinel, National Catholic Register, Malaysia Strait Times, South China Post and the UPI. He has been interviewed by national magazines including Redbook, First for Women, and Pediatric News.

38 Responses to About Dr. Walt Larimore

  1. Gary DeSalvo says:

    getting 2 emails twice a day from Walt’s updates/blog…only need 1:)

  2. Dr. Walt says:


    Are you getting two emails from the health blog (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) AND two emails from the devotional blog (one in the morning and one in the evening)?


  3. Linda says:

    I have tried to register for your health blog. I keep getting emails to “click here to complete my registration”. When I do I get the following message: “No such email address registered”. If it is not registered then why do I keep getting emails to click here to complete?

  4. Dr. Walt says:

    Hey Linda,

    Lpwnbcw@aol.com (with a capital “L”) registered for the blog on 10/29/14.

    lpwnbcw@aol.com (with a little “l”) registered for the blog on 2/23/12.

    I can keep both of them register or eliminate one of them. Just let me know.

    Dr. Walt

  5. Ronald Perkins says:

    I just wanted to renew my subscription since I have not received anything for health,but I’ve been receiving things on devotion.

  6. Dr. Walt says:


    You currently have two subscriptions listed for this email address in my health blog database. The first was made on 2013-05-27, and the most recent on 2014-11-21. Perhaps the old one was going to a spam folder? Anyway, you should be getting be getting the health blog twice a day.

    I hope you and yours have a warm-memory-creating, family filled Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

    Dr. Walt

  7. Jade Fung says:

    I’m having problem receiving emails from your blog. Gmail previously put your emails into spam and I had gone through reporting it to them and putting your email address into my contact list, which finally made it back into my inbox. However, it stopped delivering any of your emails since March this year, I went through all junk/spam boxes but could find any. Today I tried to unsubscribe and subscribe back, but I was wondering did you stop sending out notifications of new blog post? Is Gmail blocking your address for whatever reasons?

  8. Dr. Walt says:


    I checked and you are indeed subscribed (as of 5/6/15). I’ve not heard from others having trouble, but let me check with a web guy and let you know.

    Dr. Walt

  9. Jade Fung says:

    I’m still not getting email from your blog, but I can see that you are still posting daily. Fyi

  10. Dr. Walt says:

    Still haven’t heard back from the tech guys.

    Dr. Walt

  11. Barbara Loeppke says:

    Dr. Walt – I have to say that you are wrong abo0ut the use of aborted fetal cells being limited to fetuses in the 1060’s. There is current resarch being done using the PER.C6 fetal cell line and this was conceived and aborted specifically for research purposes. What about HEK 298? And you seem to forget that with the WI-38, there was WI-1, WI-2, WI-3, WI-4, WI-5, WI-6, WI-7, WI-8, WI-9, WI-10, WI-11, WI-12, WI-13, WI-14, WI-15, WI-16, WI-17, WI-18, WI-19, WI-20, WI-21, WI-22, WI-23, WI-24, WI-25, WI-26, WI-27, WI-28, WI-29, WI-30, WI-31, WI-32, WI-33, WI-34, WI-35, WI-36, WI-37 before they got to the 38th fetus that was usable. The same goes for the MRC line. I am not sure about HEK as it is the number of the experiment – unknown if it is the number of the fetus killed. In addition, has it actually occurred to you that the cells are ALIVE? That dead cells can not be used, so the child still has cells which are kept alive after the child’s death? This is NOT ethical in any world!!!!

  12. Mary Lacis says:

    I signed up on your blog because I read 3 of your books and liked the way you combined conventional and natural medicine; however, I was very disappointed to read the blog entries on autism and to discover that you are not recognizing or supporting the biomedical treatment of autism. As a grandmother who has seen an amazing improvement in a youngster in my family who underwent biomedical treatment, I have to agree with biomedical doctors who treat autism that while not every child with autism will be healed after undergoing treatment, every child will imrove to some extent. As far as vaccinations are concerned – they are suspect because the introduce toxins into the childs body that they are not able to eliminate. This adds to the toxins that are already present and result in an overload that manifests itself in abnormal behaviours (stimming, repetitiveness etc.) If you read some of the excellent information available on line and in books you may be surprised how children can be helped with biomedical treatment.

  13. Brandon says:

    Hello Dr Walt,
    In my research of Advocare probiotics, Google directed me to an article by you on this website.
    In it you say ‘Among the products selected by ConsumerLab.com, only two (Advocare Probiotic Restore and Udo’s Choice Adult Formula) were found to accurately list’

    I then went to consumer labs where I became I member, and read its testing. It did not include Advocare Probiotic Restore. Nor did it include Udo’s Choice Adult Formula by the way.

    Perhaps you can provide a link to the specific test you are referring to. I have used the Consumerlab’s search and find no testing at all on Advocare products.


  14. Dr. Walt says:


    You’ll have to check with ConsumerLab.com to see why they’ve taken down their original report. I was one of several journalists who all referred to the same ConsumerLab review. You can see that their quotes are identical to mine. Two examples can be found http://tinyurl.com/zj4svv2 and http://tinyurl.com/z7udabc. If you hear from ConsumerLab.com, be sure to let me know.

    Dr. Walt

  15. Brandon says:

    Dr. Walt,
    I’ve written to ConsumerLab asking for clarification. True there are a great many hits in a Google search that link Advocare to Consumerlab. It will be very interesting to know the full story.

    Thanks for the follow up and I will keep you informed.

  16. Dr. Walt says:

    Do let me know what you learn.

    Dr. Walt

  17. Martha Chavis says:

    I have your three Bryson City Books. Love them. Wish there were more!

  18. Dr. Walt says:

    Well, there are. Check out “Hazel Creek” and “Sugar Fork.” They are novels about the Bryson City area set in the 1920’s.


    Dr. Walt

  19. Louisa A Eicher says:

    I just talked to my brother who is in Family Practice in Pa. His wife and him attended a conference of yours and Bill Peel. They really enjoyed it very much and he got me all excited about your story and your books. Our family has 7 nurses and a Dr. and we lost a nephew in death was a Vet. Our Mother was a Practical Nurse . so we are a Medical family ! GOD Bless !!! Louisa from Michigan

  20. Dr. Walt says:


    I hope the books are a blessing.

    Dr. Walt

  21. Mark Meacham says:

    Dr Walt,
    I have been a fan since my residency days. Had the pleasure of being at a conference in Jackson Hole with you and Barbara many years ago. I’m not saying it was a long time, but my son was 1, and he’s in college now. Your delightful books, most of which I own, have spared me the task of having to write about my experiences, as I’m sure I could not do as well as you have. Even though I have the Bryson City Books, I have been reading the chapters as you post them. All of this is leading up to one thing. Are there ANY pictures of the musky? Or the poor man’s arm. Thanks for all you do for the beautiful and underappreciated practice of Family Medicine.
    Your Friend and Fan,
    Dr Mark

  22. Hi Mark,

    Alas, no pictures of the event, the arm, or the fish … that I know of. In fact, we have very few pictures of our days in Bryson City at all. But, we have some great memories.

    And, I hope you do get to write of your story and stories one day. It’s a great exercise and there will be many who will enjoy them and benefit from them.

    Blessings on the journey.


  23. Anne Loss says:

    I got one of the Bryson City Books on amazon and they are a great read and reminds me of authors like Philip Gulley, Larimore keeps readers laughing through one chapter and teary-eyed through the next. Good work

  24. Thanks for the feedback. It’s a blessing.


  25. Debbie Manthe says:

    I saw in the “Meet Dr. Larimore” section of your book, God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Person, that some of the most influential people early in your career were Dr. Stan Shaw and his wife, Inez. Would Mrs. Shaw have been a teacher at Tara High School the first year it was in operation (1970-71)?

    I had a Mrs. Shaw for Clerical Practice as a senior at Tara High, and I believe she lived near LSU off Perkins Road not far from Hyacinth and near Southside Baptist Church on Lee Dr. That would be so neat if this was the same person.

    I enjoy your writings and am so encouraged by your approach to medicine using all aspects of how God made us to function within the spiritual and physical realms. Thank you for your contribution to helping us all better understand how to treat our bodies as God’s temple. Blessings for a wonderful 2018!

  26. Hi Debbie,

    You are correct, in that my wife’s mother and father, Dr. Stan Shaw and Inez (Pud) Shaw were incredibly influential to me. And, indeed, Barb’s mom, Pud, taught at Tara High School. They lived on Jolly Drive until they passed.

    Blessings for you and yours for a Happy New Year.


  27. Jackie Kay says:

    Hello Dr Walt,

    I live in NW Alabama and I think I heard you say one time on Focus on the Family that you lived or practiced medicine in Decatur, AL. Anyway, my son and daughter in law are both in Med School in south AL. Unfortunately, my son has come to believe what Med School teaches these days that the aborted baby under 4 months doesn’t feel pain when aborted. I don’t believe this and can’t believe that medical professors can know this. I know it grieves God’s heart for babies to be aborted.

    Thank your for your ministry and your faithfulness to the Lord and the medical profession. Glad I found you on the internet and can read your godly advice.

    Blessings to you and your loved ones,

  28. Hello Jackie,

    Barb and I actually live in Colorado Springs.

    Here’s an article on pain in the unborn: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/05/23/expert-tells-congress-unborn-babies-can-feel-pain-starting-at-8-weeks/

    All the best.

    Dr. Walt

  29. Jack Burke says:

    Hi Dr. Walt,

    I hope you’re having a great day. I’m Jack from Hims. I recently came across your site and I thought it would be a great fit for an upcoming initiative our team is working on.

    April is National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and we’re looking to start a conversation and raise awareness about the disease. We have created a fact sheet that discusses the disease in relation to sexual health. I would love to share it with you, and discuss the possibility of collaborating on an article for your site.

    Let me know your thoughts on the idea. I’m happy to provide more information.


  30. Hey Jack,

    Thanks, but I’m not actively blogging new health posts right now.

    Dr. Walt

  31. Mom K says:

    Hi! Would you be willing to answer me personally through email regarding the incident with “Danny” in BC? My question is in sincere respect for your story and my faith only. Thank you!

  32. Feel free to ask here.

    Dr. Walt

  33. Patrick Bailey says:

    Hello friends at Dr Walt,

    My name is Patrick, I was wondering if http://www.drwalt.com was accepting contributor articles. I have a background in journalism and have an English degree from Central Michigan University. I am looking to expand my portfolio and I thought I would be a good match for your site.

    I am open to additional assignments and maybe even the chance to become a contributor.

    Also, are there any guidelines for me to check out?

    I look forward to working with you,

    Patrick Bailey

  34. Thanks for the offer, but all articles are original and from me.

    Dr. Walt

  35. Mom K says:

    Hi again! My question is in regards to “Billy” and “Azar”. How much of that incident was truthful? I only want to know as it was very touching and I’d like to encourage others with the facts of that story. I believe in everything the Bible says and has to say about angels, but I didnt know if some of what was written was exaggerated for the reader. Just clarifying! Thank you!

  36. All of the incidents in the “Bryson City” books depict actual events. At times the name, gender, age, and other identifying information was changed to protect the innocent and guilty.

    Dr. Walt

  37. Just located you after years since u left NC. Please drop me a note and I’ll bring up to in MFC! Give Barbara our love from both Hervy and Deborah.

  38. SO great to hear from you. Will drop you a note.


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