Award-winning Family Physician and Best-Selling Author
Walt Larimore, MD
Dr. Larimore has been called “one of America’s best-known family physicians” and has been listed in the Best Doctors in America, Distinguished Physicians of America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in America, and the International Health Professionals of the Year.
His MD degree is from Louisiana State University, with AOA Honors, while his Family Medicine residency, with an emphasis in Sports Medicine was at the Duke University Medical Center, where he was named one of the top twelve Family Medicine residents in the nation. He also completed a Queen’s Teaching Fellowship in Nottingham, England.
After his training, Dr. Larimore practiced 4 years in the Smoky Mountains before moving to Central Florida to practice for 16 years. From 1993-1994 he served as the President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. In 1996, he was named America’s Outstanding Family Medicine Educator (the Thomas W. Johnson Award) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2000, the Christian Medical Association named Dr. and Mrs. Larimore Educators of the Year.
The Larimores relocated to Colorado in 2001, where he first served as Vice President and Physician in Residence at Focus on the Family (2001-2004), and later served as the Medical Director (2008-2012) for Mission Medical Clinic, a free, faith-based health clinic for the poor sponsored by over 100 churches and religious organizations in Colorado Springs, where he and his wife, Barb, still volunteer.
Besides practicing family medicine, Dr. Larimore is also an author, educator, and medical journalist. He serves on the adjunct family medicine faculty of the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.
Dr. Larimore is a prolific author and has published thirty books, thirty medical textbook chapters, and nearly 700 articles in a variety of medical journals and lay magazines. His best-selling books include Bryson City Tales, Bryson City Seasons, and Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook. His books have garnered a number of national awards, including three Gold Medallion Award nominations, two Christy Award nominations, a Retailer’s Choice Award, and a Book of the Year Award from ECPA.
Dr. Larimore currently posts a twice-a-day topical devotional (www.Devotional.DrWalt.com) and, since 2007, has written a health column, Ask Dr. Walt, for Significant Living magazine. From 2007-2012, Dr. Larimore posted a medical and health news blog (www.DrWalt.com/blog), for which he posted over 2000 articles.
Dr. Larimore co-wrote, with Barb, his childhood sweetheart and wife of over 39 years, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage. He also wrote the health chapter for Coach Joe Gibb’s best-selling book Game Plan for Life.
Dr. Larimore’s most recent health book is 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People. He’s also recently written two books for kids going through puberty (and their parents). The Ultimate Guys' Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body was published in 2012 and The Ultimate Girls' Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body will be published in 2014.
Since 2010, Dr. Larimore has published four novels. The first two, The Gabon Virus and The Influenza Bomb, were written with his dear friend Paul McCusker. His first two solo novels, Hazel Creek, and its sequel, Sugar Fork were released in 2012 – both were nominated for Christy Awards.
As a medical journalist, from 1996 to 2001, Dr. Larimore hosted over 850 episodes of the daily, live Ask the Family Doctor show on Fox’s Health Network, being awarded the prestigious Gracie Award by the American Women in Radio and Television in 2000. From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Larimore hosted the Focus on Your Family’s Health – a nationally syndicated radio and TV feature.
Dr. Larimore has been a frequent guest about family health topics on a wide variety of television and radio programs and has appeared on The Today Show, CBS’s Morning Show, several Fox News programs (including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, Paula Zahn, and Shepherd Smith), and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. He also has provided medical commentary for radio stations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Baltimore, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Tampa, Albuquerque, Ft. Wayne, and others.
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