Walt Larimore, MD, DABFP, FAAFP, is an award-winning medical journalist, a best-selling author, and a nationally-recognized family physician.
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.
Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author
Dr. Larimore is a prolific author and has edited, written, or co-written twenty books.
His most recent books include 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy and his first two novels, co-written with Paul McCusker: Time Scene Investigators: The Gabon Virus and Time Scene Investigators: The Influenza Bomb.
His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage was co-written with Barb Larimore and released in 2007.
The Highly Healthy Child was awarded a Silver Medallion Book Award in 2004 and was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award.
10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People was awarded the Retailers Choice Award in 2004 in the category of health and fitness.
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:
- Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook,
- Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster,
- Lintball Leo’s Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body (For Boys),
- The Honeymoon of Your Dreams: A practical guide to planning a romantic honeymoon, and
- SuperSized Kids: How to Rescue your Child from the Obesity Threat.
He has written four best-selling books:
- Bryson City Tales: Stories of a Doctor’s First Year of Practice in the Smoky Mountains,
- Bryson City Seasons: More Tales of a Doctors Practice in the Smoky Mountains,
- Bryson City Secrets: Even More Tales of a Small-Town Doctor in the Smoky Mountains, and
- Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook.
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.
Nationally-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:
- “Distinguished Physicians of America” (1992),
- “The Best Doctors in America” (1998-2002),
- “Who’s Who in America” (2000),
- “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare” (2002-2004),
- “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” (2003-2007),
- “International Health Professionals of the Year” (2004-2005),
- “International Health Scientists of the Year” (2004-2005), and
- “International Health Scientist of the Year” (2004).
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 currently serves as the Medical Director for Mission Medical Clinic in Colorado Springs – a Christian ministry to uninsured patients. He also teaches part-time, holding adjunct clinical academic appointments in family medicine at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program in Tulsa, OK and University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program in Denver, CO.
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 American Board of Family Practice and has been awarded the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine by the ABFP. 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 37 years, have two grown children and two grandchildren. They have recently been adopted by Jackson Lee Larimore, (aka, “Jack”) a beautiful tabbycat.