Family Physician and Author
Walt Larimore, MD
Dr. Larimore 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, Who's Who in the World, 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 for four 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 for Mission Medical Clinic (2008-2012). Since 2012, Dr. Larimore has served as an occupational health physician at Concentra and more recently at UCHealth in Colorado Springs.
Besides practicing 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.
Dr. Larimore is a prolific author and has published forty books, thirty medical textbook chapters, and over 1,000 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, three Silver Medallion Awards, a Retailer’s Choice Award, and a Book of the Year Award from ECPA. An early draft of an upcoming WWII book received two international Page Turner Awards -- Finalist Award and Patron Award..
Books released recently:
- Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices for a Healthier, Happier You (Harvest House, August 2019)
- The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor (Baker, October 2020)
Books slated for future release:
- Natural Medicines: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions (April 2021, Baker)
The Best Gift: Tales of a Small-Town Doctor Learning Life’s Greatest Lessons (October 2021, Baker)
- At First Light: A World War II Hero's Story of Sacrifice, Struggles, and Saving the Lipizzaners (April 2022, Knox Press)
Dr. Larimore currently posts a twice-a-day topical devotional (www.Devotional.DrWalt.com) and a medical and health news blog (www.DrWalt.com/blog) for which he has posted over 5000 articles. He also writes a health column, Ask Dr. Walt, for Today’s Christian Living magazine, as well as a column, Vaccine News You Can Use, for Colorado Family Physician.
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, 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.
Dr. and Mrs. Larimore reside in Colorado Springs, have two adult children, and two beautiful granddaughters.