Mark Larson, MD, has been selected as the statewide Family Physician of the Year by the Washington Academy of Family Physicians. The award is intended to honor a physician who exemplifies a compassionate commitment to improving the health and well-being of people and communities throughout Washington.
Only two months ago, Dr. Larson was selected by the Washington Rural Health Association as the 2015 recipient of the Dr. John Anderson Memorial Award for Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner. The selection committee for both awards considered nominees from across the state.
“This is a well-deserved honor,” said Dr. Don Solberg, Chief Medical Officer at Kittitas Valley Healthcare. “Dr. Larson was nominated by his colleagues and his patients for years of extraordinary dedication, compassion, and advocacy in service to his patients and his community.”
Dr. Larson joined KVH Family Medicine – Ellensburg in 1998. He is a strong advocate for education, and has routinely sponsored medical students from the University of Washington since 2002. Since 2006, he has also acted as the Public Health Officer for Kittitas County.
Family medicine is a medical specialization devoted to comprehensive health care for patients of all ages. Providers of family medicine help patients with acute, chronic, and preventive health care needs. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly one in four office visits for health care in the United States are to family medicine specialists.