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Larry A. Green, MD

Professor of Family Medicine, Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine and Primary Care



Mail Stop F496, Academic Office 1

12631 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045


303-724-1599 Office


Because of his attraction to science and personal relationships, Dr. Green is a family physician. He entered academia to help establish family medicine as a discipline. The University of Colorado School of Medicine has been his academic home since 1977. His career was molded by his residency training in Rochester, NY, and practicing in rural Arkansas and Denver in a training practice. His work has emphasized collaborating to develop ideas and systems to operationalize them, such as family medicine residencies, undergraduate programs, practice-based research networks, academic departments, information systems, practice re-design programs, federal agencies, policy research, and professional standards. His career spanned the period in which family medicine successfully emerged from general practice. He remains enthusiastic about the further use of “recently developed” family medicine infrastructures and systems to collaborate with public health and mental health enterprises to contribute to achieving better health care that is affordable and actually improves health.

He is grateful for peer-recognitions for his work such as the Curtis G. Hames Award for Career Accomplishment in Family Medicine Research, The Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research, The Thomas W. Johnson Award for recognition and in appreciation of outstanding career contributions to family medicine education, The STFM Advocacy Award for the P4 residency innovation initiative, and election to the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences. He has been delightfully surprised by the acknowledgements inherent in the establishment of the endowed Green-Edelman Chair for practice-based research and the Larry A. Green Visiting Scholar Program at the Robert Graham Center in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Green’s research interests reflect his being a generalist physician interested in building systems able to learn about and improve frontline medical practice, particularly as it occurs at the community level. His research has tended to cast a gaze away from wet-bench biomedicine and the “ivory tower,” toward all the sciences and the community. His research has emphasized the development and redesign of how things are done, with a blend of research focused on practical concerns of frontline clinicians (like symptoms as presented at the community level) and development of the organizational structures (like practice-based research networks) and policies necessary to sustain knowledge development, education, and practice systems sufficient for family physicians to excel as personal physicians for people of any age or gender, living in diverse communities and cultures.


Dr. Green’s professional activities include a mix of University roles, professional associations, agencies, and regulatory/advisory groups. Professional associations include the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the North American Primary Care Research Group, and the World Organization of Family Doctors. Agencies include the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the National Center for Health Statistics. Regulatory/advisory groups include the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Colorado Commission on Family Medicine, the American Cancer Society, and the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. He has enjoyed and benefited from the opportunity to be a visiting professor at more than 40 institutions.


Dr. Green has been president of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, president of the North American Primary Care Research Group, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

  1. Green LA, Simmons RL, Reed FM, Warren PS, Morrison JD.  A Family Medicine Information System:  The Beginning of a Network for Practicing and Residency Family Physicians, J Fam Pract, 1978; 7:567-576.
  2. Green LA, Reed FM, Martini C, Warren PS, Simmons RL  Marshall JA.  Differences in Morbidity Patterns Among Rural Urban and Teaching Family Practice:  A One-Year Study of Twelve Colorado Family Practices, J Fam Pract, 1979; 6:1075-1080.
  3. Green LA, Wood M, Becker L, Farley ES, Freeman WL, Froom J, Hames C, Niebauer LJ, Rosser WW, Seifert M.  The Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network:  Purpose, Methods, and Policies, J Fam Pract, 1984; 18:275-280.
  4. ASPN.  Spontaneous Abortion in Primary Care.  A Report from ASPN.  J Amer Brd Fam Prac, 1988; 1:15-23.
  5. Green LA.  The Weekly Return as a Practical Instrument for Data Collection in Office Based Research.  A Report from ASPN.  Fam Med, 1988; 20:182-184.
  6. Green LA, Calonge BN, Fryer GE, Reed FM.  Age/Sex Registries in Primary Care Research.  A Report from ASPN.  Fam Med, 1988; 20:185-188.
  7. Green LA, Murata PJ, Lynch WD, Puffer JC, A Characterization of the Imminent Leadership Transition in Academic Family Medicine.  Academic Medicine, 1991; 66:154-158.
  8. Becker LA, Green LA, Beaufait D, Kirk J, Froom J, Freeman WL.  Use of CT Scans for the Investigation of Headache: A Report from ASPN, Part 1.  J Fam Prac, 1993; 37:129-134.
  9. Green LA, Miller RS, Reed FM, Iverson DC, Barley GE.  How Representative of Typical Practice are Practice-Based Research Networks?  A Report from ASPN.  Arch Fam Med, 1993; 2:939-949.
  10. Green LA, Hames CG, Nutting, PA.  Potential of Practice-Based Research Networks: Experiences from ASPN. J Fam Prac, 1994; 38:400-406.
  11. Froom J, Culpepper L, Jacobs M, DeMelker RA, Green LA, van Buchem L, Grob P, Heeren T. Antimicrobials for Acute Otitis Media?  A review from the International Primary Care Network.  BMJ, 315 (98-102), 1997.
  12. Green LA. The History of PBRNs.  The Establishment of Practice-Based Primary Care Research Networks in the United States.  In Practice-Based Research Networks in the 21st Century The Pearls of Research.. Proceedings from the Conference Convened by the AAFP Task Force to Enhance Family Practice Research. September 27-28, 1998; pages 16-28.  Leesburg, Virginia.  Published by the American Academy of Family Physicians, Kansas City, Missouri.
  13. Green LA, Fryer GE.  The Development and Goals of the AAFP Center for Policy Studies in Family Practice and Primary Care.  J Fam Prac, 1999; 48: 905-908.
  14. Fryer GE, Green LA, Dovey S, Phillips RL.  Direct Graduate Medical Education Payments to Teaching Hospitals by Medicare:  Unexplained Variation and Public Policy Contradictions.  Acad Med 2001; 76:  439-445.
  15. The Robert Graham Center. (Fryer GE, Dovey SM, Green LA) The Importance of Having a Usual Source of Health Care.  Am Fam Physician 2000:62:477.
  16. Green LA, Fryer GE.  Foreword.  The Context of Family Practice in 2000.  Keystone III. The Role of Family Practice in a Changing Healthcare Environment:  A Dialogue.  Washington, D.C.  The Robert Graham Center, 2001:13-18.
  17. Green LA, Fryer GE, Yawn BP, Lanier D, Dovey SM.  The Ecology of Medical Care Revisited.  N Engl J Med 2001; 344:2021-5.
  18. Fryer GE, Meyers DS, Krol DM, Phillips RL, Green LA, Dovey SM, Miyoshi TJ.  The association of Title VII funding to Departments of Family Medicine with choice of physician specialty and practice location.  Fam Med 2002;34:436-40.
  19. Green LA, Fryer GE.  Family practice in the United States:  Position and prospects.  Acad Med 2002; 77:781-789.
  20. Graham R, Roberts RG, Ostergaard DJ, Kahn NB, Pugno PA, Green LA.  Family practice in the United States:  A status report.  JAMA 2002; 288:1097-1101.
  21. The Robert Graham Center (Phillips RL, Proser M, Green LA, Fryer GE, McCann J, Dodoo MS.  The importance of having a health insurance and a usual source of care. Am Fam Physician 2004 70:1035.
  22. The Future of Family Medicine Project Leadership Committee.  The future of family medicine:  A collaborative project of the family medicine community.  Kahn NV (corresponding author).  Ann Fam Med 2004;2:  (Supp 1) S3-S32.
  23. Green LA, Dodoo MS, Ruddy G, Fryer GE, Phillips RL, McCann J, O’Neil EH, Klein LS.  The physician workforce of the United States.  A family medicine perspective.  Washington, DC.  The Robert Graham Center, 2004.  ( with Workforce Study Power Point Collection.
  24. Green LA.  Prescription for Health:  Round 1 Initial Results.  Ann Fam Med 2005; 3 (Suppl 2) S2-S3.
  25. Green LA, Jones SM, Fetter G, Jr, and Pugno P.  Preparing the personal physician for practice:  changing family medicine residency training to enable new model practice.  Academic Medicine 2007; 82: 1220-1227.
  26. Phillips RL, Jr, Klinkman M, Green LA.  Conference Report: Harmonizing Primary Care Clinical Classification and Data Standards.  October 10-11, 2007, Washington DC.  Conf Grant 1R13HS016764-01. Dr. Jonathan White, Project Officer.  US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Available at:
  27. Green LA, Glasgow RE, Thompson RS.  Guest Editors. Prescription for Health: Reshaping Practice to Support Health Behavior Change in Primary Care. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 35, Supplement (November, 2008).
  28. Green LA, Cifuentes M, Glasgow RE, Stange KC. Redesigning primary care practice to incorporate health behavior change: Prescription for health round-2 results. Amer J Prev Med 2008;35(suppl): S347-S349.
  29. Folsom Group. Lesko S, Griswold KS, David SP, Bazemore AW, Duane M, Morgan T, Westfall JM, Koop CE, Garrett B, Puffer JC, Green LA. Communities of Solution: The Folsom Report Revisited. Ann Fam Med 2012;10:250-260.
  30. The Robert Graham Center (Makaroff LA, Green LA, Bazemore, AW, Puffer JC, Phillips RL. Historic growth rates vary widely across the primary care physician disciplines.  Am Fam Physician 2013;Oct1:88(7):online.