Donald Larsen

Don Larsen

Donald Larsen, MD, MBA, MHA, FACHE


Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Donald Larsen is a C-suite physician executive with over 30 years of experience spanning complex academic medical centers, community health systems, acute care hospitals, and research institutes. He joins HMA in the role of principal.

Following a highly successful clinical career, during which he also held faculty positions with the University of Southern California’s (USC) Keck School of Medicine, the UCSF School of Medicine, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Larsen was selected to serve as the medical director of the USC Care Medical Group. His contributions resulted in a promotion in 2009 to chief medical officer (CMO) of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. As the two hospitals’ first CMO, he led initiatives that had a measurable effect on patient satisfaction, safety, costs, and quality.

In 2013, Dr. Larsen was appointed the first CMO of Verdugo Hills Hospital. He was then recruited by Providence St. Joseph Health to serve concurrently as the CMO of Providence Saint John’s Health Center and the interim executive director of the John Wayne Cancer Institute. For both organizations, his focus was on engaging caregivers, improving care, and expanding capabilities to better serve the community.

In July 2019, Dr. Larsen became chief executive officer of the University of California—Riverside Health where he drove organizational growth, developed industry partnerships, and built community relationships to improve healthcare for the residents of inland southern California.

Fueled by an inner calling to improve healthcare delivery and innovation for all, Dr. Larsen is passionate about making a meaningful impact to health of the community, especially among people of low or no income. His clinical experience, leadership strengths, and business acumen combine to make him effective in steering the evolution of forward-looking healthcare organizations.

Dr. Larsen received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School, a Master of Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business, and a Master of Health Administration from the USC Price School of Public Policy. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at Los Angeles County and USC Medical Center, as well as fellowships in neuroradiology and interventional neuroradiology at USC San Francisco. He is a board-certified radiologist.