February 2018 Physician Spotlight
Dr. Gary Larson, MD
What is your favorite type of music/band/musician?
I like Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Classic orchestral and some Jazz.
What is your favorite food?
My wife and one of my sons are great chefs, so I'm exposed to a lot of good cuisine, which I enjoy. Left to myself, I would probably eat a lot of sushi.
How do you stay caffeinated or energized to do your job?
I try to work out - preferably before coming to work in the morning. The first patient I see in the morning gives me a burst of energy and I tend to stay energetic until I see the last one of the day. Medical records (especially since they’ve become electronic) are a real energy sink.
What are your outside hobbies or interests?
I enjoyed raising five wonderful children, two of whom have given me a total of three grandchildren so far - they are even more fun than the first generation offspring.
How many years have worked at ProCure?
My four partners and I started planning ProCure in 2005 and opened the doors in 2008. I never expected to be able to use proton therapy to treat patients during my career, but it has really revolutionized cancer care. Now that we can cure almost 70% of patients with cancer, it's more important than ever to help them live the rest of their lives without treatment related side effects.
Why did you decide on the field of radiation oncology?
I majored in Engineering Physics in college. I learned about Radiation Oncology during my third year of Medical School and it felt like coming home again. Not only do I get to help patients with cancer, but I get to use the tools I got excited about as a child.