Dr. Lisa Larkin was named to Medical Economics’ inaugural annual class of “ChangeMakers in Medicine.” Dr. Larkin was one of only seven physicians to be recognized by the national publication in a feature article released online this week.
According to Medical Economics, these physicians are credited with making changes to improve healthcare for their patients and the community. “Their work is not only to be celebrated, but also possibly emulated by peers as they demonstrate that going above and beyond for the betterment of healthcare can actually happen and result in meaningful improvements to the healthcare landscape.”
Dr. Larkin was recognized for introducing the innovative primary care model (Direct Primary Care or DPC) to Greater Cincinnati, and for her work in improving healthcare for women – especially midlife women’s health issues that tend to be overlooked, such as menopause, sexual health, cancer prevention and cancer survivorship. Dr. Larkin developed her passion for women’s health early on in her career while practicing in academia. “It became clear to me that there was a women’s health niche that was underserved, and just by being a female internist I had the opportunity to serve that part of the patient population,” she recalls.
By utilizing the DPC practice model (a membership-based model that is unrestricted by third-party payers,) she is able to maintain a much smaller patient panel. This allows her and her partners to spend more time with individual patients to develop a relationship and provide personalized attention that can help patients focus on wellness and prevention – not just disease management. For women, this means the time and attention to spend on health issues that are often unmet in the primary care setting, such as sexual health and evidence-based menopause management.
In addition to founding Lisa Larkin, MD, and Associates, Dr. Larkin is also the Director of Women’s Corporate Health at TriHealth. Additionally, she is the Founder and CEO of MsMedicine, LLC, a healthcare start-up with the vision of becoming a national organization whose mission is to advance women’s health and improve the level of healthcare for women. She also is the Founder and Executive Director of the Cincinnati Sexual Health Consortium, a non-profit designed to improve the sexual health and wellness of individuals in the Greater Cincinnati region through improved clinician collaboration and community outreach.
To see the full Medical Economics’ “2018 ChangeMakers in Medicine” article, click here.