Dr. Lisa Larkin is a board-certified internist practicing internal medicine and women’s health since 1991. She is the Founder and CEO of Ms. Medicine, LLC, a national membership organization for women’s health clinicians and a concierge women’s health primary care network. She is also owner and President of Lisa Larkin, MD, and Associates, an independent, multispecialty practice offering direct primary care (DPC), concierge primary care and women’s health care in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, she serves as Director of Women’s Corporate Health for TriHealth, and she 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.
Dr. Larkin is a 1988 AOA graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, and she completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Chicago in 1991. She is Fellow of the American College of Physicians, is certified as a menopause clinician by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and is a Fellow of and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). As of October 2018, she will also join the Board of Trustees of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
Over the span of her career, Dr. Larkin has spent more than 15 years in both academics and private practice which affords her a unique perspective about health care delivery and opportunities to raise the standard of care. She spent the first ten years of her career as academic faculty in the Internal Medicine Department at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where she cultivated her niche in midlife women’s health. In 2002, Dr. Larkin left UC and opened her own internal medicine and women’s health practice which, over 10 years, she grew into a multispecialty women’s health practice employing six other physicians, including four primary care providers and two gynecologists. In 2012, Dr. Larkin sold her practice and returned to UC faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, specifically to design, build and serve as Director of the UC Health Women’s Center, the region’s first comprehensive, primary care-based medical home for women. In May 2013, Dr. Larkin successfully opened the UC Health Women’s Center, a 26,000-sq. ft. center, where she served as Director until June 2016.
Dr. Larkin resigned her position and returned to private practice in 2016 with renewed enthusiasm and commitment to providing outstanding personalized primary care and women’s health care to her patients and to advancing women’s health care in areas of unmet medical need. With this vision, she reopened her primary care and women’s health practice as a direct primary care (DPC) practice, offering patients affordable, accessible personalized medicine. Since opening, Dr. Larkin has developed her practice into a robust and successful multispecialty women’s health practice offering primary care and specialty care including: menopause, sexual health, gynecology, gastroenterology, nutrition, weight management, pelvic floor physical therapy, breast cancer risk assessment and therapeutic yoga.
A breast cancer survivor herself, Dr. Larkin’s passion is women’s health, particularly menopause management, female sexual health, cancer survivorship, breast cancer risk assessment and prevention, and women and cardiovascular disease. She is a tireless advocate for her patients and in the community, frequently lecturing on women’s health topics, writing articles for community publications, and appearing on local news outlets to discuss women’s health issues. Additionally, she serves as an advisor to several pharmaceutical, consumer product and device companies. Notably, she spoke at the FDA in 2015 as part of a group advocating for the approval of flibanserin, the first FDA-approved medication for female sexual dysfunction, and again in 2016 as part of a group advocating for the label change of local vaginal estrogen.
A devoted clinician educator, Dr. Larkin is well-published and lectures frequently at physician CME programs and educational events on women’s health topics. Named one of Cincinnati’s “Top Docs” every year since 1991 (by Cincinnati Magazine), she is recognized by her peers, patients, members of the community, and the media as an exceptional provider, advocate, educator and innovator.
Known as an entrepreneur and health care “disrupter,” Dr. Larkin is the Founder and CEO of two women’s health-focused business initiatives designed to improve the care of women. In addition to Ms. Medicine, LLC, she founded MyBreastRiskIQ, LLC, a digital women’s health start-up whose mission is to educate and inform women about their individual breast cancer risk and breast cancer prevention strategies.
Over the years, she has been recognized for her innovation, both locally and nationally. In 2016 and 2017, she was recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier for launching the first DPC practice in the region, and she was named one of 8 “Women Who Mean Business” by the same publication. In 2018, she was recognized as a “Changemaker in Medicine” by Medical Economics, and she was interviewed by Sharyl Attkisson on the topic of DPC for her syndicated show, “Full Measure.”
Dr. Larkin is passionate about her friends and family. She enjoys time with her husband, Dr. Arthur Pancioli, and their blended family of 6 children. Together, they enjoy active travel, including mountain climbing, hiking, tennis and skiing.