Dr. Murray Larsen, MD, FRCPC, FACG
Dr. Larsen was born and raised in a small community in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. He was the first of his family to go to college. He decided to become a doctor when he noted, after being up for several hours working in the family Redi-mix business, that the town doctor was just arriving to work late in the morning. This made medicine seem extremely appealing!
Following high school he attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and was admitted with early acceptance to medical school at the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated in 1980 with great distinction and was a winner of the Medal of Honor in both surgery and anesthesia.
He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Toronto and then completed his fellowship of gastroenterology at the University of Ottawa, where he was the chief resident of gastroenterology in 1985.
He was certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in internal medicine and gastroenterology in November 1986, and remains a fellow of the College in both disciplines to this day.
He practiced as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Regina, Saskatchewan, from 1986-1992. His research interest at that time was in functional bowel disease such as the irritable bowel syndrome. He had extensive expertise in biliary tract and pancreatic duct endoscopic procedures.
In 1992 Dr. Larsen moved to Lewiston, Idaho, to practice at the Lewiston Medical Center. He has practiced gastroenterology in Lewiston since that time. He has been on the medical staff at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston and Tri-State Memorial hospital in Clarkston.
He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and gastroenterology.
He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and a fellow in the American College of Gastroenterology. He is a member of the Idaho Medical Society, North Idaho Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Larsen’s clinical interests continue to include functional gastrointestinal tract disorders such as the irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia and functional nausea. He remains active in most endoscopic procedures including colonoscopy, upper endoscopy and pancreatic or biliary therapeutic endoscopy. He works hard to maintain personal communication with his patients, emphasizing the person-to-person relationship, as that is the most enjoyable part of medical practice. He entered gastroenterology because of inspiring teachers who showed him the highest level of ethics, compassion, expertise and knowledge and he strives every day to match their example.
Dr. Larsen resides in Lewiston with his wife Charlene. They have three children, Dr. Michael Larsen, Dr. Jason Larsen and Dr. Kristal Larsen Woldu.