Larry Frisch

Larry Frisch
Adjunct Associate Professor
Health Information Science

BA (Reed College, USA), MD (Harvard Medical School, USA), MPH (University of Washington, USA)

Larry Frisch is a Clinical Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia, and an adjunct Associate Professor in the HINF program at the University of Victoria.

He earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and an MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health.  He completed postgraduate training in pediatrics at Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia. He practiced clincal adolescent and young adult medicine for many years, and has done general practice both in the continental US and in the Alaskan Arctic.

Recent positions include Assistant Director, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and Executive Medical Director for Quality, Safety, and Research at Island Health, Victoria British Columbia. He is currently retired from active practice.

Before returning to Canada in 2007 Larry held the John S. and Doris M. Andrews Professorship in Community Health  at NeoMed (then the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine) in Rootstown, Ohio where he also served as Medical Director for Public Health at the Mahoning County District Board of Health.  In the latter role he served as epidemiologist and oversaw daily reporting from  the Ohio EpiCenter Syndromic Serveillance Reporting System.

Having received US certification in both Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, he has published numerous papers on clinical and epidemiological topics. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Southern Medical Journal as reviewer for Population Health submissions.

Larry has taught undergraduate, graduate, and medical students at several universities, with recent course offerings including “Health and Healthcare Informatics,” “Trends in Health Informatics”, Data Visualization, and  “Epidemiological Biostatistics”.  Some of his major interests include geospatial analytics (including temporo-spatial cluster analysis), change-point  analyses, and variable life-adjusted density time series displays of observed vs. expected data.  He is co-author of a paper utilizing natural language processing to assess usage of standardized terminology within Nursing publications. He received the  2021 Jane Buxton award for teaching in the UBC residency program for Public Health and Preventive Medicine and serves on a curriculum committee for that program.