Alumni Achievement Award

This prestigious recognition from the Alumni Association celebrates alums who have excelled in their respective professions and have contributed to Arizona State University, the ASU Alumni Association and the community. The award was established in 1964, and has been presented annually since 1972.

Paul Larson, M.D., is being honored for his work in developing novel surgical methods for deep-brain stimulator implantation. After graduating with a degree in zoology from ASU in 1990, Dr. Larson received his medical degree from the University of Arizona in 1995, and completed both a surgical internship (in 1996) and a neurosurgical residency (2001) at the University of Louisville. During his residencies at the University of Louisville, he also spent a year at the Speed School of Engineering’s Computer Vision and Image Processing Lab, studying the basic science of computer tomography and magnetic resonance image analysis and 3-D modeling.

Dr. Larson is currently an associate clinical professor, the vice chair of neurological surgery, and the chief of neurosurgery service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center associated with the University of California, San Francisco. His clinical interests include functional neurosurgery and the use of high-field, real-time intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging. He has published extensively in various scientific journals, and his research interests include neurostimulation and other neurorestorative therapies for a variety of diseases, including movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and psychiatric conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder.

A member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Movement Disorder Society, Dr. Larson has received several teaching awards from the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and was honored in 2005 by being recognized in the reference publication Who’s Who in Medical Science Education.