Trudy Larson, M.D.

Dean, School of Community Health Sciences, Professor
Larson, Trudy
My passion for health has evolved from an individual focus as a physician to being a vocal advocate for population health as a leader of a school dedicated to community health. I appreciate the "big picture" and enthusiastically work to expand the capacity of our school to serve our local, regional, national and international communities. Our work to become an accredited school of public health will serve our  mission to "Make Health Happen".


Trudy Larson, M.D., is the Dean of the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was appointed following an impressive 27 year career at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine where she served as a professor, former chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and also served as an associate dean.

As a pediatric infectious disease specialist, she has spent her career focusing on HIV/AIDS and immunizations and has contributed to both fields in research, education and service. She is one of the founders and is the current Medical Director of the HOPES clinic providing medical services to those with HIV/AIDS. In her capacity as co-Medical Director for the AIDS Education and Training Center at the University, member of the Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition and medical consultant to the Washoe County District Health Department, she has taken the lead in speaking to professional audiences and the general public on topics such as AIDS, vaccination, disease outbreaks, bioterrorism, sex education, just to name a few.

"Dr. Larson's background in medicine and public health is impressive. She brings a strong ability to connect and collaborate between all disciplines in the field," said Denise Montcalm, Ph.D., interim dean for the Division of Health Sciences. "Under her leadership the school will continue to grow and position itself well in all facets of public health research and teaching."

Larson was selected following a national search. An eight member search committee participated in the process and included representatives from university faculty, staff, students and the community.

Larson has actively served at the University of Nevada, Reno as faculty senate chair, chaired a section for the University's accreditation, served on the Biomedical IRB committee, and has participated in numerous searches as member and chair. She served as NSHE Assistant Chancellor for one year. Her professional affiliations include serving as member and chair of the Nevada Public Health Foundation, as member of the Nevada State AIDS Advisory Task Force and as the former chair of the Nevada Immunization Advisory Committee and the Nevada Medicaid Advisory Committee. She has served on national committees for HIV/AIDS programs.

Recognized for her numerous achievements, Dr. Larson has been awarded many medical and professional honors including induction in Nevada Women's Fund Hall of Fame in 1996, receiving the Distinguished Physician award from the Nevada State Medical Association in 1999 and was honored as a Healthcare Hero for Lifetime Achievement in 2008 for her work in HIV/AIDS.

Larson received her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine. She completed an internship in Pediatrics at the University of California Davis Medical Center where she was named chief resident of pediatrics followed by a fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at UCLA.

Professional experience

  • AAMC Chairman and Associate Deans Training
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Residency: Pediatrics, University of California, Davis Medical Center; Chief Resident (1980)
  • Internship: Pediatrics, University of California, Davis Medical Center

Selected publications


  • Charles, P, Larson, T, Bennett, J, Scott, B. 2012. Statewide Coordinated Statement of Needs and Comprehensive Care Plan for HIV in Nevada. Technical report published by the Nevada Division of Behavioral and Public Health.


  • Larson, T, Charles, P, Bennett, J, and Scott, B. 2007. A Model for Educating Rural and Low Volume Practitioners about HIV Care. Journal of Continuing Education for Health.


  • Larson, T, Charles, P. 2003. Evaluating a Family Medicine Residency Program in Kyrgyzstan: Essentials for Program Success. USAID report. September.


  • Larson, T., Conaboy, K. 2002. Creating a Family Medicine Residency in Kyrgyzstan. USAID report. July.


  • Brunner, R, Larson, T, Scott, B, Navarro, S, Huba, G, and Melchior, L. 2001. Evaluation of the Impact and Acceptance of a Nutrition Program in an HIV Community Clinic. AIDS Patient Care and STDS, 15: 533-543.
  • Larson, T., Mundy, L., Melchior, L., et al. 2001. Finding the Underserved: Directions for HIV Care in the Future”. Home Health Care Services Quarterly. The Journal of Community Care.
  • Larson, T.A. 2001. Review of “Pediatrics: Review for the USLME, Step 2.”. Doody’s Health and Science Book Review Journal.
  • Huba, G.J., Melchior, L.A., et al. 2001. Service needs and factors related to quality of life at time of service enrollment among persons living with HIV. The Journal of Community Care.


  • Huba, G.J., Melchior, L.A., Panter, A.T., Brown, V.B., & Larson, T.A. 2000. A national program of AIDS care projects and their cross-cutting evaluation: HRSA/HAB’s SPNS Cooperative Agreements. Drugs & Society. Vol 16.
  • Huba, G. J., Melchior, L.A., Brown, V.B., Larson, T.A., & Panter, A.T. (Eds). 2000. Evaluating HIV/AIDS treatment programs: Innovative Methods and Findings (special issue). Drugs & Society. Vol 16.
  • Brunner, R., Larson, T., Melchior, L., Scott, BJ. 2000. Evaluation of Status and Progression of HIV Disease: Use of a Computerized Medical Module. Drugs & Society.
  • Richardson-Nassif, K., Larson, T., Meredith, K., et. al. 2000. Integrating and Utilizing Evaluation in Comprehensive HIV Care Programs. Drugs & Society.
  • Melchior, L., Panter, A., Larson, T., Meredith, K. et al. 2000. Key Elements for Implementing Comprehensive Healthcare Models for Person with HIV: A Stakeholder Analysis. Evaluation and the Health Professions, 23 (3), 264-283.


  • Scott, BJ, Larson, TA, Brunner, RL, Navarro, S, Mathes, M. 1999. Evolution of Nutrition Screening Services in a Community Based HIV Clinic. HIV ReSource Review. 3(6);1-8.


  • Meredith K, Larson T, Soons KR, et al. 1998. Building Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Care Services. Aids Patient Care and STDs. 12:379-393.


  • Scott B, Larson T, Darrah S, Navarro S. 1997. Changing Needs: What’s New-What Still Holds True. Innovations, Fall.


  • Larson T, and Bechtel L. 1995. Managing the HIV infected Child. In Primary Care, Clinics of North America, B. Saunders.


  • Houpt DC, Pfrommer G, Young B, Larson T, and Kozel T. 1994. Occurrences, immunoglobulin classes, and biological activities of antibodies in normal human serum that are reactive with Cryptococcus neoformans glucuronoxylomannan. Infectious Immunology, 62: 2857-2864.


  • Thorton B, Martinelli R, Larson T. 1993. Ethics and Women’s Health Care. In Perspectives on Health Communication, Thornton/Kreps editors, Waveland Press, Inc.


  • Thorton B, and Larson T. 1990. Decision Making and Ethics in Women’s Health Care. Choices/Challenges, the Next Decade. Nevada Public Affairs Review.


  • Larson T and Moen T. 1989. Drug Abuse and AIDS in Nevada. Report of the Drug Abuse Subcommittee to the Statewide AIDS Advisory Task Force. Published in the Task Force Proceedings.
  • Larson T. 1989. Legislative Issues and AIDS, 1989. Nevada Public Affairs Review, J.M. Winter, editor, Senator Alan Bible Center for Applied Research.


  • Larson T, and Bryson Y. 1985. Fomites and Herpes Simplex Virus. Journal of Infectious Disease. 151: 746-747.


  • Spina C, Larson TA, Bryson Y. 1983. Abnormal T Cell Subset Response to Herpes Simplex Antigens in Patients with Recurrent Herpes Genitalis. Intercellular Communications in Leukocyte Function, J.W. Parker and R.L. O’Brien, editors, John Wiley & Sons.
  • Bernstein DI, Larson TA, and Bryson YJ. 1983. Immunizations and Antiviral Therapy. Practical Infectious Diseases. Richard D. Meyer, editor. John Wiley & Sons.


  • MD, University of California, Irvine
  • BS, Biological Sciences with Highest Honors, University of California, Davis