Michael Craig Larson, M.D., Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Michael Craig Larson, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology

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Diagnostic Radiology

Interventional Radiology



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2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Philosophy of Care

I am grateful for the opportunity to assist in the care of those with abdomen and pelvis-related conditions as a body radiologist and interventionalist.

Having family or personal experiences with a wide variety of abdominal or pelvic problems, I can relate to the many issues of having symptoms but no diagnosis, or having a diagnosis but wondering if symptoms are just a flare up of the known disease or something else.

I try to treat every patient as I or a family member would like to be treated, either in person for an image-guided procedure or virtually as I examine their scans.

I'm also excited to be a part of UC Davis, where we develop new programs, diagnostics and therapeutics to improve health and healthcare.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Mike Larson is a radiology doctor that strives to provide accurate and detailed imaging interpretation and precision in minimally-invasive image-guided procedures. He has specific clinical interests in cancer diagnosis, using ultrasound both for diagnosis and for guidance in needle-based procedures, and in the use of advanced abdomen and pelvis imaging such as CT and MRI.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Mike Larson has academic interests as unique and varied as the abdominal and pelvic organs he exams every day--including improving medical imaging education, clinical diagnostics, minimally-invasive image-guided procedures, and medical device development. His current main scientific focus is on improving the intersection of the 2 diagnostic medical specialties, radiology and pathology, particularly the biopsy procedure. He is working to make minimally-invasive biopsies more safe, accurate, fast and one day even therapeutic.


Abdominal Imaging

Undergraduate School

B.S., Utah State University, Logan UT 2008

Medical School

M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI 2015

Other School

Ph.D., Biophysics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI 2014


Transitional year, Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program, Tucson AZ 2015-2016


Medical Imaging (Radiology), University of Arizona/Banner-University Medical Center, Tucson AZ 2016-2020


Body MRI and Non-vascular Interventional Radiology, University of Arizona/Banner-University Medical Center, Tucson AZ 2020-2021

Fellow Teacher of the Year Award, University of Arizona (UAZ) Medical Imaging Department, 2021

M. Paul Capp UAZ Medical Imaging Resident Research Award for “Using approved drugs as off-label fluorescent contrast agents for intravital microscopy: From in silico design to ex vivo proof-of-concept of an H&E alternative”, 2020

Radiological Society of North America Research & Education Foundation Resident Research Grant for “Furthering the Foundation of Clinical Optical Biopsies”, 2019

Resident Teacher of the Year Award, UAZ Medical Imaging Department, 2019

Jeanne Deinert GME Scholarly Day Best Basic Science Poster for “Towards optical biopsies: Developing an optical biopsy stain,” UAZ College of Medicine, 2019

The American Board of Radiology B. Leonard Holman Research Residency Pathway Matriculant for “Furthering the Foundation for Clinical Optical Biopsies”, 2018

M. Paul Capp UAZ Medical Imaging Resident Research Award for “The Triopsy™ Edge: A novel device to safely harvest tissue beyond the lumen of a biopsy needle”, 2017

UAZ Graduate Medical Education Resident Leadership and Excellence Scholarship Award for “Beyond the core: improving image-guided biopsies”, 2016

UAZ/NSF Innovation Corps Fall cohort participant/grant awardee for development of a novel biopsy device, 2016

Alexander Nakeff Young Investigator Award for Young Investigator Presentation “A primer on microparticology and implications for translational biomedical science”, 2014

AMA Foundation Seed Grant recipient for “Imaging ischemia in a mouse model of sickle cell disease using a novel phospholipid-binding peptide”, 2013

USU College of Science Student Showcase award winner for Physical Sciences poster, 2008

National SMART Grant recipient, 2007, 2008

USU College of Science Minigrant recipient for “Symbionts Role in Preventing Predation”, 2007

USU College of Engineering Kennecott Copper Scholarship, 2006, 2007

USU College of Engineering Lin Family Foundation Scholarship, 2005, 2006

Larson MC, Gmitro AF, Utzinger U, Rouse AR, Woodhead GJ, Carlson Q, Hennemeyer CT, Barton JK. Using FDA-approved drugs as off-label fluorescent dyes for optical biopsies: from in silico design toex vivoproof-of-concept. Methods Appl Fluoresc. 2021 Jun 4;9(3). doi:10.1088/2050-6120/ac0619. PMID:34044380.

Larson MC, Hogg N, Hillery CA. Centrifugation Removes a Population of Large Vesicles, or "Macroparticles," Intermediate in Size to RBCs and Microvesicles. Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Jan 27;22(3):1243. doi:10.3390/ijms22031243. PMID:33513958.

Belone P, Lee J, Larson MC. Medical image of the month: buffalo chest identified at the time of lung nodule biopsy. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2020;21(5):121-3. doi:10.13175/swjpcc056-20.

Head JP, Larson MC. Medical image of the month and brief review: aspiration pneumonia in an intubated patient with COVID-19. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2020;21(2):35-8. doi:10.13175/swjpcc040-20.

Larson MC, Karafin MS, Hillery CA, Hogg N. Phosphatidylethanolamine is progressively exposed in RBCs during storage. Transfus Med. 2017 Apr;27(2):136-141. doi:10.1111/tme.12382. Epub 2017 Jan 30. PMID:28134466.

Larson MC. Free-flow electrophoresis to clean donated blood before transfusion at the point of care: a proof-of-concept study. Blood Transfus. 2015 Apr;13(2):342-4. doi:10.2450/2014.0208-14. Epub 2014 Nov 20. PMID:25545868.

Larson MC, Hillery CA, Hogg N. Circulating membrane-derived microvesicles in redox biology. Free Radic Biol Med. 2014 Aug;73:214-28. doi:10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2014.04.017. Epub 2014 Apr 18. PMID:24751526.

Larson MC, Luthi MR, Hogg N, Hillery CA. Calcium-phosphate microprecipitates mimic microparticles when examined with flow cytometry. Cytometry A. 2013 Feb;83(2):242-50. doi:10.1002/cyto.a.22222. Epub 2012 Nov 2. PMID:23125136.

Larson MC, Woodliff JE, Hillery CA, Kearl TJ, Zhao M. Phosphatidylethanolamine is externalized at the surface of microparticles. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2012 Dec;1821(12):1501-7. doi:10.1016/j.bbalip.2012.08.017. Epub 2012 Aug 30. PMID:22960380.

Larson M, Larson M, Li Z, Larson M, Li Z, Hall CL, Jensen E, McAllister DM, Kalyanaraman B, Zhao M. Physiological fluctuation of (99m)Tc-sestamibi uptake in normal mammary glands: a systematic investigation in female rats. Acta Radiol. 2009 Nov;50(9):975-8. doi:10.3109/02841850903134127. PMID:19863405.