Focus on Faculty: Martha M. Larson
Martha M. Larson is a professor of radiology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. After completing a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and in biology from the University of Georgia, she earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree and a master’s degree from Ohio State University. She joined the college in 1986 after completing residencies in radiology and small animal medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and a residency in radiology at Ohio State University. Larson is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology.
- Blacksburg, Virginia
- What are your current responsibilities at the college? If you teach, what do you teach?
- I am a radiologist in the teaching hospital. I also teach several lectures to the second-year and third-year students, mainly on thoracic radiology and ultrasound.
- When did you come to the college, and what brought you here?
- I came to Virginia Tech right after finishing my radiology residency, in 1986. I loved Blacksburg right from the start and have been here ever since. I’m definitely a Hokie now.
- What interests you about your field?
- I actually started out in a medicine residency, but ended up switching to radiology. I have always loved imaging and probably have the most expertise and interest in ultrasound. My brilliant radiology colleagues are much better than me in CT and MRI.
- What is your area of research? Why did you decide to focus on that area?
- I very much enjoy imaging of the pancreas and hepatobiliary area. I love it when an icteric cat comes in for ultrasound!
- Hobbies or interests outside of the college?
- One of my favorite things is Saturday morning breakfast with my husband at Bollo’s. We try never to miss that! I love my family; lots and lots of brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and now a new grandson.
- Do you have any pets (names, breeds)?
- My geriatric pet population is now down to one 19-year-old cat. I plan on getting a new dog very soon, but don’t tell my husband…
- Share one thing students may not know about you.
- I started playing tennis in high school when I had a crush on a new guy who played tennis. He never asked me out, but I ended up number one singles on the women’s team.
- Anything else you wish to share?
- Don’t take anything I say seriously!