Larry G. Rooks, MD

Larry G. RooksLarry G. Rooks, MD
Associate Professor Emeritus
Family Medicine – Old Town
25827 SE Highway 19
Old Town, Florida 32680

Contact Information 
Phone: (352) 548-0068
Fax: (352) 542-1843

Professional Biography

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Florida Southern College and before receiving his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Larry G. Rooks studied Social Ethics at Boston University and Pre-Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. He worked as a veterinary assistant before deciding to matriculate into medical school. During his time is medical school, he worked as a laboratory technologist in the Department of Neonatology at the University of Florida. Dr. Rooks is now an associate professor at the UF Health Family Medicine – Old Town clinic as well as the director of the Rural Health Program.


Residency University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Family Medicine
MD University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
BA Florida Southern College
Lakeland, Florida

Certifications and Professional Organizations

  • Member – Florida Academy of Family Physicians

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Member – Society of Teaching Scholars (2012-present)
  • Exemplary Teacher Award – University of Florida College of Medicine (2011 & 2012)
  • Distinguished Teaching Professor – University of Florida Medical Alumni Association (1996)
  • Florida Family Physician Educator – Florida Academy of Family Physicians (1995)

Academic Interests

  • Member – Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Faculty Advisor (3rd and 4th year Medical Students)
  • Advisor – Rural Practice Elective (4th year Medical Students)
  • Faculty Advisor – Medical Student Program

Clinical Interests

  • Rural Medicine
  • Family Medicine

Recent Projects and Grants

  • HRS Rural Health Grant

Recent Publications

  • Rooks LG, Watson RT, Harris JO, “A Primary Care Preceptorship for First Year Medical Students Coordinated by an Area Health Education Centers Program: A Six Year Review” Academic Medicine, May 2001.
  • Watson RT, Rooks LG. “The Education of Medical Students: Ten Stories of Curriculum Change, The University of Florida School of Medicine” American Association of Medical Colleges and the Milbank Foundation, 2000.
  • Watson RT, Suter S, Romrell L, Harman E, Rooks LG, Meims A, “Moving a Graveyard: How One School Prepared the Way for Continuous Curriculum Renewal” Academic Medicine, vol 73, September 1998.
  • Rooks LG, Duerson MC, Rathe RJ. “Introduction of a Three Week Primary Care Preceptorship into the First Semester of Medical School” Academic Medicine, Published May 1994.