Captain LaCourse is a NAVY MUSTANG and native of Taunton, Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Bridgewater State University and a Post Graduate degree as a Physician Assistant from Northeastern University.
He was commissioned as a Physician Assistant in the United States Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps in 1993 after having served as a Hospital Corpsman since 1988.
He is currently the Commanding Officer of 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Miramar California.
Captain LaCourse operational assignments include Battalion Surgeon 1st Battalion, 25th Marines (UDP 20.1) 2019 to 2021; Deputy Force Surgeon for Marine Central Command (MARCENT) 2018-2019; Senior Medical Officer SPMAGTF 13.3 Crisis Response Team AFRICOM 2013-2014 and Senior Medical Officer Detention Facility in PARWAN Afghanistan 2009-2010.
His previous Reserve assignments include assignment to the CNO OPS & PLANS Navy Reserve unit at the Pentagon 2015-2018 where he served as the N8 Medical Department Head and was a Naval Operational Command Watch Officer (NOCWO) and Assistant Battle Watch Captain (ABWC).
He has also served as the Officer-in-Charge of the OHSU Portsmouth Det V unit from 2011-2012.
Captain LaCourse previously served as the Navy Reserve Specialty Leader for Physician Assistants and assists Bureau of Medicine and Surgery with policy concerning PA’s. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Medical Executive Credentialing Committee at CCPD, Jacksonville, FL.
His personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).
In addition to his personal awards, he is authorized to wear the Fleet Marine Forces Warfare Device since 2015.
During his twenty-seven years as a Physician Assistant, he has worked in Lung Transplant and Thoracic Surgery; Endocrinology & Internal Medicine; twenty years worked in Emergency Medicine and currently works as a contractor for Newport Naval Clinic in Medical Readiness. His is the founder and past president of the American Society of Endocrine PA’s (ASEPA) 1996.