Department of Reproductive Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynecology


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Department of Reproductive Medicine

D. Yvette LaCoursiere, MD, MPH

Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Associate Professor of Reproductive Medicine

Director, UC San Diego Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program

Director, UC San Diego Maternal Weight and Wellness Program


  • MD - University of California, San Diego, 1999
  • Residency - University of California, San Diego (Obstetrics and Gynecology), 1999-2003
  • Women's Reproductive Health Research Scholar, University of Utah, 2003-2005
  • Board Certification - Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Contact Information:



Clinic Information:

Women's Health Services/Obstetrics and Gynecology - La Jolla: 858-657-8745


Administrative Assistant:

  • Sue Custodio - 858-249-1204


Clinical Expertise

  • As a physician first, Dr. LaCoursiere holds herself to a high standard for providing outstanding clinical care.  She cares for women at the Medical Offices South Outpatient Clinic and on the inpatient obstetrics and gynecology services at the Jacobs Medical Center.  She aims to provide evidence-based, compassionate care.  She also specializes in providing consultative and comprehensive services to obese women and those pre and post bariatric surgery at UC San Diego’s Maternal Weight and Wellness Program.  She recognizes that she can contributions even more to the health and well-being of women by teaching tomorrow’s physicians and contributing to the obstetrics and gynecology literature.



Research Interests

  • Beginning her faculty career at the University of Utah, she returned to UC San Diego to complete the Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Program and studied outcomes associated with maternal obesity.   As a WRHR scholar, she published the first population level study on the increasing statewide trends of maternal obesity and its impact of this increase on rising Cesarean and preeclampsia rates.  She enjoys working collaboratively and has multiple original publications, chapters and reviews.  Her original projects have described the association of obesity and postpartum depression, the impact of the obesity on the placenta and post-Cesarean thromboprophylaxis in obese women.  Dr. LaCoursiere has presented regionally and nationally on issues pertaining to maternal obesity. 

    Dr. LaCoursiere also enthusiastically serves as the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Director.  She has participated in the APGO Scholars and Leaders Program and now serves on the APGO Technical Committee.  She is also an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves as a reviewer for multiple journals.  She is currently a co-investigator on several N.I.H. grants including the transdisciplinary Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Consortium.




  • Ortho Pharmaceutical Resident Research Award, 2002
  • Organon Inc. Resident Research Award for Outstanding Research in Women’s Health, 2002
  • Administrative Chief Resident , 2002-2003
  • Wyeth Nursing Award for Housestaff Leadership in Women’s Services, 2003
  • UC San Diego Midwives Resident Consultant Award, 2003
  • AAGL, Resident for Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures, 2003

  • ACOG-CREOG National Faculty Award (University of Utah Faculty Teaching Award), 2004

  • ACOG Issue of the Year – Successful Interventions for Achieving and Maintaining Weight Loss, The Role of the Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Selected Author & Award Recipient, 2005

  • ACOG-CREOG National Faculty Award (University of Utah Faculty Teaching Award), 2005
  • Berlex Faculty Development Course, Selected Participant, 2006
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Diplomate, 2006

  • UC San Diego Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, Selected Participant, 2008-2010

  • National Centers for Leadership in Academic Medicine, Faculty Development Program, 2009

  • North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2009

  • ACOG-CREOG National Faculty Award (UC Sand Diego Faculty Teaching Award), 2009

  • San Diego Business Journal, Health Care Champion, Innovation & Research Category, Finalist, 2011

  • The Thomas Moore Midwifery Partnership Award, 2011
  • United States Senate Congressional Briefing, Text4baby Evaluation, Invited Speaker, 2012

  • The American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation, James W. Kennedy Travel Award, 2012

  • UC San Diego, Kaiser Teaching Award, Faculty Nominee, 2013
  • Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Scholars and Leaders Program, 2013

  • Best Oral Presentation, CREOG-APGO Annual Meeting, 2014
  • UC San Diego School of Medicine, Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine, Nominee, 2015
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology, Manuscript Selected as Editors’ Pick, 2015
  • UC San Diego School of Medicine, Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine, Nominee, 2016

  • James H. Price Teaching Award, UC San Diego Department of Reproductive Medicine, 2016
  • James H. Price Teaching Award, UC San Diego Department of Reproductive Medicine, 2017


Recent Publications


For a full list of publications in PubMed click HERE