NAMI Officer In Charge
CAPT Joseph T. LaVan, MC, USN
CAPT Joseph T. LaVan was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami, graduating Cum Laude and continued on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in 1992. He completed Internship in Family Medicine at Naval Hospital Bremerton and subsequently served as a General Medical Officer in Adak, Alaska. After completing Flight Surgery training, LT LaVan was stationed with Marine Air Group 26 and assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 and then to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. While assigned to HMM-264 he deployed in support of OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR and OPERATION ASSURED RESPONSE and was selected as the Second Marine Aircraft Wing’s Flight Surgeon of the Year in 1995. LCDR LaVan completed his Family Medicine Residency at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida in 1999, achieving board certification the same year. After graduation, he was assigned to Naval Hospital Naples, Italy, where he served as the Department Head for Family Practice. During this tour, he deployed on a contingency basis as part of a Port Vulnerability Assessment Team, evaluating US Sixth Fleet ports following the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. He also served as the Triage Officer of the Hospital’s Surgical Response Team and was instrumental in the creation of, and served as the Team Leader / Senior Medical Officer of the newly formed Primary Care Response Team. In July 2002, he transferred to Naval Hospital Keflavik. CDR LaVan served as the Department Head of Outpatient Medicine and ultimately as the Director of Outpatient Services and also stood up the CBR Incident Medical Response Team for NAS Keflavik. In 2004 he was selected for the Fellowship in Family Practice Faculty Development at Madigan Army Medical Center. He completed the Fellowship and his Master in Public Health Degree (from the University of Washington) in 2006 and was assigned to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. He served as the Director of Medical Services and as an active member of the faculty of the Camp Lejeune Family Medicine Residency. He was an integral part of the initial planning which led to the creation of the Wounded Warrior Hope and Care Center for the Wounded Warrior Battalion – East. In 2008 he was selected to attend the Residency in Aerospace Medicine in Pensacola, Florida. Following graduation, he served as the Senior Medical Officer on the USS George Washington (CVN-73), permanently forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, from 2009 to 2012. During this time, he helped coordinate the Carrier Task Force – 70 / Battle Force – Seventh Fleet contributions to OPERATION TOMODACHI, the US Navy response to the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe that hit Japan in 2011. He achieved board certification in Aerospace and Preventive Medicine in 2009 and Occupational Medicine in 2014. In 2012, CAPT LaVan was hand selected as the Director of the Combined Army / Navy Residency in Aerospace Medicine, guiding the residency through a variety of changes in program structure, training requirements and community needs.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.