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The Family Doctor: Bill Ventres, MD, MA

Updated: Feb 5

Bill Ventres is a seasoned family physician and medical anthropologist. Clinically, he has more than 30 years’ experience as a community-based family doctor working in both in ambulatory and hospital settings. His work has focused on the care of underserved and minority populations in safety-net clinics and corrections health settings. Outside of clinical practice, he has been a leader in developing family medicine internationally, investigating communication between physicians and patients, and using qualitative methods to explore practice-oriented research questions. He has written extensively on topics related to social determinants of health, ethics in generalist practice, and social accountability in medical education. He has been awarded two Fulbright Senior Scholarships to teach in medicine and public health, one in Venezuela and the other in El Salvador, and has been a visiting professor at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.


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Dr. Ventres’ Prescription for Success:

Number 1: See people. Look beyond the veil of the clinical presentation.

Number 2: D.B.A.B – Don’t Be A Butthead.

Number 3: Be well, be thoughful, and be Kind.

Number 4: Resist Power, Profit, and Prestige.

Number 5: Don’t listen to me, create your own prescriptions.

Connect with Dr. Ventres

Email: wventres@umas.edu Notable quotes from Dr. Ventres’ interview:

None of us, in 2022, work alone. We all work together.
D.B.A.B. – Don’t be a Butthead
Be kind, trust in the value of compassion.

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