Juan Carlos Venis, M.D., M.P.H.

 

Hoosier-raised, I grew up in Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties and then graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville with a degree in Biology. While there, I spent a summer exploring care of the underserved and public health in Mexico, an experience which confirmed for me that my calling was in medicine. The following year, I continued my journey at the IU School of Medicine, where very early on, I became intrigued by the specialty of family medicine.

During medical school, I also pursued and achieved a big dream of mine, my degree in public health. That year away from clinical rotations, I gained a new understanding of health disparities and the social determinants of health. I became certain that the whole person focus of family medicine was for me, and my training brought me to Muncie. In my career so far, I have enjoyed opportunities to develop a wide array of clinical skills that I can use to serve my patients no matter their background. I have also learned about the role that family physicians are especially equipped to have as advocates for the people they serve.

As a gay man of Mexican-American heritage, I have in particular found a calling to improve the health of marginalized communities.  I find the work of organizations like OUTreach to be vital to the health of people in Muncie and Delaware County. Pleased to have become involved as a member of the Board of Directors, I do my best to bring my experience as a clinician and public health proponent to the table.

Outside of work, I try to have fun and stay active.  My partner and I enjoy traveling, trying new foods and breweries, spending time with friends and family, and watching movies. Oscar, our small dog keeps us busy too.