John Venson – District 115

My family and I have resided in Lake Forest since 1991. Both of my children attended school in Lake Forest from kindergarten through high school. Aside from running a private practice for over 25 years, I have always had a passion for education.

I have been director of a program training surgical residents and professor of surgery and Chair of the Departments of Medicine and Surgery at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. In 1996, I was selected as a scholar for the Harvard Macy Program for Physician Educators. Run by faculty from Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Education, the program’s goal is to prepare physicians to become leaders in medical education. I was selected to attend the Harvard Macy Physician Leaders program the following year and have returned to the educators’ program as faculty multiple times.

In 2008 I was named Dean of the California College of Podiatric Medicine in Oakland, California and served in that position until 2018. Currently, I am Associate Director of the American Board
of Foot and Ankle Surgery, the surgical certifying board for the podiatry profession. I am honored to be afforded an opportunity to become a member of the District 115 Lake Forest High School board. If elected, I will work diligently to serve the interests of District 115 and the City of Lake Forest.

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