William John Venema

Title: Physician
Company: Disability Determination Services
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

William John Venema, Physician at Disability Determination Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pediatrics.

Inspired by a family friend who was a renowned surgeon, the young Dr. Venema aspired to pursue a career in the medical field. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College in 1959, he went on to obtain a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan in 1963. Having spent many years working for children’s summer camps, Dr. Venema chose to specialize in pediatrics, excelling in a pediatric internship and residency at the University of Michigan. Drafted into the U.S. Air Force in 1966, he completed a program that allowed him to finish his training and then work as a pediatrician in the military. Dr. Venema enjoyed the transition from the military into the real world, as he went on to work in private practice from 1968 to 2003 and in the chief pediatric section of the Bronson Methodist Hospital from 1979 to 1981.

Since 2003, Dr. Venema has served as a physician for Disability Determination Services, a service that helps individuals collect Social Security who are not of age but may need the benefits due to illness or injury. Working alongside six other physicians, he reviews the medical record of the applicant to ensure they meet all the standards that the Social Security Administration requires to support their case. Likewise, Dr. Venema has been a faculty member at the Southern Michigan Area Health Education Corporation since 1968. In his more than five decade-long medical career, he is most proud of his time working with a missionary doctor at ML Lyles Hospital for a monk in Madanapalle, India in 1984.

Renowned for his dedication to his work, Dr. Venema was the recipient of the Service to Children Award from the Kalamazoo College Emeritus Club and of a Citation of Merit. A diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, he attributes his illustrious success to the several mentors, local physicians and pediatric faculty he has collaborated without throughout his career trajectory. He cites that the most gratifying aspect of his career is following kids from birth and watching them grow up into unique individuals. Dr. Venema’s advice to the next generation of physicians is to listen to your patients and take the time that they need, as the reason for their visit is typically under stressful circumstances.

To remain abreast of his industry, Dr. Venema maintains affiliation with the Michigan State Medical Society, Kalamazoo Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics and West Michigan Pediatric Society, of which he was a past president from 1976 to 1977. Having served as president of the Kalamazoo Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1986, he has also sat on the board of directors for the Family and Children’s Service, Constance Brown Hearing Center, Bach Festival Society, Stulberg International String Instrument Competition and Pretty Lake Vacation Camp. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Venema can be found in the 20th and 21st editions of Who’s Who in the Midwest.

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