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William Ventres

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentFamily & Prevention Medicine, College of Medicine
DivisionDFPM Medical Staff
Address521 Jack Stephens
Mail Slot # 530
Little Rock AR 72205
Phone501-686-6607
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-3573-2845 Additional info
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    William Ventres, MD, MA
    The Ben Saltzman, MD, Distinguished Chair in Rural Family Medicine

    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, attending principally to economically poor and socially marginalized patients. Outside of clinical practice, he has been a leader in the international development of family medicine, physician-patient communication, and using qualitative methods to explore research questions in generalist practice. He has written extensively on topics related to social determinants of health, ethics in global health practice, and social accountability in medical education.


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    Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
    American Academy of Family Physicians
    WONCA/World Organization of Family Doctors

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    Duke University, Durham, NCAB05/1980History
    University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MNMD12/1984Medicine
    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZMA05/1991Anthropology
    Leadership Institute of Seattle/Saybrook University, Seattle, WAMA06/2010Psychology/Systems Counseling

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    T99HP33556     (WESTFALL, CHRISTOPHER)Sep 1, 2019 - Aug 31, 2023
    Health Resources & Services Administration
    Medical Student Ed grant for Arkansas
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Ventres W. Toward a New Ethic in Global Health Practice: Perspectives from Central America. South Med J. 2020 Aug; 113(8):374-377. PMID: 32747964.
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    2. Ventres W. My Own Private Ceremony. Fam Med. 2020 05; 52(5):364-365. PMID: 32401330.
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    3. Ventres WB. Letter to the Editor in Response to: Clayville K, Miller P. Sulmasy, et al.: Physician-Assisted Suicide: Against Medical Neutrality. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Aug; 35(8):2476. PMID: 31950402.
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    4. Ventres W, Tunzi M. Ways of Being in Generalist Practice: Using Five "T" Habits of Mind to Guide Ethical Behavior. J Clin Ethics. 2020; 31(2):184-190. PMID: 32585664.
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    5. Ventres WB, Wilson BK. Rethinking Goals: Transforming Short-Term Global Health Experiences Into Engagements. Acad Med. 2020 01; 95(1):32-36. PMID: 31219810.
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    6. Ventres WB. Facilitating Critical Self-Exploration by Global Health Students. AMA J Ethics. 2019 09 01; 21(9):E749-758. PMID: 31550222.
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    7. Ventres W. In Response to the Entire January Issue of Family Medicine. Fam Med. 2019 04; 51(4):366. PMID: 30973634.
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    8. Ventres W, Whiteside-Mansell L. Getting started in research, redefined: five questions for clinically focused physicians in family medicine. Fam Med Community Health. 2019; 7(2):e000017. PMID: 32148700.
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    9. Ventres W. Effects of EHR Use on Patient Participation. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 02; 34(2):175. PMID: 30215177.
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    10. Tunzi M, Ventres W. A Reflective Case Study in Family Medicine Advance Care Planning Conversations. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Jan-Feb; 32(1):108-114. PMID: 30610149.
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    11. Tunzi M, Ventres W. Reply to "Distinguishing Ethical From Moral Duties in Medical Practice". Fam Med. 2019 01; 51(1):62. PMID: 30633805.
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    12. Ventres W, Rule C. Moving From Uncertainty to Internal Emotional Responses. Fam Med. 2018 11; 50(10):790-791. PMID: 30428115.
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    13. Du Toit E, Olivera S, Topper K, van de Venter R, Williams M, Ventres W. Toward interprofessional service-learning and social accountability in health: One South African University's process-oriented-participatory journey. J Interprof Care. 2019 May-Jun; 33(3):291-294. PMID: 30321087.
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    14. Tunzi M, Ventres W. Family Medicine Ethics: An Integrative Approach. Fam Med. 2018 09; 50(8):583-588. PMID: 30216403.
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    15. Ventres WB. On Teaching Health Centers and Underserved Care. Acad Med. 2018 06; 93(6):818. PMID: 29846227.
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    16. Liaw W, Rankin J, Bazemore A, Ventres W. In Reply. Acad Med. 2018 05; 93(5):674. PMID: 29688976.
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    17. Ventres W, Kravitz JD, Dharamsi S. PEARLS+: Connecting Societal Forces, Social Determinants, and Health Outcomes. Acad Med. 2018 01; 93(1):143. PMID: 29116976.
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    18. Ventres W, Crowder J. When I say … anthropological gaze. Med Educ. 2018 06; 52(6):590-591. PMID: 29266396.
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    19. Ventres WB. Intentional Exploration on International Service Learning Trips: Three Questions for Global Health. Ann Glob Health. 2017 May - Aug; 83(3-4):584-587. PMID: 29221532.
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    20. Ventres W, Boelen C, Haq C. Time for action: key considerations for implementing social accountability in the education of health professionals. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2018 Oct; 23(4):853-862. PMID: 28900801.
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    21. Ventres W. More on Medical Education in Africa. Acad Med. 2017 05; 92(5):572. PMID: 28441190.
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    22. Liaw W, Rankin J, Bazemore A, Ventres W. Teaching Population Health: Community-Oriented Primary Care Revisited. Acad Med. 2017 Mar; 92(3):419. PMID: 28099176.
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    23. Ventres WB. Looking Within: Intentions of Practice for Person-Centered Care. Ann Fam Med. 2017 03; 15(2):171-174. PMID: 28289119.
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    24. Ventres WB. Voices From Family Medicine: On Becoming a Family Physician. Fam Med. 2017 Feb; 49(2):127-131. PMID: 28218938.
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    25. Ventres WB. Global Family Medicine: A 'UNIVERSAL' Mnemonic. J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 01 02; 30(1):104-108. PMID: 28062825.
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    26. Ventres W, McAuliffe J. The "Triple P": Adaptive Challenges in Medical Education and Practice. Acad Med. 2017 01; 92(1):10. PMID: 28027094.
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    27. Ventres W, Gross P. Getting Started: A Call for Storytelling in Family Medicine Education. Fam Med. 2016 Oct; 48(9):682-687. PMID: 27740667.
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    28. Ventres WB, Frankel RM. Electronic health records: Context matters! Fam Syst Health. 2016 06; 34(2):163-165. PMID: 27270249.
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    29. Ventres WB. The Joys of Global Medicine and the Lesson of Relationship. Am J Med. 2016 Aug; 129(8):771-2. PMID: 27012855.
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    30. Ventres W, Rosenberg M. Cultivating Cultures of Compassion. Acad Med. 2016 Mar; 91(3):288. PMID: 26907894.
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    31. Ventres WB. Healing. Ann Fam Med. 2016 Jan-Feb; 14(1):76-8. PMID: 26755787.
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    32. Clark L, Ventres W. Qualitative Methods in Community-Based Participatory Research: Coming of Age. Qual Health Res. 2016 Jan; 26(1):3-4. PMID: 26679940.
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    33. Ventres W, Dharamsi S. Socially Accountable Medical Education-The REVOLUTIONS Framework. Acad Med. 2015 Dec; 90(12):1728. PMID: 26308125.
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    34. Ventres WB. Building Power Between Polarities: On the Space-in-Between. Qual Health Res. 2016 Feb; 26(3):345-50. PMID: 26531880.
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    35. Ventres WB. Where I Practice: On the Spaces of Family Medicine. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Nov-Dec; 28(6):841-4. PMID: 26546663.
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    36. Ventres WB, Frankel RM. Shared presence in physician-patient communication: A graphic representation. Fam Syst Health. 2015 Sep; 33(3):270-9. PMID: 26075882.
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    37. Ventres W. Becoming professional: one physician's RRRRRRRRRReflections on professionalism. Med Educ. 2015 May; 49(5):544. PMID: 25924165.
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    38. Ventres W. ABCDE in Clinical Encounters: Presentations of Self in Doctor-Patient Communication. Ann Fam Med. 2015 May-Jun; 13(3):276-8. PMID: 25964409.
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    39. Ventres WB, Wilson CL. Beyond ethical and curricular guidelines in global health: attitudinal development on international service-learning trips. BMC Med Educ. 2015 Apr 03; 15:68. PMID: 25884962.
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    40. Ventres WB. The Q-List manifesto: how to get things right in generalist medical practice. Fam Syst Health. 2015 Mar; 33(1):5-13. PMID: 25603309.
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    41. Ventres WB. Becoming a Doctor: One Physician's Journey Beyond Competence. J Grad Med Educ. 2014 Dec; 6(4):631-3. PMID: 26140108.
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    42. Ventres WB, Fort MP. Eyes wide open: an essay on developing an engaged awareness in global medicine and public health. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2014 Oct 28; 14:29. PMID: 25346040.
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    43. Ventres W, Haq C. Toward a cultural consciousness of self in relationship: from "us and them" to "we". Fam Med. 2014 Oct; 46(9):691-5. PMID: 25275279.
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    44. Ventres W. Educating our patients about life and the end of life: toward a pedagogy of dying. J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 Sep-Oct; 27(5):713-6. PMID: 25201942.
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    45. Ventres W. Ethical considerations for health-related service-learning programs. Acad Med. 2014 Apr; 89(4):529. PMID: 24667465.
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    46. Ventres W, Gusoff G. Poverty blindness: exploring the diagnosis and treatment of an epidemic condition. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Feb; 25(1):52-62. PMID: 24509012.
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    47. Ventres W. Chronic kidney disease among agricultural workers in Central America. Am J Public Health. 2014 Mar; 104(3):e1. PMID: 24432937.
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    48. Ventres W. Response: Re: The emergence of primary care in Latin America: reflections from the field. J Am Board Fam Med. 2013 Sep-Oct; 26(5):612. PMID: 24133753.
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    49. Ventres W, Page T. Bring global health and global medicine home. Acad Med. 2013 Jul; 88(7):907-8. PMID: 23799430.
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    50. Ventres WB. The emergence of primary care in Latin America: reflections from the field. J Am Board Fam Med. 2013 Mar-Apr; 26(2):183-6. PMID: 23471932.
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    51. Ventres W. Electronic health records: upsides, downsides, and inside-outsides on the way toward their use in clinical practice. Teach Learn Med. 2013; 25(4):366-8. PMID: 24112207.
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    52. Ventres W, Dharamsi S. Beyond religion and spirituality: faith in the study and practice of medicine. Perspect Biol Med. 2013; 56(3):352-61. PMID: 24375117.
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    53. Ventres W. Why I write. Fam Med. 2013 Jan; 45(1):50-1. PMID: 23334972.
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    54. Ventres WB. Electronic health records: can we maximize their benefits and minimize their risks? Acad Med. 2012 Nov; 87(11):1456-7; author reply 1457. PMID: 23111252.
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    55. Ventres WB. How I think: perspectives on process, people, politics, and presence. J Am Board Fam Med. 2012 Nov-Dec; 25(6):930-6. PMID: 23136336.
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    56. Ventres W. The joy of family practice. Ann Fam Med. 2012 May-Jun; 10(3):264-8. PMID: 22585892.
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    57. Ventres W. Answers to US health care issues from other countries. Fam Med. 2011 Sep; 43(8):592-3. PMID: 21918943.
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    58. Ventres WB, Frankel RM. Patient-centered care and electronic health records: it's still about the relationship. Fam Med. 2010 May; 42(5):364-6. PMID: 20455111.
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    59. Ventres W, Morrow C. The joy of reviewing: a short guide to writing book and media reviews. Fam Med. 2009 Jul-Aug; 41(7):492-3. PMID: 19582634.
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    60. Ventres W, Shah A. How do EHRs affect the physician-patient relationship? Am Fam Physician. 2007 May 01; 75(9):1385, 1390. PMID: 17508536.
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    61. Ventres W, Kooienga S, Vuckovic N, Marlin R, Nygren P, Stewart V. Physicians, patients, and the electronic health record: an ethnographic analysis. Ann Fam Med. 2006 Mar-Apr; 4(2):124-31. PMID: 16569715.
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    62. Ventres W, Kooienga S, Marlin R. EHRs in the exam room: tips on patient-centered care. Fam Pract Manag. 2006 Mar; 13(3):45-7. PMID: 16568596.
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    63. Ventres W, Gobbo R. The A to Z of cross-cultural medicine. Fam Pract Manag. 2005 Jul-Aug; 12(7):57-8. PMID: 16144227.
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    64. Ventres W, Kooienga S, Marlin R, Vuckovic N, Stewart V. Clinician style and examination room computers: a video ethnography. Fam Med. 2005 Apr; 37(4):276-81. PMID: 15812698.
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    65. Ventres WB. A comment on a comment. Fam Med. 2005 Mar; 37(3):158. PMID: 15739126.
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    66. Ventres W, Charles S. Art and community. Reaching out from the family practice office. MGMA Connex. 2003 Nov-Dec; 3(10):34-5. PMID: 14686037.
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    67. Weinstein J, Ventres W. Mini-ethnography: meaningful exploration made easy. Fam Med. 2000 Oct; 32(9):600-2. PMID: 11039145.
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    68. Breeze MJ, Ventres WB. Beyond biochemistry: readings for early professional development. Fam Med. 1999 Oct; 31(9):611-3. PMID: 10554716.
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    69. Ventres WB. End-of-life decision making. J Gen Intern Med. 1999 Jan; 14(1):68. PMID: 10189250.
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    70. Ventres WB. Cultural encounters and family medicine: six lessons from South America. J Am Board Fam Pract. 1997 May-Jun; 10(3):232-6. PMID: 9159664.
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    71. Ventres WB, Frankel RM. Ethnography: a stepwise approach for primary care researchers. Fam Med. 1996 Jan; 28(1):52-6. PMID: 8720228.
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    72. Ventres WB, Wilson CL. Teaching (and learning) family medicine internationally: a cultural survival guide. Fam Pract. 1995 Sep; 12(3):324-7. PMID: 8536839.
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    73. Haq C, Ventres W, Hunt V, Mull D, Thompson R, Rivo M, Johnson P. Where there is no family doctor: the development of family practice around the world. Acad Med. 1995 May; 70(5):370-80. PMID: 7748381.
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    74. Ventres WB. Useful outline for developing PBL lesson plans. Acad Med. 1994 Dec; 69(12):975-6. PMID: 7999190.
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    75. Ventres WB, Senf JH. Introducing a procedure using videotape instruction: the case of the lateral birth position. Fam Med. 1994 Jul-Aug; 26(7):434-6. PMID: 7523210.
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    76. Ventres WB. Family practice: on the cutting edge of medicine. Fam Med. 1994 Apr; 26(4):208-9. PMID: 8034136.
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    77. Ventres W, Hale F. Community-oriented primary care: the Cuban plan. JAMA. 1993 Oct 06; 270(13):1548. PMID: 8371465.
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    78. Ventres W, Nichter M, Reed R, Frankel R. Limitation of medical care: an ethnographic analysis. J Clin Ethics. 1993; 4(2):134-45. PMID: 8334277.
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    79. Ventres W, Nichter M, Reed R, Frankel R. Do-not-resuscitate discussions: a qualitative analysis. Fam Pract Res J. 1992 Jun; 12(2):157-69. PMID: 1621536.
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    80. Ventres WB. Success strategies. J Am Board Fam Pract. 1992 May-Jun; 5(3):361. PMID: 1580189.
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    81. Ventres WB, Spencer SS. Doctor-patient communication about resuscitation: 'have you signed an advance directive?'. J Fam Pract. 1991 Jul; 33(1):21-3. PMID: 2056286.
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    82. Ventres W, Gordon P. Communication strategies in caring for the underserved. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 1990; 1(3):305-14. PMID: 2130910.
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