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Congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM, Announces Retirement

Longtime Cincinnati-area congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM, announced November 9 that he will be retiring from Congress at the conclusion of his term, citing a desire to spend more time with his wife and two children.

“I work in a place where a lot of people want to be somebody, but a surgeon mentor of mine once said, ‘You don’t have to be somebody somewhere else as long as you’re somebody at home,’” said Dr. Wenstrup. “Sadly, all too often the frantic pace of Washington has kept me away from our home. I’m ready to change that.”

Dr. Wenstrup, a longtime OHFAMA member and the only podiatric physician and surgeon serving in Congress, was elected in 2012 to represent the people of Ohio’s Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

A Cincinnati native, Dr. Wenstrup attended St. Xavier High School and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 1985, he earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago.

After completing his surgical residency at Thorek Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Wenstrup returned to Cincinnati to open his own private practice, treating patients in southwest Ohio for over 27 years. In 1999, he joined and became a partner with Wellington Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in Cincinnati. Dr. Wenstrup also served on the Cincinnati Board
of Health and was the Podiatric Surgical Residency Director at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

Dr. Wenstrup served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1988 to 2022, retiring with rank of colonel. From 2005 to 2006, he deployed to Iraq, where he served as the Chief of Surgery with the 344th Combat Support Hospital. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge for his service. In 2018, he was awarded the Soldier’s Medal.

In the 118th Congress, Dr. Wenstrup serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He also serves as Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. Previously, Dr. Wenstrup spent six years on the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

As a member of the Ways and Means and Intelligence Committees, Dr. Wenstrup is working to address the national health and systemic poverty issues, while strengthening our national security. He has long been a voice of support for southern Ohio’s veteran community. He also serves as a co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus.

“One of the many reasons that I ran for Congress was because I saw officials who have never seen a patient making decisions that impact the health care of millions of Americans. Real world experience is critical; we need to listen to patients and those who wear the white coats, not just those who write the white papers. Doctors and health care providers must
have a seat at the table in all policymaking decisions,” said Dr. Wenstrup.

Dr. Wenstrup to Speak at Annual Seminar
Congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM, will be a featured presenter at the 108th Annual Ohio Foot & Ankle Scientific Seminar on Friday, May 17 at Columbus Hilton at Easton.

Make plans today to hear Dr. Wenstrup’s presentation on the importance of community and attend a networking reception to celebrate his years of service to our country and our profession.

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