Samuel Merritt College Names New Dean of California School of Podiatric Medicine

Samuel Merritt College


Samuel Merritt College Names New Dean of California School of Podiatric Medicine


Oakland, CA (June 2008) --Samuel Merritt College (SMC) has selected John Venson, DPM, as the new dean of the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), effective June 23, 2008. His appointment follows a national search that produced a strong field of candidates.

Dr. Venson will succeed Albert Burns, DPM, who announced last spring that he will return to a full-time faculty position at SMC after serving as dean since 2001. In his role as the new dean, Dr. Venson will serve as the chief administrative and academic officer for CSPM, and will provide leadership and coordination for all aspects of curricular programming of the School. He will optimize the College's alliances with hospitals for greater clinical clerkship and residency opportunities, promote the growth of clinical research, and serve as the liaison between the School and the podiatric community. The new dean will be the primary advocate for the podiatric student.

"Samuel Merritt College is dedicated to excellence in podiatric medical education and is confident that Dr. Venson will provide the requisite leadership to achieve that vision," said SMC Academic Vice President and Provost, Scot Foster, PhD.

Since receiving his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 1976, Venson has served in a variety of leadership roles in podiatric medical education, accreditation, credentialing and management. He currently serves as the Associate Director, Credentials at the American Board of Podiatric Surgery located in San Francisco. His former professional experience includes Associate Professorship and Chair, Department of Medicine and Surgery, Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chief Operations Officer at the Weil Foot and Ankle Institute as well as Vice President, Compliance and Operations at Thomas White International. Dr. Venson served as President, American Board of Podiatric Surgery in 1990.

"Dr. Venson is a frequent spokesperson for podiatric issues on local and regional media outlets and brings a wealth of experience to the College in financial management and business best practices," said Dr. Foster.

A graduate of the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Venson completed a surgical residency at Thorek Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. He has also served as a Faculty Scholar at the Harvard-Macy Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Nationally recognized as a premier health sciences institution, Samuel Merritt College offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine.

The College was first established in 1909 on `Pill Hill' in Oakland, California. SMC has committed itself to a mission of excellence and educating students to become highly skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals who positively transform the experience of care in diverse communities.

The California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), formerly known California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM), was founded in 1914. From 1914 to August 2001, the campus was located in San Francisco's Western Addition. In July 2002 the School merged with SMC, relocated to Oakland and changed its name to CSPM.

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