The Honorable Brad Wenstrup, DPM

2018 Hero of Military Medicine Senior Leader

Dr. Brad Wenstrup grew up watching Medical Center and knew from an early age that he wanted to help others as a doctor.

After completing undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati, Brad earned a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1985 from the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago.

After completing his surgical residency at Thorek Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Wenstrup established a private practice in Cincinnati and treated patients in southwest Ohio for over 26 years. In 1999, Dr. Wenstrup joined and became a partner with Wellington Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, where he served on the Executive Committee and as Operations Chairman.

Dr. Wenstrup is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgeons, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He served as the Podiatric Surgical Residency Director for Christ Hospital in Cincinnati before entering Congress.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Wenstrup joined the Army Reserve in 1998, where he now holds the rank of colonel. From 2005-2006, he deployed to Iraq, where he served as the Podiatrist, the Chief of Surgery, Assistant Deputy Commander, and the Director of the Would Care Clinic with the 344th Combat Support Hospital. In addition to treating U.S. troops, the 344th was responsible for Detainee Healthcare throughout the Iraqi theater, with the heart of the mission taking place at Abu Ghraib Prison Hospital.  In 2017, Dr. Wenstrup was promoted to colonel and is currently assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army Reserve as a medical policy advisor. During his time in Congress, Wenstrup also fulfills his Reserve duties by serving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.

Dr. Wenstrup’s first experience with public service came in 2010, when he was appointed as a member of the Cincinnati Board of Health. In 2012, he was elected to represent the people of Ohio’s Second Congressional District.  In the 115th Congress, Dr. Wenstrup serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Selection Committee on Intelligence, and the House Veterans Affairs Committee, where he serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health.   He is also is a member of the House Doctors’ Caucus, a group of health care professionals who are working to implement free market health care solutions based on their combined experience as doctors and nurses. 

Brad lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Monica, and their two children.