Venelin J. Kounev, MD

Assistant Professor


  • Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • 5000 West National Avenue
  • Milwaukee, WI 53295-1000


  • Gastroenterology

As a healthcare provider in a rapidly changing medical field, my goal is to deliver high quality health care to my patients by providing education and allowing my patients to participate in the decision-making process about their individual options for treatment. I believe that the ability to communicate clearly and concisely is the key to the success of a doctor's relationship with his patients. In my clinical practice, the well-being and safety of the patient always comes first. My goal is to treat my patients as I would treat my family members.
I also believe that being an academic healthcare provider is a privilege, which allows me to participate in the delivery of patient-centered care through a multidisciplinary approach.


Diseases and Conditions

  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Polyps
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain

Treatments and Services

  • ERCP
  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Enteroscopy
  • Esophageal Manometry
  • Endoscopic Band Ligation of Hemorrhoids
  • HALO Ablation

Patients Ages Seen

  • Adult
  • Senior


  • English
  • Bulgarian

Hospital Affiliations

  • Froedtert Hospital – Milwaukee
  • Zablocki VA Medical Center – Milwaukee

Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology

Clinic Locations

Zablocki VA Medical Center

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Dr. Venelin Kounev was born and raised in Bulgaria where he went on to complete his medical degree.  In 1997, Dr. Kounev came to Wisconsin as a visiting scientist at the University of Wisconsin Madison where he studied Immunology and Nutrition.  He came to the Medical College of Wisconsin to complete his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Gastroenterology.

Education and Training

Doctor of Medicine - Medical University of Sofia - Sofia (1996)
Residency in Internal Medicine - Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals - Milwaukee, WI (2001-2004)
Fellowship, Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals - Milwaukee, WI (2004-2007)