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William C. Welch, MD, FAANS, FACS, FICS

Professor of Neurosurgery
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Pennsylvania Hospital
Neurosurgery Staff, Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia, PA
Neurosurgery Staff, Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
member, Operating Room Committee Pennsylvania Hospital
member, Executive Committee Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia, PA
Member , Center for Bloodless Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital
Vice-Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Chairman, Neurosurgery Committee on Academic Promotions (COAP)
Chairman , Department of Neurosurgery Pennsylvania Hospital
Co-Chair, Spine Committee, Pennsylvania Hospital
Member, Clinical Competency Committee (UPHS Department of Neurosurgery Residency Review)
member , Finance Committee, Department of Neurosurgery University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
staff, Neurosurgery Staff Penn Presbyterian Hospital Philadelphia,PA
Chair, Neurosurgery Finance Committee
Director, MS 200 Neurosurgery Rotation Pennsylvania Hospital
member, Bioengineering Graduate Group, School of Bioengineering University of Pennsylvania
Executive Co-Sponsor, Patient Experience, Pennsylvania Hospital
Chairman, Neurosciences Service Line (Spine)
Department: Neurosurgery

Contact information
Department of Neurosurgery
Pennsylvania Hospital
Washington Square West Building
235 S. 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Office: 215-829-6700
Fax: 215-829-3605
B.S (BS-MD program)
The City College of New York , 1983.
State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, 1985.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern General Surgery, University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y, 1985-1986.
Resident, Neurological Surgery, University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y., 1986-1991.
Fellowship, Neuro-oncology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y., 1991-1992.
Fellowship, Spinal Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Weiler Hospital, Bronx, N.Y., 1992-1993.
American Board of Neurological Surgeons, 1995.
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Description of Research Expertise

Spinal biomechanics
Cost analysis, spine
Spinal outcomes

Description of Clinical Expertise

All aspects of spinal surgery (over 15,000 surgeries)

Selected Publications

Faught RWF, Church EW, Halpern CH, Balmuri U, Attiah MA, Stein SC, Dante SJ, Welch WC, Simeone FA.: Long-term quality of life after posterior cervical foraminotomy for radiculopathy. J Clini Neurol Neurosurg(142), 22-25, 2016.

Argarwal P, Pierce J, Welch WC.: Cost analysis of spinal versus general anesthesis for lumbar discectomy and laminectomy spine surgery. World Neurosurgery(89), 2016.

Kanter AS, Gandhoke GS, Welch WC, Arnold PM, Cheng JS, Okonkwo DO. : A prospective, multi-center clinical and radiographic outcomes evaluation of ChronOS strip for llumbar spine fusion. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience(25), 36-40, November 2015.

Jaumard N, Leung J, Guarino BB, Gokhale AJ, Welch WC, Winkelstein B.: Relevant anatomic and morphologic measurememts of the rat spine: considerations for rodant models of human spine trauma. Spine(40), E1081-1092, 2015.

Delitto A, Piva SR, Moore CG, Fritz JM, Wisniewski SR, Josbeno DA, Fye M, Welch WC.: Surgery versus nonsurgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis: a omparative effectiveness randomized trial with 2-year follow-up. Annals of Internal Medicine (162), 465-473, 2015.

Holsgrove TP, Nayak NR, Welch WC, Winkelstein B. : Biomechanics. Advanced multi-axis spine testing-clinical relevance and research recommendations. International Journal of Spine Surgery (ISASS 2015.

Church E, Halpern CH, Faught RWF, Balmuri U, Attiah M, Hayden S, Kerr M, Maloney-Wilensky E, Bynum J, Stein SC, Dante SJ, Welch WC, Simeone, FA. : Cervical laminoforaminotomy for radiculopathy: symptomatic and functional outcomes in a large cohort with long-term follow-up. Surgical Neurology International (8), 1-16, 2014.

De Rojas JO, Syre P, Welch WC. Regional Anesthesia versus general anesthesia for surgery on the lumbar spine: A review of the modern literature. : Regional Anesthesia versus general anesthesia for surgery on the lumbar spine: A review of the modern literature. Clinical Neurol Neurosurg(119), 39-43, 2014.

Jaumard NV, Udupa JK, Welch WC, Winkelstein BA.: Kinematic magnetic resonance imaging to define the cervical facet joint space for the spine in neutral and torsion. Spine(39), 664-672, 2014.

Syre P, Bohman L-E, Baltuch G, LeRoux PL, Welch WC.: Cerebrospinal fluid leaks and their management after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: A report of 13 cases and a review of the literature. Spine 2014.

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