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William C. Welch, M.D., FACS, F.I.C.S.

William Welch

Vice-Chairman (Clinical) of the Department of Neurosurgery since 2009

William Welch was born in New York City on March 24, 1961. His family moved to upstate NY shortly thereafter where he grew up in a rural setting until he was seven years old. Following his father's death from cancer, his mother, brother and two sisters returned to New York City to be closer to their extended family. Dr. Welch attended Brooklyn Technical High School and was accepted to the relatively new 6-year BS-MD program offered at the City College on New York. He completed his 3rd and 4th years of medical school at the Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn (SUNY Downstate) in 1985. There he rotated on the Neurosurgery Service under Dr. Thomas Milhorat and decided upon neurosurgery as a specialty.

Dr. Welch matched to the neurosurgery program at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital in 1985, completed his general surgery training and graduated in 1991 under Dr. Joseph McDonald. He subsequently completed fellowships in neuro-oncology and spine fellowship, both academically centered at Montefiore Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh by Dr. Jannetta, rose through the academic ranks to become full professor in 2004 with secondary appointments in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and became the Peter E. Sheptak Professor of Neurological Surgery in 2005. In 2007, he became Professor and Chief of Neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Welch is the Co-Director of the Neurosurgical Biomechanical Research Laboratory and oversees research related primarily to biomechanical assessments of the treated and untreated spine. His clinical activities and clinical trials revolve around spinal disorders and motion preservation. He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Commander from the United Stated Naval Reserves in 1998 after ten years of service.

Dr. Welch is most proud of his family, including his wife, Bonnie, and his two daughters Kimberly and Rachel.

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