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

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Frederick A. Simeone Professor in 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
Physician Lead, Neurosciences Service Line (Spine)
Co-Developer, Perelman School of Medicine relationship with Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
Medical Director , Spine Center at Pennsylvania Hospital
Medical Director, UPENN Neuroscience Service Line (Spine), UPENN
Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Neurosurgery
Department: Neurosurgery

Contact information
Department of Neurosurgery
Pennsylvania Hospital
801 Spruce Street
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Office: 215-829-6700
Fax: 215-829-3361
Graduate Group Affiliations
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

Yang AI, Rinehart CD, McShane BJ, Hitti FL, Welch WC: Growth of lumbosacral perineural (Tarlov) cysts: a natural history analysis. Neurosurgery 86, 2020.

Sharma N, Piazza M, Marcotte P, Welch WC, Ozturk A, Chen I, Ali Z, Schuster J, Malhotra NR: Implications of anesthetic approach, spinal versus general, for the treatment of spinal disc herniation. Journal of Neurosurgery:Spine 30, 2019.

Janjua MBUD, Ozturk A, Piazza M, Passias P, Arlet V, Welch WC: Technical nuances of percutaneous sacroiliac joint fixation: a cadaveric study. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 61, 2019.

Ali ZS, Flanders TM, Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR, Leszinsky L, McShane BJ, Gardiner DG, Rupich K, Chen H-C, Schuster J, Marcotte PJ, Kallan MJ, Grady MS, Fleisher LA, Welch WC: Enhanced recovery after elective spine and peripheral nerve surgery: pilot study from a single institution. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 30: 532-540, 2019.

Piazza M, Sharma N, Olemo B, McClintock S, Missimer E, Gardiner D, Maloney E, Callahan D, Smith LJ, Welch WC, Schuster J, Grady MS, Malhotra NR: Initial assessment of the risk assessment and prediction tool in a heterogenous neurosurgical patient population. Neurosurgery 85, 2019.

Janjua MBUD, Reddy S, Sandami AF, Welch WC, Ozturk AK, Price AV, Weprin BE, Swift DM: Predictors of 90-day readmission in children undergoing spinal cord tumor surgery: a nationwide readmissions database analysis. World Neurosurgery 127: e697-706, 2019.

Janjua MBUD, Ozturk AK, Ackshota N, McShane BJ, Saifi C, Welch WC, Arlet V.: Surgical treatment of flat back syndrome with hyper-lordotic cages. Operative Neurosurgery 2019.

Caplan I, Sinha S, Schuster J, Piazza M, Glauser G, Osiema B, McClintock S, Welch WC, Sharma N, Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR: The utility of cervical spine bracing as a post-operative adjunct to single-level anterior cervical spine surgery. Asian Journal of Spinal Surgery 2019.

Holsgrove TP, Amin D, Pascul SR, Ding B, Welch WC, Gheduzzi S, Miles AW, Costi JJ, Winkelstein BA, Costi JJ: The equivalence of multi-axis spine systems: recommended stiffness corridors using a standardized testing protocol. J Biomech 70: 59-66, 2018.

Pierce JT, Kanuparthi P, McShane BJ, Welch R, Marcotte PJ, Welch WC.: A prospective detailed time analysis study of 18 patients undergoing elective single-level lumbar open microdiscectomy spinal surgery. World Neurosurgery 18, 2018.

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Last updated: 06/20/2022
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