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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, Executive Committee Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia, PA
member, Operating Room Committee Pennsylvania Hospital
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)
Medical Director , Spine Center at Pennsylvania Hospital
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

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.

Piazza M, McShane BJ, Ramayya AG, Sullivan PZ, Ali ZA, Marcotte PJ, Welch WC, Ozturk AK: Posterior cervical laminectomy results in better radiographic decompression of the spinal cord compared to anterior cervical discectomy fusion. World Neurosurg 17, 2017.

Pierce JT, Kositratna G, Attiah M, Kallan MJ, Koenigsberg R, Syre P, Wyler D, Marcotte PJ, Kofke WA, Welch WC: Efficiency of spinal anesthesia versus general anesthesia for lumbar spinal surgery: a retrospective analysis of 544 patients Local and Regional Anesthesia 10: 91-98, 2017.

Ali ZS, Ma TS, Ozturk AK, Malhotra NR, Schuster JM, Marcotte PJ, Grady MS, Welch WC, : Pre-Optimization of Spinal surgery patients: Development of a neurosurgical enhanced recovery after surgery(ERAS)protocol. Clinical Neurol Neurosurg 164: 142-153, 2017.

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.

Jolsgrove TP, Jaumard NV, Zhu N, Stiansen N, Welch WC, Winkelstein BA: Upper cervical spine loading simulating a dynamic low-speed collision significantly increases the risk of pain compared to quasistatic loading with equivalent neck kinematics. JOurnal of Biomechanical Engineering 138, 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.

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.

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