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William C. Welch, MD, FACS, FICS

William C. Welch, MD, FACS, FICS Surgeon

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery Professor of Neurosurgery Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Welch is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. William C. Welch

Named to the 2013 Philadelphia Super Doctors list

Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs issue, 2010-2013, and 2015-2016

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Patient Comments

Clinical Specialties


  • Neurosurgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, 1995

Clinical Expertise:

  • Back Pain
  • Back Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Lumbar Disc Surgery
  • Spinal Degenerative Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Cancer
  • Spine Instrumentation
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Stabilization
  • Spine Surgery

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: SUNY/Downstate School of Medicine
Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center
Fellowship: Montefiore Medical Center


Allegheny County Medical Society, National American Association of Neurologic Surgeons, National American Association of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgeons (2012-), National American College of Surgeons, National American Medical Association, National Cervical Spine Research Society, National College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Local Congress of Neurological Surgeons, National International College of Surgeons, International Neurosurgical Society of America, National New York Academy of Sciences, National Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society, Local Philadelphia County Medical Society (2007-present), Local Society of Neurological Surgeons (Senior Society), National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Welch is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Cheng BC, Welch WC, Serhan H, Cunningham, B: The effects of intermediate fixation of occipital-cervico-thoracic fixation in a cadaveric model. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine : .

Cheng BC, Dawson J, Jensen L, Gordon J, Cheng J, Welch WC: Immediate biomechanical effects of lumbar posterior dynamic stabilization above a circumferential fusion The Spine Journal : .

Rabin A, Gerszten PC, Karausky P, Erhard R, Bunker CH, Potter DM, Welch WC: The diagnostic accuracy of the seated straight leg raise test compared to the supine straight leg raise test in detecting acute radiculopathy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. : .

Welch WC, Ong J, Gerszten PC, Nestler AJ, Burke JP, Cheng BC: Radiographic and clinical observations of screw backout in cervical instrumentation construct failures. Advances in Therapy : .

Gerszten PC, Lehmann E, Ozhasoglu C, Burton SA, Welch WC: Radiation dose tolerance of the spinal cord and cauda equina to Cyberknife spinal radiosurgery Neurosurgery : .

Welch WC, Cheng BC, Awad TE, Davis R, Maxwell JH, Delamarter R, Wingate JK, Sherman J, Macenski MM: Clinical outcomes of the Dynesys dynamic neutralization system: 1-year preliminary results. Neurosurg Focus 22 (1): E8,2007.

Gerszten PC, Welch WC: Combined percutaneous transpedicular tumor debulking and kyphoplasty for pathological compression fractures J Neurosurg-Spine 6 (1): 92-95,2007.

Gerszten PC, Burton SA, Ozhasglu C, Welch WC: Radiosurgery for spinal metastases: clinical experience in 500 cases from a single institution Spine 32 (2): 193-199,2007.

Slivka MA, Spenciner DB, Seim HB, Welch WC, Serhan HA, Turner AS: High rate of fusion in sheep cervical spines following anterior interbody surgery with absorbable and nonabsorbable implant devices Spine 31 (24): 2772-2777,2006.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Neurosurgery
Pennsylvania Hospital
Washington Square West Building
235 S. 8th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 829-6700
Fax: (215) 829-7895
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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