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William C. Welch, MD, FACS, FICS

William C. Welch, MD, FACS, FICS Physician

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

Dr. Welch is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. William C. Welch

Named to the 2013 Philadelphia Super Doctors list

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2006 - 2008, 2010, and 2012 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007 - 2012, 2015 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues, 2010 - 2013, and 2015 - 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Overall Ratings

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
  • Tarlov Cysts

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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.


Description of Research Expertise:

Spinal biomechanics
Cost analysis, spine
Spinal outcomes

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): 36-40,2015.

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.

Academic Contact Info

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

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

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