Department Pain Management
Primary Location South Pointe Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acupuncture
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Comprehensive Pain Management
  • Management of Back and Neck Pain
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Pain Control
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pain Rehabilitation
View all 10 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Knee Injuries
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Pain
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Spine Pain
  • Whiplash
View all 11 Specialties +


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About William Welches, DO, PhD

I am an Osteopathic Physician with board certification in family practice medicine and have specialized expertise in osteopathic manipulation. I have a PhD in biochemistry and was a Research Scientist for a number of years before returning to medical school.

My area of specialty is pain management. I use osteopathic manipulation, along with several programs including diet therapy and counseling, to help patients with their pain. My techniques and programs are integrated with those of my colleagues in the Pain Management Department to provide patients with comprehensive treatment.

                                                                                                       -- William Welches, DO, PhD
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA USA

Residency - South Pointe Hospital
Family Practice
Warrensville Heights, OH USA

Internship - South Pointe Hospital
Family Practice
Warrensville Heights, OH USA

Medical Education - Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, OH USA

Medical Education - University of Illinois Hospital at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL USA

Undergraduate - Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO USA

Additional Training

  • PhD, biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Family Practice

Specialty Interests

acupuncture, alternative medicine, back, Back Pain, back/neck pain, diet and nutrition, evaluation of back and neck pain, interventional pain management, interventional pain management for back and neck pain, Low Back Pain, management of chronic pain, neuropathic, neuropathic pain, osteopathic manipulation therapy, pain, pain management, pain management including spine, rehabilitation, spine, spine pain

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/29/2019, Dr. Welches has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

132 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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 Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

37 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

Dr. Welches does not have the greatest personality and definitely a man of a few words. However, he knows what he is doing and I always get results which is the most important to me.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

I have recommended and referred Dr Welch's to anyone I encounter who has problems with pain management

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Dr. Welches seems very intelligent and to-the-point. He is not a particularly warm, compassionate man, from what I can tell, and that was off-putting.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

The doctor was very nice and very thorough in regards to obtaining information about me. I was very comfortable and encouraged.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

diagnostically most skilled Dr i've ever met, with therapy skills to match. He's helping long standing conditions unwind gently yet quickly.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Dr. Welches is very professional and very skilled. I have already recommended him to others.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

The treatment the physician provides helps me; however, he doesn't give any conclusions about my condition nor present a treatment plan.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

Support staff, nurses & Dr. Welches were all courteous, professional, pleasant & helpful.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Dr Welches saves me from having to take pain relievers for serious pain caused by injuries. without him I would be in chronic pain and my life would be miserable. you need more like him. he is direct and efficient and thorough

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

You need more Dr Welches to combat pain and overuse of pain medication.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr Welches is a 110 out of 100

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

Dr Welches provides excellent care, and clear, advanced strategies for hands-on treatment of pain. He demonstrates appropriate empathy, patience, listening, validation of a patient's concerns, offers coping strategies, and all done with great respect. He is one of a kind!

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

doctor was very thorough good job

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

provider was very good

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

awesome diagnostian, effective treatment on the first visit. thrilled to find this dr.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

Dr Welches is true asset to the clinic. so pleased I found him.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr Welches is one of the best doctors I have & have ever interacted with as a care provider.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

Dr. Welches has the ability to put a patient at ease, discussing my health issues and treatment. I have never left his office after a treatment that I didn't feel relieved of pain. You can tell he is methodical and precise.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

Dr Welches provides the highest caliber of care! He is empathic, patient, efficient, compassionate, gifted and is clearly highly educated and skilled in joint manipulation, pain management, etc.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Recommend Dr. Welches to everyone!!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

without dr Welches I would be living in debilitating pain. he is amazing

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Dr. Welches is an accomplished professional and I trust him completely with my care. He's an outstanding communicator and highly skilled in the therapies he provides. I have referred several people to him.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

I was in a lot of pain but still had to wait several weeks for an appt and never offered to see another doctor who can do the same treatment.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

while I'm so blessed to have Dr Welch's as my physician he just doesn't say anything to you. He doesn't say what your current problem is why he's doing what it is he's doing during treatment or what my future health looks like or what I can exoect.I hate asking questions because I feel I should some how know.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

I would still recommend Dr Welches because what he is able to achieve may be only temporary relief of pain but when you have pain all of the time some relief and these annoyances are worth it.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

Dr Welches is very empathetic and very much discusses every aspect of your condition and the care is his providing. I have already recommended him to countless others

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

I like the Hands-On approach and that the doctor was knowledgeable about my situation.

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2018

there were no delays - Dr is always on time !!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

Dr. Welches is superb!

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

Dr. Welches makes the most efficient use of the time for my appointment. He listens to and addresses my questions and concerns while providing me with the best care, treatment and medical advice. I always leave with a feeling that I have received the best care possible and in a better frame of mind.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

Dr. Welches has no qualms being frank, yet respectful.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

DR. Welches is the best doctor you could possibly get, and the only doctor, who does NOT make you wait. Waiting time is usually no more than 5 min. Extremely caring, knowledgeable and attentive to a patent's needs.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

Best doctor! improves my quality of life. Knows my history and treatment is always effective. I trust him completely. His professionalism and skill of treatment is exemplary.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

Dr. Welches' skills are rare -- difficult to find in a doctor. The DO approach and OMT are more tactil and I know has improved my overall well being -- not just mechanical body issues. He's been a lifesaver.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

Tight schedule there. Very efficient. Always can count on Dr. Welches.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

Don't feel comfortable that you now offer chaperones ... sign of mistrust. Have always trusted Dr. Welches.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

was impressed that a nurse was present with dr. really did not know what to expect with manipulation. however , exam was not invasive at all. dr was gentle - absolutely no pain & explained everything he was do.

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