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 School - 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 School - Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, OH USA

Medical School - 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 1/16/2018, 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

87 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

16 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

I am very pleased with Dr Welches and he has been able to eliminate my pain. I have referred friends to his office.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Dr.wenches is really nice and informative of my condition

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2018

I have had an excellent experience with all of the pain management department at Euclid Hospital. The quality of care and concern for me as a patient was so very professional and caring. Dr Welches and staff treated my concerns and fears in a calm and patient manor. All questions were answered and fears relieved.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2018

Dr. Welches is an excellent provider whom I trust completely. I get amazing relief from suffering without the use of opiates. He is an outstanding practitioner, communicator, listener and teacher. I am grateful to Cleveland Clinic for his practice. He's given me a better quality of life.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2018

I am always impressed that Dr. Welches is familiar with my particular physical problems and gives undivided attention and respect. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable -- I'm grateful to have found a doctor like this in my lifetime and have referred many people to him.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2018

Dr. Welches is the only medical professional i have seen during the past 15 years (during which I have been dealing with the lingering consequences of an accident) who has been able to provide relief and correct underlying muscular-skeletal issues that trigger pain and loss of function. He was the first, and to this point, the only medical professional who considered the totality of my symptoms and has consistently been able to address my condition with a hands-on, direct therapeutic approach that actually works! At times I go into his office unable to stand up straight, and I leave with far better function than when I arrives. I do not know what I would do without Dr. Welches' ability to alleviate my pain (with no prescription drugs) and improve my function so I can work, play and live better.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2018

Dr. Welches is a talented healer. I'm grateful for his care.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2018

Dr. Welches is amazing - he can never retire!

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018

I happened to mention I was having trouble taking a deep breath, Dr. said it sounded like a stuck rib. He made the adjustment and immediately I was able to take a deep breath without pain.

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

Dr. Welches is one of the few providers that actually takes the time to sit down and listen to all of my health issues. I have referred him to many of my family and friends.

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

Dr. Welches is always on time. I have never had to wait more than 5 minutes after my scheduled time for this provider.

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

Dr. Welches was very thorough regarding my presenting condition, in the exam and doing the needed procedures. He takes the time to answer my questions and concerns.His office personnel reflect how he treats his patients with dignity and absolute focus on his current patient. I leave his office knowing more about my conditions, feeling a sense of calmness and blessed to know that he and his staff are part of my wellness team.

Reviewed on May 1, 2018

Dr Welches is an amazing doctor but unfortunately he doesn't really tell you what is going on unless you ask him. I would like to see him have a conversation when the manipulation is done to go over things. I feel that he isn't allowed enough time with the exams which the f/u conversation is crucial to my care.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2017

Although I wanted to ask about certain medications I am taking, having an effect on my health, I did not get the chance, as the doctor was busy writing up his report on my treatment, and I did not like to interrupt him. He did not clarify if I needed a follow-up visit, so I assumed I did not need one.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2017

Dr Welches is amazing! He is able to tell all the parts of my body that are causing me pain. And he is able to realign them, which decreases my pain and increases my mobility and function. He can do this all with very gentle movements. He is very compassionate and caring. The Clinic is very lucky to have this incredible doctor!

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