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 Medicine

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 1/29/2020, 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

174 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

51 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

A very caring and competent doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Doctor and staff work hard to make sure I can see the doctor when I need to.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Dr. Welches is a master. I have referred many people to him over the years.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

I will recommend Dr. Welches without hesitation.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

I only wish more DOs did mechanical manipulation instead of prescriptions and tests. Dr. Welches is a gem, who cares.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

Dr. Welches is great. I already have recommended him to others because of the results that I have experienced.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

very good doctor knows what he's doing and does the best and is very nice

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

very good care provider and attentive and knows what he's doing

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Dr Welches is absolutely the best !

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Dr. Whelches is a kind and caring doctor. He always listens to my cares and concerns and addresses them. He takes very good care of me.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

dr Welches gave me back my life. I'm almost pain free

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

I have recommended Dr Welches to several friends

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

Dr Welches is kind, attentive and knowledgeable. He is patient and listens. He has helped me with my condition more than and of my doctors.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

dr. welchas has a tremendous range of diagnostic and therapeutic tools. i feel lucky to have found his practice

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

excellent care from a very capable physician

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

doc welches is thee BEST doc I've Ever had. caring, knowledgeable, kind, compassionate, and respectful! need more of his ilk.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

Dr. Welches is the quintessential physician. He recently impressed me with his insight to a new approach to care for me based on information I provided several weeks ago; he obviously had given thought about me as his patient between appointments and suggested a new treatment that is working! He listens well and retains the information as he remembers me and my circumstances; describes in full detail what problems present and what steps he is taking to provide care; looks at the full person, not one problem at a time; shows great care in touch, word, and eye contact. A very gifted practitioner in all ways. I have referred friends to him.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

Have already referred several friends to Dr. Welches.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Dr. Welches is obviously very much in demand. He came highly recommended from one of his patients, but it took about two months to see him. When one is dealing with pain, that is a long time. De. Welches wanted to see me for 4 weeks straight. I saw him 10/23, but could not see him again till the beginning of January. I find lengthy waits to see competent doctors the norm, not the exception. The slogan you used to advertise about same day appointments...definitely FAKE NEWS!

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Dr. Welches handled me well, in a very professional manner. He is not one for chit-chat but does what needs doing efficiently, methodically, and expertly. He informed me of a few things and then worked. My experience and results were good, and I look forward to future visits (which aren't coming soon enough. He is entitled, of course, to vacation, and again, of course, he see other patients.)Tiffany, who was in the room, did not provide any service but < I guess, in this day and age, a male doctor with a female patient needs another person/woman in the room---sad commentary on our society.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

I recommend Dr. Welches to many people.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Dr Welches is Extremely Professional , informative and answers all questions.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr. whelches is a wonderful doctor. he listens closley to you and explains why he is doing what he is doing. he gives me hope.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Always recommend Dr. Welches!

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Dr. Welches is great, but waiting 6-8 weeks for an appointment is ridiculous!

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Dr Welches is very gentle and the treatment really helps my back pain. He answers my questions and I never feel rushed

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Dr was recommended to me by my 86 year old mother who he has helped with her back problems

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Dr. Welches did not say one word to me during the whole 40 min. visit, except "Hi, how are you?" while walking in, and "Alright, that's it, bye." as he grabbed the door handle to leave. He did not ask me anything about my issues, conditions, or pains. This makes you feel very uncomfortable. During a first initial visit, I asked him what he thinks can be causing my issues; he got mad, snapped at me and said he didn't know, and that he already told me was my first appointment. I am not comfortable asking him anything anymore. It is clear that he knows he is the only D.O. at the Clinic that does this type of treatment, and treats people like they are disposable, because he can.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

I understand that we don't choose a specific doctor to make friends, and that some doctors are more of an introvert; but there is an expectation of at least being acknowledged as a human being, let alone a patient seeking out a doctor for information and treatment. This is by far a big void and an issue with Dr. Welches.

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.

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