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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 1/27/2021, 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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* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

176 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

52 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Took 3 times to reach doctor welches office. I hate that Euclid cannot see schedule at Warrensville/Harvard.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Dr. Welches is incredible, engaging, cordial, an excellent co.municator.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Dr. Welches is a good communicator and an excellent osteopath. I have made good progress under his care.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Several of my family members see dr welches. Selfishly, we hope he never retires

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Dr.Whelches is a terrific doctor . He has done a great job helping me thru my issues. He explains what and why he doing treatment . I am very grateful that I found him in the Pain Management Dept. At Euclid Hospital.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Dr Welches is amazing, OMT is the only thing that helps my back and neck pain

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Dr. Welches is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Excellent experience. Dr Welches has been very good for me.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2021

Appointment to see a doctor, are sooooooo far/months away, that your symptoms can subside by the time you get to see a doctor.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

it is impossible to be seen when recommended by the Dr. because he is booked. I would not be happy to see someone else because Drz. Welches is an extraordinary Dr.

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

Dr. Welches is always congenial, which is the foundation of care. I had endured, daily chronic sciatica nerve pain for several years. I thought the daily pain was my plight for the rest of my life, until I started receiving care from Dr. Welches. The service and recommendations have been most effective.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

when you're in pain mgt and have pain you need to be seen promptly. having to wait a month is need more doctors to offer manipulations.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

I can't express how much I appreciate Dr Welches and what he has done for me as a patient. God bless this man and his healing hands.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

when you are in pain you need to see your pain mgt doctor within days and not a month or longer. I had a displaced rib I wasn't aware of until he informed me.Having been in pain for different reasons over the years you just don't go to the emergency room to get a pain shot because it's only temporary comfort.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Dr. Welches listened very well to a new problem. He is a skilled and talented clinician.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Dr Welches is a magician!

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

we need more Drs like Dr Welches.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

excellent staff and doctor

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

love dr welches.. understands listens supports

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

I have recommend Dr Welches to multiple people. he is fantastic doctor.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Doctor Welches is professional, knowledgeable, focus, helpful. His communication is direct, clear and yet feel warmth and friendly. He care about his patients. I trust Doctor Welches full hearted and with highest respect. Wishing all Doctors are like him.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

I have been making the recommendations for multiple people to visit doctor Welches

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

STAR support staff, excellent and timely physician attention and effectiveness

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

Dr Welches possesses superb understanding principles and practices of Osteopathic manipulation. Have been patient of Dr Welches nearly five years, greatly benefiting from his ability to manage my orthopedic and neurologic pain. Best there is!

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

Consummate professional. I have referred many people to Dr. Welches.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

Dr. Welches' practice is the best. Absolute focus on patient, knowledgeable, flexible, responsive, welcoming, like family, knows my history, caring, exceptional experience, offers unique services unavailable anywhere else. I have recommended the practice to many people.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr Welches is a treasure & I can't believe it took 4 yrs of suffering severe pain & disability for someone to refer me to him.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Dr Welches has greatly improved the quality of my life. He is an amazing doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

I recommend Dr. Welches all of the time.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

Dr Welches possesses unique skills and applies them in extraordinary treatment that moves a person toward improved structural integrity and optimal function, which, over time is fundamental in reducing and eliminating pain and discomfort. He is brilliant in his understanding and execution of osteopathic manipulative treatment. His value to the overall team under direction of Dr Dews is priceless. His innovative treatments offer both immediate and long lasting results. I am very grateful to have been referred to him by Dr Dews. He has helped me tremendously

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

At times provider has seemed genuinely warm and vitally interested in my care, other times he's brusk. Dr Welches manipulation technique is excellent and is what keeps me returning.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Dr Welches is amazing!!

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

I learned early on to schedule ahead because Dr. Welches in very much in demand

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Dr. Welches is excellent at what he does. I would highly recommend him to anyone suffering from back pain of any kind.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Dr Welches spent time with me. I had many areas of pain. He was kind respectful and thorough in his care.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

I would be eager to recommend Dr. Welches.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Dr Welches is awesome!

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Difficult to schedule with Dr Welches because he sees many patients over a period of time.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

dr welches is an awesome doctor and a fine human being

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Dr. Welches has provided care and subsequent guidance, which has promoted relief and progress from a chronic condition.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

great Doctor

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

I like being treated by smart doctors

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

he is an amazing doctor and you need more like him to help ease the pain

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

On 12/2, I had a 9:40 app't with Dr. Welches. The day before we had alot of snow falling but it had stopped about 9:00 p.m. When I arrived at Southpoint the entrance to the road off Warrensville was was totally blocked by snow so that I couldn't enter. I went to the main entrance which was passable. The circle drive to the entrance was cleared. I went to the entrance to the hospital and eventually a man came out. I learned that there is no valet parking there. He was very helpful and directed me to another lot that had been plowed. It took me longer to get into the hospital from the street than it did to get from my home there. The hospital knew that the storm was coming and had made poor provisions to deal with it. This was not the fault of those who work there but the administrations.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Dr. Welches is an extraordinary physician! his osteopathic diagnostic and treatment skills are superb. his treatments have made a tremendous positive impact on me pain management and overall well being. he is a most valuable asset to the Cleveland clinic and the mission of providing "world class care" to all patients !

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

I've referred three of my clients to Dr Welches and they are all very pleased with him and found his treatment very helpful in addressing their concerns

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

As I stated previously, this doctor is excellent.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

experience was outstanding with Dr Welches I have recommended him to family members

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

dr Welches is the best doctor I have ever worked with to manage my pain

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

I am so grateful for the continued care and support Dr. Welches provides. He doesn't give up or get frustrated when my pain keeps coming back. It really feels like he is on my journey with me.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

I felt very comfortable with my physician. I feel that he is helping with my pain. Dr welches is very professional.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Dr. Welches and staff are always responsive and congenial. Dr. Welches is patient, informative, and helpful, as we work towards an effective resolution for my medical concerns.

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