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

South Pointe Hospital


Additional Locations

Pain Management

Euclid Hospital

18901 Lakeshore Blvd
Euclid, OH 44119
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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

Internship - 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

Graduate 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 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

See publications for William Welches, DO, PhD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 1/28/2022, 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

126 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Dr.Welches is booked so far in advance it is hard to get a current appointment. He is that GOOD.

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

In treating me, Dr. Welches is A++++

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

William Welches is one of your doctors.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022

Dr Welches is amazing. Always listens and very caring.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022

I have already recommended Dr. Welches many times to others.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Dr. Welches was honest, able to explain things so I could understand,found the issue, corrected it, gave me reasonable expectations and things to do to help it

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

DR. Welches is consistently excellent!

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Always great experience with this provider.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Dr. Welches is one of your top docs. I have referred many friends to him.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Have recommended several individuals and will continue for friends seeking pain management alternatives. Dr. Welches's OMT work is unique and effective In order to avoid pain meds. He also has a very kind demeanor. He remembers me as his patient. I trust him.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

It is due to Dr. Welches, expertise, care, and advice, that I have a relatively pain free existence, after having experienced chronic sciatic nerve pain for about three years prior-until he began treating me.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Dr. Welches is phenomenal

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Again, the doctor's skill is unparalleled, but this also makes it difficult to schedule appointments with him as he is in such high demand.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Dr Welches is the best

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

I've already recommended Dr. Welches to several people.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

I feel indebted to Dr. Welches because, since 5/2016 at the onset on my sciatic nerve pain, he is the only doctor, through care and advice/direction, who has helped provide long term relief for/to me.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Dr. Welches is an amazing caregiver and doctor. He is all of these attributes and more. His demeanor is calm and professional with great concern for the person he is treating.From my first visit to him I felt he was concerned about me as a patient

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

I am very grateful for the access to osteopathic treatment available from Dr. Welches. His professionalism and skill is a rare find.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

It is always a pleasant experience at Dr. Welches office from the desk staff to nurse assistants and of course him.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

I have already recommended Dr. Welches to others many times. Half of our church goes to him!

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.

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