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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

166 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

51 Patient Comments

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 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.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

dr.welches and staff always treat with care and genuine concern. i always leave feeling like I was heard and taken seriously.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

dr W. office staff are superior! Caring, knowledgeable, listen to the patient needs and all reflective of what health care should br

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Dr Welches' respect,listening skills, expertise, knowledge , ability to gently rid one of pain is genius- his sanitation procedures were over the top- you could not help but feel comfortable with him in these uncertain times

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

have not had care like this in a long time this Dr. and his staff restored my hope for quality health care - it's out there

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Because Dr. Welches is so good at what he does, it can be difficult to get a timely app't. The virus didn't help.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Dr. Welches has an amazing range of therapeutic tools, and a willingness to integrate them beyond mere pain management, when given the opportunity

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

incredible visit with a very talented doctor. I can't get over how much better I feel and I feel extremely lucky that I was able to see him.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

COVID caused me to miss 3 months of appointments and my pain level sky rocketed. my back had rotated 2 inches. dr Welches is fixing it

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Dr Welches technique of pain management keeps me off of any pain pills. more doctors are needed like him

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Welches is superb. Very professional and competent. Good communicator.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

DR. Welches is the best provider that I have seen in a long time.

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