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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
Driving Directions

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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 2/8/2023, 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

115 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

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Doctor is a gifted healer. His bedside manner leaves much to be desired. I'll continue to use his services.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Great Dr. Hard to see on schedule..

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Dr Welches is an excellent physician. He is always attentive to my concerns. He has developed and perfected unique skills to provide compassionate care. I am blessed to have him as a physician.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

The office staff and Dr. Welches are great. Dr. Welches is very knowledgeable and compassionate. He truly cares about his patients.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Dr Welches is amazing. Always feel better after I leave an appointment. Both physically and mentally.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2022

I was contacted about an opening in Dr. Welches' schedule and was able to see him that same day. I arrived early for the appointment, and was seen within 15 minutes of my arrival.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Dr. Welches has been very helpful

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

I so appreciate Dr. Welche's skill set. My 91 y/o mom would be in constant without his care.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

Dr. Welches is a supremely professional practitioner. Most focused healthcare provider I've met to date. I hope his practice is appreciated for how much value and real healthcare he offers.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Dr. Welches has helped me with my pain by actually treating the problem and not the symptoms.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Dr Welches is so caring about doing the best he can for me.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Dr. Welches listened to me and he genuinely care about my issues.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

The staff in Dr. Welches office were all kind and caring. They me me feel comfortable and relaxed about seeing the doctor. Dr. Welsches, himself, is a very caring and kind person and a good listener. I believe because they took the time to listen to me, that they will be able to help me with my pain issues. I am schedule to return 3 times and I am looking forward to receiving their care.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Dr. Welches is very professional and very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Very good experience first time for this type of treatment . Will highly recommend Dr W

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

I travel over an hour and half I would love to have a closer unit to visit. Dr Welches has saved me from my pain and is one of the best doctors ever.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

The visit was a good experience. I would have liked more time, but perhaps the doctor does not wish to overdo his treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Dr Welches doesn't speak much during an appointment or explain what he is doing. All j know is that he provides relief as he does manipulation

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Dr. Welches is amazing. He figured out what no other doctor could for years and was able to treat it non invasively and without medication with side effects. He has helped me so much

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Doctor Welches treatment has greatly improved my condition, I would highly recommend him to all I know dealing with this problem. He doesn't give up! Thank you.

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

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