William Welch

Dr. William Welch, MD, FACS, FICS

Neurosurgeon at Penn Medicine

Meet Dr. William Welch, MD, FACS, FICS

Dr. Welch is a board-certified and fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with Penn Medicine.

His clinical expertise covers spine conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spinal tumors, spinal stenosis, myelopathy, and more.

Dr. Welch at a Glance

  • Dr. Welch is involved in all aspects of spinal surgery, and has performed over 15,000 surgeries in his career.
  • He was recognized on the Philadelphia “Super Doctors” list (2013) and in Philadelphia Magazine’s annual “Top Docs” issue (2015-2017).

If you experience back or neck pain, talk to Dr. Welch about what he can do for you.

Dr. Welch is a member of Penn Medicine.

Directions to our primary location in Philadelphia, PA

How Dr. William Welch, MD, FACS, FICS Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • MD – SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
  • Residency – University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Fellowship – Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY


  • Brain Tumors
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Upper Back Pain


  • Lumbar Disc Surgery/Replacement
  • Microsurgery
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • Spinal Stabilization
  • Spine Surgery

What Patients are Saying About Dr. William Welch, MD, FACS, FICS

Dr. Welch was excellent at answering all our questions about the surgical procedure, medications, post surgical care, pain management post surgery, necessary follow-up care, and every other question we asked. When done I felt quite confident about being in his care.

I was very impressed and pleased with Dr. Welch. He took time to explain my condition in a way that was helpful and understandable to me.

Dr. Welch is terrific. I have recommended him to several of my friends.

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Accolades for Dr. William Welch, MD, FACS, FICS

Professional Distinctions

  • Chair, Department of Neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Medical Society
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Orthopedic and Neurological Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • International College of Surgeons
  • Neurosurgical Society of America
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society
  • Philadelphia County Medical Society
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons (Senior Society)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery


  • 2013 "Philadelphia Super Doctor" List
  • "Philadelphia" Magazine Top Docs 2010-2013, 2015-2017
  • America's Top Doctors 2006-2008, 2010, 2012-2014
  • Best Doctors in America 2007-2012, 2015-2018

Office Information for Dr. William Welch, MD, FACS, FICS

Penn Neurosurgery Pennsylvania Hospital 235 South 8th Street Washington Square West Building Philadelphia, PA 19106 Driving Directions

Primary Location

Penn Neurosurgery Pennsylvania Hospital
235 South 8th Street
Washington Square West Building
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Insurance Accepted

  • Most Insurance Plans Accepted

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