Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

MaryJo WelkerChair, Department of Family Medicine
Associate Dean for Primary Care

Clinical Office
OSU Family Medicine at Healthy New Albany
150 W. Main Street
New Albany, Ohio 43054
Phone: 614-293-4980
Fax: 614-685-9427

Academic Office
Northwood-High Building
2231 N. High Street
Suite 250A
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: 614-293-2653
Fax: 614-293-2715
MaryJo.Welker@osumc.edu

Background

Having been in private practice for 16 years before joining the faculty full time, my primary interests are education, clinical practice and administration. At the state level, I have been very active in organized medicine through the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians and the Ohio State Medical Association. Nationally, I served three years on the board of directors for the American Academy of Family Physicians and 10 years on the AAFP Foundation’s board of trustees. I participated in their Physicians With Heart program and, most recently, in their Family Medicine Cares program, including three trips to Haiti.

Education and Training

  • Residency: Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Professional Honors
  • Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, 1979
  • Recertification: 1985, 1991, 1997, 2004-2014; 2014-2024
  • Philanthropist of the Year: American Academy of Family Physician Foundation, 2016
  • Family Physician of the Year – Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, 2015
  • Health Care Heroes Manager Award, 2008, central Ohio
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Robert Graham Award for outstanding executives, 2007
  • “Local Legend” – American Medical Women’s Association, 2004
  • OSU Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001
  • The Notre Dame Alumnae Association of St. Joseph Academy, Distinguished Alumnae, 2000
  • Fellow: American Academy of Family Physicians, 1981
  • Best Doctors in America, 2001-present

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Select Publications

Priya P. Mehta, Juan E. Santiago-Torres, C. Ellis Wisely, Katherine Hartmann, Frini A. Makadia, Mary Jo Welker, and Diane L. Habash, Primary Care Continuity Improves Diabetic Health Outcomes: From Free Clinics to Federally Qualified Health Centers, J Am Board Fam Med May-June 2016; 29:318-324;

Wexler R, Lehman J, Welker MJ. Patient Centered Medical Home transformation at an academic medical center. Journal of Hospital Administration. Vol 5, No. 16. 2015. DOI: 10.5430/jha.v5n1p34. http://www.sciedu.ca/journal/index.php jha/issue/view/385

Wexler, R, Hefner, J, Welker, MJ, McAlearney, A.  Health Care Reform: Possibilities and Opportunities for Primary Care. The Journal of Family Practice. June 2014; 63 (6): 298-304. 

Fahey P, Cruz-Huffmaster D, Blincoe T, Welter C, Welker MJ. Analysis of Downstream Revenue to an Academic Medical Center from a Primary Care Network. Academic Medicine. 2006; 81(8): 702-707.

Welker, MJ, Orlov, D. – Thyroid Nodules, American Family Physician – Volume 67/No.3 February 1, 2003, pages 559-566 with patient education material on page 573

Select Poster Presentations

Beck, E., Welker, MJ, Wexler, R; Utilization of Care Coordinators in Patient Centered Medical Homes in an Academic Medical Center and Impact on Hospital Readmissions, Conference on Practice Improvement, December 2014

Stone, Linda, Miller, Deborah, Welker, Mary Jo; Innovations in Student Interest Programming: Collaborating With the Entertainment Industry; 41st STFM Annual Spring Conference, 2008

Fahey P, Cruz-Huffmaster D, Blincoe T, Welter C, Welker MJ. Analysis of Downstream Revenue to an Academic Medical Center from a Primary Care Network, 2008 STFM Meeting, 

Fahey P, Cruz-Huffmaster D, Blincoe T, Welter C, Welker MJ. Analysis of Downstream Revenue to an Academic Medical Center from a Primary Care Network, 2007 AAMC Meeting, Washington, DC. November 2-7, 2007

Grants

Funded:

7/1/2016-6/30/2021
HRSA: Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) program
Expanding, Enhancing, and Enriching the Primary Care Workforce through Clinical Transformation Education, $2,495,068
Role: Project Director (PI)

09/01/2012-06/30/2017
HRSA/BHPr Nurse Education, Practice and Retention (NEPR) Program
Promoting Total Health and Wellness in Underserved Populations with IPCP
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Graham)

Case Western Reserve University Subaward (PI: Welker) 
09/01/2012-8/31/2017
Prime: AHRQ 1 P30 HS 021648-01 (PI: Werner)
Collaborative Ohio Inquiry Network (COIN)
Role: Subcontract Principal Investigator

Title VII, HRSA Administrative Units in Primary Care, September 2011-2016 - “Ohio State Primary Care: Foundation for a Central Ohio Accountable Care Organization”- $760,000; PI- Welker

Colorectal Screening in Primary Care; National Cancer Institute; five-year R01 grant – $2,327,189; May 2007; Co-Investigator – 2%

Title VII, HRSA Administrative Grants for Departments of Family Medicine, September 2000-2003 - $1,150,000; PI - Welker

Title VII, HRSA Administrative Grants for Departments of Family Medicine, September 2003-2006 - $1,060,560; PI-Welker


Unfunded:


Welker, MJ: Ohio State Comprehensive Care: Improving Lives One Person at a Time, Department of Health and Human Services, 5-year grant, July 2010, $1,310,237, Principal Investigator (Approved but not funded)

Welker, MJ: Comprehensive Care Signature Program: Improving Lives One Person at a Time.  Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, three-year grant - $844,259; Submitted December 10, 2007, Principal Investigator (Not Approved)

Welker, MJ: The Personal Medical Home: Implications for Patient Care, Education, and Research.  Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, three-year grant - $589,888; Submitted February 12, 2007, Principal Investigator (Approved but not funded).

Welker, MJ: Seamless Family Practice Training: Urban, Inner City, Rural, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, three-year grant - $777,588; Submitted September 9, 1997, Principal Investigator (Not Approved).