About Me

I have been a practicing family physician for more than 30 years. As chair of the Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University, I believe in shared decision-making so that patients are engaged in their health care.

I love family medicine because it allows me to have a long-term doctor-patient relationship with a variety of individuals with different ages, different diseases, and different perspectives and experiences.

In addition to my clinical work, I am a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where my research focuses on education, clinical practice and administration.

I was the principal investigator on a Health Resources & Services Administration grant to work on interprofessional education with the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the College of Social Work. I am also the co-investigator on a nursing grant that was recently submitted to develop a residency program for advanced practices nurses in primary care.

I enjoy the people that I work with at Ohio State and the fact that we look forward to making things better for our patients. I also like that we’re an integrated healthcare system, where all records are in the same place with computer access from any of our sites. This allows doctors to view a patient’s records and communicate electronically, which supports patient engagement.
  • Chair of Ohio State’s Family Medicine Department for 14 years
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors
  • Past President of American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
  • Best Doctor in America 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Family Practice
  • Hospital Administration
  • Primary Care

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
7/1/1973 - 6/1/1976


Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH

6/1/1976 - 6/30/1979

Board Certification

American Board of Family Medicine

Academic Information

My Department

Family Medicine

More About My Work


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

624 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.8 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.7 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.8 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.8 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

    Dr. Welker does a wonderful job listening to me and my son. She asks him direct questions and listens to his answers confirming them with me.

  • Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

    knowledgeable and friendly

  • Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

    Dr. Welker is a true professional! She always takes time to understanding what is going on with me and helps to make sure that all of medical needs are covered. I couldn't ask for a better doctor!

  • Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

    Listened - reminds- caring - knows my medical history

  • Reviewed on Aug 01, 2020

    never any complaints

  • Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

    The best doctor ever

  • Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020


  • Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020


  • Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

    Good care, friendly, concerned about what I had to say.

  • Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

    Dr. Welker is GOOD at what she does and a wonderful person.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/21/2019, Dr. Welker has reported no relationships with companies or entities.