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 health care 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.

247 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 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 Jun 17, 2021

    Dr. Welker is a gem. Always a great visit when I need to go. Keeps me up to date with my next visit & what I need to do. I've had her for my doctor for over 40 years. I appreciate her!

  • Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

    My care provider is very knowledgeable and professional and asks many questions regarding the reason for my visit. She always figures out the best course of action for my care. She always takes the time to listen to what I have to say and answers my questions that I send in messages very quickly.

  • Reviewed on Jun 07, 2021

    Ohio State Medical is ALWAYS very professional,caring and most importantly very knowledgeable

  • Reviewed on May 14, 2021


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  • Reviewed on Apr 24, 2021

    Great! I have been a patient of Dr. Welker's over 40 years. I have followed her whenever her office location changed.

  • Reviewed on Apr 06, 2021


  • Reviewed on Apr 06, 2021

    Dr. Welker has a very calming demeanor and is extremely knowledgeable, always backing up answers with research based evidence. I'm very confident she is the right physician for me.

  • Reviewed on Apr 04, 2021

    I dont feel like I got to talk about all my problems and explain all my symptoms which is unusual. then a medication I have been on for years I was asked who was prescribing this?

  • Reviewed on Apr 01, 2021

    Dr. Welker has been my doctor for 38 years and she is an excellent doctor in every way. Love her and the care that she gives me.

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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 11/01/2020, Dr. Welker has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • The Medical Board of the State of Ohio