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.

246 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 Dec 24, 2020

    It's all good! I moved a year ago so I now have about a 45 minute drive to get to my Doctors office and it's definitely worth the drive.

  • Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

    Dr. Welker is the best. She always listens and usually has the answer to any issues immediately. She has been my provider for a very long time!

  • Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

    Always ask if I have any questions and listens to my concerns. Willing to try different medications and dosages.

  • Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

    Provider asked if obvious skin issues (acne) desired treatment in a way that did not make my child feel self conscious.

  • Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

    Dr. Welker is a tremendous doctor as well as a person.

  • Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

    Dr. Welker is outstanding. She is very thorough and treats the "complete" patient taking the time to better understand overall health, behavior, concerns and medical history. She has a direct yet kind way of communicating information that is inclusive and comprehensive.

  • Reviewed on Nov 07, 2020

    my care provider is the best!!!!!

  • Reviewed on Nov 03, 2020

    All good.

  • Reviewed on Nov 03, 2020

    Dr. Welker's professional style is a wonderful way to get me to relax. She's very understanding and has great communication skills.

  • Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

    Excellent care!

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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