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Dr. Welch is originally from the Washington D.C. area. After graduation from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) he returned to the area to complete his medical (Howard University) and neurosurgical training (George Washington University Medical Center). He subsequently pursued fellowship training in surgical and endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular disease at the UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX). As a result of this training he gained proficiency in the treatment of vascular lesions of the brain, carotid arteries, as well as the acute presentation ischemic stroke using a combination of surgical and endovascular techniques. Dr. Welch was recruited to the faculty at UT Southwestern for this expertise. While he maintains an interest in general and skull base neurosurgery his practice has evolved toward the urgent and elective management of cerebrovascular disease. In recognition of his contribution to local and national cerebrovascular care Dr. Welch was appointed as the inaugural holder of the Duke Samson Chair in Neurological Surgery in 2015 and became a Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology in 2017. He serves as the Director of the UT Southwestern Microvascular Laboratory and routinely instructs residents and colleagues alike in surgical and endovascular approaches to vascular diseases of the brain. His routinely publishes in the national and international literature on topics related to his specialty. He has a developing interest in the development of public policy as it relates to the provision of care to patients with stroke in our nation and affects this policy through elected positions in the national neurosurgical societies. Dr. Welch maintains fluency in Spanish language. He enjoys reading historical fiction, photography, cycling and educating himself on world cultures through travel.