Dr. Kevin Welch, MD

Dr. Kevin Welch, MD

Rhinology  |  
Male  |  
44 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Kevin Welch, MD is a rhinology specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 10 years. He graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2002 and specializes in rhinology, otolaryngic skull base surgery, and more.Read his story

Northwestern Medical Group

675 N Saint Clair St Ste 15-200

Chicago, IL 60611
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • HealthLink
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UniCare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


See how frequently Dr. Welch performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Chronic Sinusitis
very high
more than 98% of peers
very high
more than 97% of peers
Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Dr. Welch's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Welch "I am board certified in Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery and fellowship-trained in rhinology, sinus surgery and anterior skull base surgery. I am a former chairman of the American Rhinologic Society Information Technology Committee as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Rhinologic Society, which is the premier society that advocates for clinical and basic science research and advances in treatment for patients with sinusitis. I serve on the Rhinology & Paranasal Sinus Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, and these are two long-standing committees that promote education in the field of rhinology and allergic diseases. Lastly, I am an Associate Editor and on the Board of Directors for the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, the most widely distributed and read medical journal for sinusitis and allergic diseases. I currently practice and research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I see patients with chronic sinusitis, sinus cancer, sinus tumors, polyps, deviated septums and those who would like a consultation regarding endoscopic sinus surgery or revision endoscopic sinus surgery."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Welch "My approach to patient care is to work efficiently to accurately diagnose a patient's problem and to provide them with options in line with the best available evidence and outcomes in mind. As a specialist, I use a number of tools and techniques (e.g., nasal endoscopy and cone beam imaging) to increase the accuracy of diagnosis. While these may seem unnecessary to some, these tools and techniques have been shown to minimize misdiagnosis and to improve patient care while saving money in the long run. "


  • Rhinology
  • Otolaryngic Skull Base Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

Conditions Treated

  • Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Deviated Septum
  • Encephalocele
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Fungal Sinusitis
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
  • Meningiomas
  • Nose Cancer
  • Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Polyps
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinus Tumor
  • Sinusitis
  • Skull Base Tumor


  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Complex Skull Base Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Orbital Surgical Procedures
  • Revision Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Sphenoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Tear Duct Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Pennsylvania
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2002
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2007
  • Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2008

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Welch has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Welch's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Welch to family and friends
based on 26 total reviews (17 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (26)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Welch's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Welch Says:

Thank you for the feedback. I value the constructive criticisms and praise that anyone chooses to leave as feedback on this site. I encourage you to leave details specific to your visit so that other prospective patients can understand the reasons behind your praise/criticisms. If you have a bad experience, I would appreciate it if you spoke to me directly so that I have the opportunity to understand your dissatisfaction and work


Patient Comments (17)

I went to this physician with the primary complaint of loss of taste. I had gradually lost my taste over the past 2 years. Being that I hadn’t fully lost my sense of smell, he didn’t really care that I couldn’t taste my food. He said there is most likely no cure for lost of taste. I am way too...more
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in Oak Brook Illinois
Very professional approach to the patient/patient care. In depth explanation of the issues and an exceptionally good surgical procedure with minimal post-operative effects.
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Thank you, Mr. Petras! I am happy things have gone well for you, and I really appreciate the feedback.

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in Chicago, IL
Just had a surgery last wee to fix my deviated septum and had the stitches taken out this week. Dr. Kevin Welch and team did an excellent job and I'm so happy that I can inhale with my left nostril and breathe normal again!!!!!! :) Dr. Welch was very comprehensive, confident and competent. He was...more
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Thanks so much for the feedback. A septoplasty can really help people who are bothered by nasal obstruction -- especially when medication isn't working. I'm glad the surgery went well for you!

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in Pittsburgh, PA
Dr Welch was most thorough, explained details about my situation very well, including next steps.
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in Highland Park, IL
After two unsuccessful sinus surgeries, an ear doctor I was seeing recommended Dr. Welch (2010). With the inclusion of daily nasal rinses, I’ve been mainly trouble free ever since. I rarely bother with reviews, but I’m confident in recommending Dr. Welch to anyone who is having sinus issues....more
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Thank you, Wayne! I am glad we were able to turn things around for you and that you are relatively trouble-free with the rinses. Good luck to you!

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