Dr. Kevin Welch, MD

Dr. Kevin Welch, MD

Ear, Nose, and ThroatMaleAge 48

Accepting new patients

Dr. Kevin Welch, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Chicago, IL and has over 19 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine medical school in 2002. He is affiliated with medical facilities Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Welch to book an appointment.

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Northwestern Medical Group

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(312) 574-3157
Northwestern Medical Group675 N Saint Clair St Chicago, IL 60611
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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Welch

4.4

Based on 43 ratings

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What went well
  • Appointment scheduling (37)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (36)
  • Office environment (36)
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (6)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (6)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (5)
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I saw Dr.Welch years ago when he was at Loyola. Dr.Welch helped save my life back in 2012. Dr. Welch in my opinion is one of the best doctors out there. He listens and genuinely cares about his patients. Most recently I had to do follow up with him and he remembered me. and spent a hour listening and was just complete awesome. Thanks for being the best Dr.Welch.
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Jonathan Konrath – May 13, 2020
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Dr. Welch is a rock star of a surgeon. To preface this review, I am absolutely terrified of hospitals (and surgery in particular). That said, from the first pre-op appointment I knew that he would be a perfect fit. Great bedside manner, but more importantly, he took the time to explain not only the benefits, but also the potential risks associated with the procedure in question (septoplasty and turbinate reduction). Nothing seemed rushed, and he seemed to genuinely be interested in helping me solve my lifelong sinus issues. Long story short - the surgery was perfect and I felt completely comfortable from start to finish. Additionally, he even took the initiative to spend ~20 minutes talking to my mom in the waiting room after the surgery while I was in recovery which is a true testament to his character. I just finished my post-op appointment and I honestly feel like a completely new person. Needless to say, my initial due diligence paid off and I strongly recommend Dr. Welch.
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Scott Duncan – Mar 20, 2020
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I thought going to Northwestern downtown I would be in very good hands with an excellent dr. The 1st time I went to Dr Welch I was impressed. He told me he could fix my problems without surgery which all of my previous drs wanted to do. I continued to get sick every 6 weeks over 6 month period of time. My last appt with him he said I can not help you anymore, you need surgery. I said I already had 4 surgeries and I am in the same position. What would you do differently. He said open up your sinu
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Jan 27, 2019
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Great doctor. Very direct and honest and made the whole process easy and comfortable.
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Ronald Price in Chicago, IL – Dec 17, 2018
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Thanks, Mr. Price! Glad you're doing well.
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I had another doctor who performed 2 previous surgeries for chronic mild to moderate sinusitis. The previous doctor made me much worse with severe constant pain, vertigo and infection. I came to doctor Welch who after scoping me, he immediately did diagnostic testing. Before I left I knew the infection was in my bone. I knew I'd be having another surgery soon. He performed this 3rd surgery, and it's 6mths out and it has been trouble free. I highly recommend him. Competent and friendly.
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Debbi S. – Dec 16, 2018
Thanks, Debbie! Enjoy the new nose :). I...Read More
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All I can say is this doctor cares. Ive had been in this hospitals cate for 30 yrs; 9 visits including emergencies. He is bar none. Staff is receptive to questions in person and by phone. Use of technology for feedback in a well measured way. I wish Dr Welch could be my primary doctor.
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Chicago, IL – Nov 07, 2018
Thank you -- I think I know who you are....Read More
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Dr Welch was spot on with his assessment of my situation. I would highly recommend him. My breathing improved like he said it would if I continued with my medication and if not he had a plan B in line. Thank you Dr Welch. It was a very trying time not being able to breathe. Fantastic doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Anthony in IL – Jun 09, 2018
Thanks, Anthony. I hope everything turns out well...Read More
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Dr. Welch was very clear in his explanations of the procedure and made sure that I had all of my questions answered.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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May 19, 2018
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Dr. Welch & staff were very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. The doctor did an outstanding job with my wreck of a nose, for which I’m thankful!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Mark Newton in St. Charles, IL – May 12, 2018
Thank you, Mark. We'll keep working to improve...Read More
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I am 7 years free of cancer thanks to Dr. Welch!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Apr 30, 2018
Thank you for trusting me. I hope to be there...Read More
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I went to see Dr. Welch and his team because I had been experiencing chronic headaches linked to a sinus infection. The headaches had persisted and I wanted to rule out any potential sinus issues. Dr. Welch was both knowledgable and helpful. However, the Fellow that I worked with did not make it clear that performing a Nasal Endoscopy was not part of the office visit from an insurance perspective. At no point did I feel like I was aware that my insurance would be billed a surgical code.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Apr 17, 2018
Hi there. I'm sorry my Fellow did not inform you...Read More
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Excellent experience - top to bottom. You'd think the service from a small office with friendly staff would be more personal. Quite the opposite at Northwestern. Dr. Welch and his staff were exceptional.
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Richard – Mar 04, 2018
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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 young to just accept the fact @ 35 years old that I will never be able to taste my food again without knowing the WHY. Is it me or does this doctor lack empathy? Walk a mile in my shoes.
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3 people found this helpful
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Feb 16, 2018
This patient did see me for loss of taste. I do...Read More
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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.
What went well
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No results
4 people found this helpful
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Gjuro Petras in Oak Brook Illinois – Dec 30, 2017
Thank you, Mr. Petras! I am happy things have...Read More
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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 also very patient to explain things to me and answer all my questions. I'd just post on my facebook to recommend him to others!!! ;:) Thank you, Dr. Welch and team..
What went well
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4 people found this helpful
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Chicago, IL – Dec 15, 2017
Thanks so much for the feedback. A septoplasty...Read More
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Dr Welch was most thorough, explained details about my situation very well, including next steps.
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John D in Pittsburgh, PA – Dec 15, 2017
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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.
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Wayne Schachtel in Highland Park, IL – Nov 19, 2017
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I had heard from friends who work at Northwestern and Loyola that Dr. Welch is exceptional - extremely smart, a very capable surgeon, and very caring for his patients. I thus chose him to do my sinus surgery and was very pleased. He was definitely very caring and I feel really great thanks to the surgery. Thanks Dr. Welch!
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5 people found this helpful
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Chicago, IL – Jun 21, 2017
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I think anyone who has a problem with their sinuses should see Dr. Welch. He and Elisabeth are a fantastic team. They are comprehensive and I feel like nothing is overlooked when I see them. Dr. Welch performed sinus surgery on me last year and I haven't had an infection since surgery!!! It's so great to be healthy again. I would recommend him to anyone who has sinus problems!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Stacey in Chicago, IL – Jan 06, 2017
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I have been Dr. Welch's patient for about 3 years. When he left Loyola, I left with him. He salvaged my sinuses back then and they continue to feel so much better than ever before. He came highly recommended and I highly recommend him. GC
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George in Chicago, IL – Dec 15, 2016
George, always happy to see you. Keep doing those...Read More
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No malpractice claims found for Illinois
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Welch's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Chronic Sinusitis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Welch treats Chronic Sinusitis more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Welch treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Sinusitis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Welch treats Sinusitis more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Welch treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Nosebleed
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Welch treats Nosebleed more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Welch treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Welch's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anosmia
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Audiometry
  • Bone Cancer
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Complex Skull Base Surgery
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Cough
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • ENT Cancer
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
  • Excision of Facial Bone
  • Facial Fracture
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hearing Screening
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Home Sleep Study
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Loss of Taste
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
  • Middle Ear Implant Candidacy Evaluation
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Orbital Fracture
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Polyps
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Rhinoseptoplasty
  • Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Scan
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Ultrasound, Thyroid
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp

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Dr. Welch accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna Better Health
Aetna Choice (Aetna HealthFund) POS II
Aetna HMO
Aetna Savings Plus of AZ
Aetna Student Health
Aexcel Choice POS
Aexcel Choice POS II
Aexcel Elect Choice (Open Access) EPO
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Limited Benefits Insurance Plan PPO
Open Access Aetna Select
Open Access Aetna Select (Aetna HealthFund)
Open Access Elect Choice
Premier Care Network
Select
Traditional Choice
Value Performance Network
Voluntary Group Medical Plan
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Beech Street (Multiplan)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Advantage PPO
Blue Card PPO
Blue Choice PPO
Blue HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Choice Fund
Choice Fund Open Access Plus
Cigna EPO
Cigna Healthcare of Illinois HMO
Cigna HMO
Cigna POS
Cigna PPO
Global Health Benefits
Network POS
Open Access
Shared Administration
Cofinity
Coventry Health Care
Coventry Health Care of Illinois
Coventry Health Care of Illinois HMO
Coventry Health Care of Illinois POS
Coventry Health Care of Illinois PPO
Health and Life PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Galaxy Health Network
HAP Insurance
Health Alliance PPO
Health Alliance
HealthLink
HealthLink HMO
HealthLink PPO
HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
Interplan Health Group
HFN
HFN EPO
HFN PPO
Humana
Choice
Choice Care
Choice Care POS
Choice Care PPO
Commercial EPO
EPO PPO Open Access
HCPS Open Access Coverage EPO
HMO Premier HMO
Humana EPO
National POS
National POS – Open Access POS
National Preferred PPO
Imagine Health
MultiPlan
UnitedHealthCare
Choice
Choice Plus
Choice Plus PPO
Options
Select Plus Gold PPO
Select Plus HMO
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

About Me

Care Philosophy

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...Read more

Biography

I am board certified in Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery and fellowship-trained in rhinology, sinus surgery and anterior skull base surgery. I...Read more

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Rhinology
  • Sinus Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Kevin Welch, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (312) 574-3157, and for other questions, call (312) 695-8182.

Does Dr. Kevin Welch, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Welch has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Kevin Welch, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Kevin Welch, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Welch frequently treats Chronic Sinusitis, Sinusitis, and Nosebleed. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Welch treats.

Where is Dr. Kevin Welch, MD's office located?

Dr. Welch's office is located at 675 N Saint Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Welch is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Chicago, IL

81% Patient Experience Rating, 12% higher than the national average

16 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Loyola University Medical Center

Maywood, IL

70% Patient Experience Rating, 1% higher than the national average

1 Award Received