Dr. Kevin Welch, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat •  Male • Age 47

  
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Dr. Kevin Welch, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Chicago, IL and has over 18 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
River North Surgery Center1 E Erie St Ste 300 Chicago, IL 60611
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Northwestern Medical Group

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Northwestern Medical Group675 N Saint Clair St Ste 15-200 Chicago, IL 60611
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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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Excellent medical and surgical options. Comprehensive. Surprisingly, pretty much right on time when i saw him.
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Jan 15, 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
I saw this pt for nearly 3 years-7 visits, 23...Read More
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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
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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
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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.
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Anthony in IL – Jun 09, 2018
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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.
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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!
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Mark Newton in St. Charles, IL – May 12, 2018
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I am 7 years free of cancer thanks to Dr. Welch!
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Apr 30, 2018
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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.
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Apr 17, 2018
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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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Feb 16, 2018
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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.
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Gjuro Petras in Oak Brook Illinois – Dec 30, 2017
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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..
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Chicago, IL – Dec 15, 2017
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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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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!
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Stacey in Chicago, IL – Jan 06, 2017
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Dr. Welch accepts the following insurance:

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Cigna HMO
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Background Check

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

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Chronic Sinusitis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Welch treats Chronic Sinusitis more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Welch treats this condition more than 93% of his peers

Sinusitis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Welch treats Sinusitis more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Welch treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Welch performs Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery) more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Welch performs this procedure more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Welch's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Adenoidectomy
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Nose
  • Caldwell-Luc Procedure
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Common Cold
  • Complex Skull Base Surgery
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Corticobasal Degeneration
  • Cough
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dizziness
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • ENT Cancer
  • ENT Surgery
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Facial Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nosebleed
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Pharyngitis
  • Polyps
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sinusitis
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sore Throat
  • Sphenoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Wound Repair

About Me

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...

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

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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Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Chicago, IL

81% Patient experience rating, 12% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)

Loyola University Medical Center

Maywood, IL

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average