Dr. Kevin Welch, MD

Dr. Kevin Welch, MD

Rhinology  |  
Male  |  
44 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Kevin Welch, MD is a rhinology doctor who practices in Chicago, IL. He is 44 years old and has been practicing for 15 years. 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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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 Disorders
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinus Tumor
  • Sinusitis
  • Skull Base Tumor


  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • 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 22 total reviews (13 with comments)
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...

Dr. Welch's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (13)
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.
Chicago, IL |
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!
Hi, there! I'm glad you had a great experience. Always pleased to hear that friends and former colleagues still send patients to me. Always grateful for that.
in Chicago, IL |
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!
Hi, Stacey. Thanks so much for the great review; I'm glad things are going well for you.
in Chicago, IL |
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
George, always happy to see you. Keep doing those irrigations!
Chicago, IL |
Came to Dr. Welch with the expectation of being heard out and thoroughly evaluated. Felt as though he was almost mocking me from the start. He didn't seem to want to actually listen to what I was telling him (had to keep correcting him about my symptoms numerous times), and he spoke to me in a concerningly condescending way. He offered virtually no helpful suggestions for alleviating my symptoms. I have never been treated that way by a doctor and wouldn't wish it on anybody else.
I'm sorry this was such a terrible experience for you. I spent a total of 45 min with this patient, including a very thorough history & evaluation. I kept asking the patient to repeat the symptoms, because the symptoms and the findings were not making sense. I reviewed scans. I performed a new scan. I performed endoscopy. This patient has mild sinusitis, but it was not the cause of the symptoms. Much of the encounter was spent trying to convey this. Patient has seen many doctors for this.
Oak Park, IL |
I have Sampter's Triad and have been battling sinus problems and polyps for most of my life. I've had 7 operations, 2 of them with Dr. Welch. It seems as though I was having surgery every year or two after I was diagnosed. I started seeing Dr. Welch at Loyola where he did my first surgery and did a revision about 6 years later, and that's the longest I've ever gone between surgeries! Dr. Welch has done a masterful job all around doing my surgeries and managing my medications.
in Chicago, IL |
I have been a patient of Dr. Welch from end of 2015 till mid 2016 for treatment of silent sinus syndrome. It was determined that endoscopic sinus surgery be done to alleviate the enophthalmos. As such, he performed the surgery as well as the several follow-up care visitations. Dr. Kevin Welch is an excellent medical practitioner. I was describe him as no nonsense, extremely precise in disposition and very experienced in his speciality. His care staff, notable, Elizabeth Stanton was great too.
Thanks for the positive review, David! Elizabeth and I are glad you are feeling better.
in Chicago, IL |
Reassuring and helpful
in Chicago IL |
Years of sinus probablems gone with a couple courses of antibiotics and a pretty routine surgery. I had a balloon surgery over a year ago with another doctor that left me with a $2000 bill and no results. Not this time. I noticed a difference right away. Very pleased.
Thanks for the review, Jim! I'm glad you are enjoying things again.
in Skokie, IL |
Effective care. After a couple courses of antibiotics and steroids, my sinus infections are gone now. He explained that this may be an ongoing problem for me, but so far my sinuses haven't returned. Will be sending my husband as well.
Thanks for the great review, Berrylin! Glad you are feeling better. Your husband is a trip!
in Chicago, IL |
I had surgery in 2015 to fix my sinus infections. Instead of fixing them the surgery made them worse. i got another opinion from Dr Welch who scoped me and pointed out a bunch of areas that were scarred up and was told there were even several sinuses that hadnt even been opened at all! Surgery wasn't exactly fun, but after a few weeks I noticed great improvements. Its been about 6 months now and my return visit showed that my sinuses were clear. I feel great and can even smell things again.
Thanks, Remy! Glad you are feeling better. Enjoy the smell and taste!
Chicago, IL |
Charged as new patient though I had been to this office before and was told I could see anyone when making my appointment. Spent very little time with me or addressing my concerns. Performed expensive test yet didn't provide me any relief of my symptoms.
This patient had not been seen in the practice for greater than 3yr; any patient not seen within 3yr is a "new" patient from a billing perspective. Patient signed a consent form for the "test," which was endoscopy. Patient even asked if I was going to perform "31231," which is the procedural code. Patient had ample time alone (while numbing up) to consider whether to have the scope. Was able to determine that patient did not have any condition I treat. Appropriate referrals were given.
in Chicago, IL |
Dr. Welch is completely unqualified regardless of his education. I would NEVER recommend him to anyone!
I wish I knew who left this comment because s/he is obviously upset. If you wrote this and would like to discuss your visit, please call 312-695-8182.
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Dr. Welch accepts 13 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Aetna POS
    Aetna PPO
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Advantage PPO
    Blue Choice
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna POS
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health Care PPO
  • HealthLink
  • HFN
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Humana HMO
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
  • Tricare
  • UniCare
    UniCare PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Hospitals where Dr. Welch has admitting privileges

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611
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