H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Community & Family Medicine, The Dartmouth Institute
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Professor of Business Administration (adjunct), Tuck School of Business
Professor of Public Policy (adjunct), Dartmouth College
- MPH, University of Washington, 1990
- MD, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, 1982
- BA, Harvard University, 1976
Curriculum VitaeH. Gilbert Welch CV
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Welch is a general internist whose research focuses on the problems created by medicine's efforts to detect disease early: physicians test too often, treat too aggressively and tell too many people that they are sick. Most of his work has focused on overdiagnosis in cancer screening: in particular, screening for melanoma, cervical, breast and prostate cancer. He is the author of the books, Should I be Tested for Cancer? Maybe Not and Here's Why" (UC Press 2004) and more recently, "Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health" (Beacon Press 2011) and "Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care" (Beacon Press 2015).
BMJ, 2009;339: b1425 Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment After the Introduction of Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening: 1986 – 2005
JNCI, August 2009;101: 1325-29 The Natural History of Invasive Breast Cancers Detected by Screening Mammography
Arch Intern Med, 2008;168: 2311-16 The sea of uncertainty surrounding ductal carcinoma in situ--the price of screening mammography.
J Natl Cancer Inst, 2008;100: 228-9 The increasing incidence of thyroid cancer in the United States, 1973-2002.
JAMA, 2006;295: 2164-7 Skin biopsy rates and incidence of melanoma: population based ecological study.
BMJ, 2005;331: 481-4 Prostate-specific antigen levels in the United States: implications of various definitions for abnormal.
J Natl Cancer Inst, 2005;97: 1132-7
In the MediaThe Problem With Free Health Care New York Times Op-Ed, April 30, 2014
Don’t Slam Canada for Mammogram Study CNN, February 19, 2014
Debating the Value and Effectiveness of Mammograms PBS New Hour, February 12, 2014
Vast Study Casts Doubts on Value of Mammograms New York Times, February 11, 2014
Study Questions Value of Mammography to Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths Boston Globe, February 12, 2014
Breast Cancer Screenings: What We Still Don’t Know New York Times Op-Ed, December 29, 2013
Where You Stand Depends on Where You Sit The Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2013
Diagnosis: Insufficient Outrage New York Times Op-Ed, July 4, 2013
What Angelina Jolie Forgot to Mention CNN Opinion Piece, May 17, 2013
Breast Practices: The Mammogram Dilemma Los Angeles Times Op-ed, February 21, 2013