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).
J Natl Cancer Inst, 2005;97: 1132-7 Presumed benefit: lessons from the American experience with marrow transplantation for breast cancer.
BMJ, 2002;324: 1088-92 Informed choice in cancer screening.
JAMA, 2001;285: 2776-78 Are increasing 5-year survival rates evidence of success against cancer?
JAMA, 2000;283: 2975-78 Questions about the value of early interventions.
New Engl J Med, 1996;334: 1472-73 The impact of diagnostic testing on therapeutic interventions.
JAMA, 1996;275: 1189-91 Advances in diagnostic imaging and overestimations of disease prevalence and the benefits of therapy.
New Engl J Med, 1993;328: 1237-43
In the MediaWhere 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
Should All Women Over 40 Get Annual Mammograms? The Wall Street Journal, February 18, 2013
Cancer Survivor or Victim of Overdiagnosis? NY Times Op-Ed, November 21, 2012
Testing What We Think We Know NY Times Op-Ed, August 20, 2012
Healthcare: The Testing Glut L.A. Times Op-Ed, May 2, 2012
If You Feel O.K., Maybe You Are O.K. N.Y. Times Op-Ed, February 27, 2012
A Doctor’s Vision for Medicare LA Times Op-Ed, October 16, 2011