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

H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH



(603) 653-0836


  • MPH, University of Washington, 1990
  • MD, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, 1982
  • BA, Harvard University,  1976

Primary Contact

Suzanne Burge
(603) 653-0824

Curriculum Vitae

H. Gilbert Welch CV


Medical Staff, White River Junction, VA, White River Junction, Vermont

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).

Published Research

In the Media

Debate Over The Benefits Of Routine Mammograms The Daine Rehm Show, December 12, 2012 »

Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast Cancer The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, November 25, 2012 »

Repeat testing common among Medicare patients Reuters, November 19, 2012 »

Money & Medicine, PBS, featuring faculty of The Dartmouth Institute Public Broadcasting System, September 24, 2012 »

When Doctors Order Too Many Tests Minnesota Public Radio, August 9, 2012 »

Rethinking Cancer Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2012 »

Hospitals Finding Patients On Google, Facebook Kaiser Health News, July 12, 2012 »

The Origins of The Dartmouth Atlas, Part 1, Vermont Beginnings YouTube, August 21, 2012 »

The Origins of The Dartmouth Atlas, Part 2, The Move to Maine August 21, 2012 »

The Origins of The Dartmouth Atlas, Part 3, Boston and New Haven August 21, 2012 »

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