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

When Screening is Bad for a Women’s Health Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2015 »

Why managing your health means less medicine, not more Minnesota Public Radio, April 1, 2015 »

Why the Best Doctors Often Do Nothing The Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2015 »

Avoid the Doctor—For Your Health Science Friday, National Public Radio, March 6, 2015 »

Why News About Thyroid Cancer Screening Doesn’t Apply To Breast Cancer Forbes, November 30, 2014 »

An Epidemic of Thyroid Cancer? NY Times, November 5, 2014 »

Emotion Is Not the Best Medicine, Ebola Case Further Shows NY Times, November 3, 2014 »

The Biggest Misconceptions People Have About the Medical Profession Wall Street Journal, August 11, 2014 »

How Doctors Might Make You Sick The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2014 »

The Problem With Free Health Care New York Times Op-Ed, April 30, 2014 »

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