MPH, University of Washington, 1990; MD, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, 1982; BA, Harvard University (Economics), 1976
Medical screening, early disease detection, clinical epidemiology
Dr. Gilbert 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, thyroid, breast, and prostate cancer. He teaches “Introduction to the Science of Inference: Basic Skills & Disturbing Truths” in the Tuck/TDI Masters of Health Care Delivery Science program for health care executives.