Dr. Christopher Welch

Christopher M. Welch, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


Dr. Welch was born and raised in Campobello, SC.  He obtained his undergraduate education at Clemson University in Biological Sciences and Chemistry and then enrolled in a medical scientist training program and received his PhD in Pharmacology and MD degrees at the University of North Carolina.  Welch continued his education at the University of North Carolina for training in otolaryngology.  During his training, he developed a deep interest in hearing rehabilitation and disease of the ear, which, along with encouragement of mentors, led him to pursue fellowship training at the University of Michigan.  Following his fellowship training, Welch joined the faculty in the University of Michigan Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  In his spare time he enjoys cycling, birding, and playing the violin.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Welch's research focuses on the basic mechanisms of cellular motility with a translational application to chronic otitis media. His current research seeks to better understand the mechanism responsible for cholesteatoma growth and to develop treatments for this disorder.

  • Hearing rehabilitation outcomes
  • Neurodiagnostic testing 
  • Development of novel imaging techniques
  • Cellular biology of chronic otitis media and cholesteatoma

Clinical Interests

Dr. Welch's areas of clinical interest focus on hearing and balance disorders affecting children and adults and the medical and surgical treatments for these disorders; including lateral skull base surgery, cochlear implantation and comprehensive management of imbalance and vertigo.

  • Acoustic neuroma / Vestibular Schwannoma
  • Superior semicircular canal dehiscence
  • Atresia
  • Adult and pediatric ear disorders
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Hearing loss and rehabilitation
  • Skull base surgery
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic ear disease
  • Vestibular disorders

Honors & Awards

  • Clemson National Scholar, 2000
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, 2002
  • Rhodes Scholarship National Finalist, 2004
  • Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Graduate Fellow Award in Basic Sciences, 2011
  • Honors, PhD Dissertation, 2011
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2011
  • Isaac Hall Manning Award for top graduating medical student


Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
Residency: University of North Carolina Hospitals, 2018
Fellowship: University of Michigan, 2020
Board Certification: Otolaryngology - American Board of Otolaryngology, 2019


Prior funding: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, F30 HL940202, Leukocyte

Transendothelial Migration: Coordination of Rho GTPase Signaling


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