Dr. Welk earned a medical degree from the University of Michigan. He trained in general surgery at Blodgett Medical Center and allied hospitals in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and completed plastic surgery residency at the University of California, Irvine.
American Board of Plastic Surgery (1990 - current)
American Board of Surgery (1987 - 1997)
Dr. Welk specializes in facial cosmetic surgery, cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, and liposuction and cosmetic surgery of the torso and extremities.
As a member of The Polyclinic Tumor Board, Dr. Welk participates in weekly meetings to discuss and determine best treatment plans for each newly diagnosed patient with breast cancer.
"Innovative methods, precise concepts, and much experience are applied to the evaluation of each new patient, seeking the most specific and appropriate solution for each patient's care. Planning for surgery includes a complete review of options and often a presentation of many prior similar cases we have performed, with a range of representative results. We believe that principles underlying your care should be understood and agreed to by you before we proceed with surgery. We strive to provide you with a safe and comfortable experience, concluding with the best attainable result."
We are currently contracted with Regence, Premera Blue Cross, Cigna, Aetna and First Choice Health for professional services specific to breast reconstruction, usually following prior cancer surgery, revision of prior reconstructions, or trauma. All patients seen for these procedures who have other insurers are billed no more than contracted rates established with Aetna, and may be reimbursed by their insurers for related expenses, depending on specific provisions of their plans. Facility and anesthesia expenses are under separate contracts with most insurers and are covered accordingly.
“Seattle Top Doctor” Award, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
“Seattle Top Doctor” Award, Seattle Magazine, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
President, Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2009-10
President, Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1994 - 1996
Summa Cum Laude - Joint LSA/Medicine Program, University of Michigan Honors College, 1981
Phi Beta Kappa, 1978
James B. Angell Scholar, 1975, 1976
University of Michigan Regents–Alumni Scholar, 1974
National Merit Scholar, 1973