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For immediate release: Aug. 11, 2017

Welsh appointed BWC's chief medical officer

Former Industrial Commission advisor starts job Aug. 14.


COLUMBUS - The former chief medical advisor for the Ohio Industrial Commission will join the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) as its chief medical officer on Monday.

Terrence B. Welsh, MD, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, brings extensive experience with the workers' compensation system to his role, where he will oversee all medical components of the agency and direct medical policy.

"We had many outstanding candidates, but Dr. Welsh's experience is exactly what our medical division and BWC need to continue the progressive initiatives we have underway," said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. "His guidance will be valuable in developing medical policies that support the best outcomes for Ohio's injured workers."

Dr. Welsh served from 2007 to 2014 as medical advisor to the Industrial Commission, which hears appeals of BWC and self-insured employer decisions. He is also a past member of BWC's Health Care Quality Assurance Advisory Committee. He most recently served as chief of medical affairs for Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster.

"I have great respect for what BWC has accomplished in care for injured workers and employers over the past several years," said Welsh. "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on this team and join BWC's efforts in creating an exceptional experience for our customers in the most efficient manner possible. This includes providing the highest quality care possible to our injured workers so we can get them back to work and back to their lives again."

Dr. Welsh completed his medical training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the William Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Michigan.

A photo of Dr. Welsh can be found here.

Dr. Welsh replaces Stephen T. Woods, MD, who left BWC June 30 to work in his private practice full time.

Media Contacts:

Melissa Vince, 614-466-2956 or 614-202-2329, melissa.vince@bwc.state.oh.us

Tony Gottschlich, 614-644-4940 or 614-296-1734, anthony.gottschlich@bwc.state.oh.us

Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation provides workers' compensation insurance to 244,000 public and private Ohio employers. With nearly 1,900 employees and assets of approximately $27 billion, BWC is the largest state-run insurance system in the United States. Our mission is to protect Ohio's workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses at fair rates. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.

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