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A pediatrics leader reflects on successes and ongoing challenges in child health care

Thomas Welch, MD

Tom Welch, MD (left), is retiring this year after 17 years at Upstate. He's the chair of the department of pediatrics at Upstate Medical University and the medical director of the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. He oversaw the creation of the children's hospital, which enabled Upstate to attract a variety of pediatric specialists. In this interview, Welch talks about national, regional and local challenges in child health care, as well as successes that have taken place during his 45-year career.