Dr. Welsh’s main area of clinical work is in the areas of addiction and dual diagnosis. He works in various in- and out-patient settings, including methadone and buprenorphine maintenance. He also has an interest in the medical complications of addiction and is the medical director of the UMMC Substance Abuse Consultation Service, which is responsible for substance abuse assessment and intervention with patients throughout the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has also worked with the Baltimore City Department of Health on the needle-exchange and opioid overdose prevention projects.
Dr. Welsh also has an interest in impairment in health-care professionals and is the chairman of the UMMC Professional Assistance Committee, which provides assistance to the medical staff for a wide range of impairments. He works on local and national committees to help address issues around physician impairment.
Dr. Welsh also has an interest in medical education, with a focus on the education of students, residents and practicing physicians about addiction. He is also interested in the effect of television and film on the perception of addiction and the use of media in medical education. He is involved with several local and national committees and initiatives focusing on medical education about addiction.