Columbus, OH – The chief medical officer for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has earned a distinction recognizing him as one of the nation’s most accomplished and influential physician leaders.
Terrence B. Welsh, MD, learned on Aug. 10 that he had earned the prestigious Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification from The American Association for Physician Leadership. The designation indicates a physician has achieved superior levels of professional excellence and management education while also demonstrating effective health care industry knowledge and leadership skills.
“This is part of a life-long learning process for me,” said Welsh, who joined BWC in August 2017 after serving in leadership roles in the private sector and for the Ohio Industrial Commission. “Hopefully this makes me better at my job so I can better serve my team, this organization and the injured workers and employers in our system.”
Welsh, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, said he spent roughly three years taking more than 200 hours of courses on health care leadership, system governance, physician engagement and related topics to earn the CPE credential. He said the knowledge and skills he learned through the experience will bolster BWC’s efforts to “create an environment for high quality, efficient health care delivery in this state.”
The American Association for Physician Leadership is the nation’s largest organization solely focused on leadership education and management training for physicians.
“Dr. Welsh epitomizes the best of BWC and what we’re trying to accomplish here,” said John Annarino, BWC’s chief medical and health officer. “He’s always pushing himself to learn more and be the best he can be for this state and the employers and injured workers we serve.”
Welsh oversees all medical components of BWC and directs medical policy. He served as chief of medical affairs for Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster prior to joining the agency. He also served from 2007 to 2014 as medical adviser to the Industrial Commission, which hears appeals of BWC and self-insured employer decisions.
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. He lives in Lancaster.
Source: Ohio BWC