Elizabeth Welch, MD

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Dr. Welch is employed by Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists, the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. She is the Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory within the Division of Cardiology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Welch was a trauma nurse prior to going to Medical school. She did her Pediatric training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and stayed as a four-year chief. Dr. Welch did her Cardiology fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital followed by a Neonatal fellowship. She also has an MBA from the University of Miami.

Dr. Welch’s clinical interests are morphology and 3D imaging. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Neonatology and Cardiology. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

The Heart Institute LogoThe Heart Institute at Nicklaus Children’s, a world leader in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery for the care of children with congenital heart disease, serves as a beacon to families confronting the reality of a child or newborn with a heart defect. The Heart Institute offers the most innovative and least invasive approaches to  the treatment of congenital heart disease, including many first-in-the-world procedures that were pioneered right here by The Heart Institute’s own internationally renowned cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.



  • Al-mousily, M, Dykes, J. Khan, D, Duarte, D, Abuchaibe, EC, Welch, E
  • Incidence of Brain and Renal Abnormalities in Newborn with Congenital Heart Disease: a Single Center Experience.  Heart Circulation, September 2017 1:015.
  • Sachdeva, R, Kelleman, MS, McCracken, CE, Ca,pbell, RM, Lai Wyma WL, Lopez L, Stern K, Welch EM, Douglas PS.  Physician Attitudes Towards the First Pediatric Appropriate Use Criteria and Engagement with Educational Intervention to Improve Appropriateness of Outpatient Echocardiography.  Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, 2017.
  • Dykes J, Al-mousily M, Abuchaibe EC, Silva J, Zadinsky J, Duarte D, Welch E.
  • The Incidence of chromosome abnormalities in neonates with structural heart disease. Heart 2016, published on-line Feb 2016.
  • Sachdeva R, Allen J, Benavidez OJ, Campbell RM, Douglas PS, Eidem BW, Gold L, Kelleman MS, Lopez L, McCracken CE, Stern K WD, Weiner RB, Welch EM,
  • Lai WW.  Pediatric Appropriate Use Criteria Implementation Project. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2015; 66:1132-40
  • Abuchaibe, EC, Dobrolet N, Peicher K, Ventura R, Welch EM.
  • Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm Rupture: An Unusual Presentation of Chromosome 22q11.2 Delection: A Case Report. Case Reports in Pediatrics Volume 2012.
  • Dobrolet NC, Nieves JA, Welch EM, Rossi AF, Burke RP, Zahn EM.  New approach to interstage care for palliated high-risk patients with congenital heart disease.  Journal Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery 2011: 142:855-860
  • Welch EM, Hannan RL, DeCampli WM, Ross AF, Fishberger SB, Zabinsky JA, Eng M, Burker RP.  Urgent Permanent Pacemaker Implantation in Critically Ill Preterm Infants. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2010, 274-6
  • Fishberger SB. Whalen, R Zahn E, Welch EM,Rossi AF.  Radiofrequency ablation of pediatric AV nodal reentrant tachycardia during the ice age: a single center experience in the cryoablation era. Pacing & Clinical Electrophysiology. January 2010;33(1):6-10
  • Fishberger SB, Hannan RL, Welch EM, Rossi AF.  Amiodarone for pediatric resuscitation:  a word of caution.  Pediatric Cardiology  2009;30:1006-1008
  • Roach CL, Husain N, Zabinsky J, Welch EM, Garg R.  Moderate Sedation for Echocardiography of Preschoolers.  Pediatric Cardiology. December 2009.
  • Fishberger SB, Whalen R, Zahn EM, Welch EM, Rossi AF.  Radiofrequency ablation of Pediatric AV nodal reentrant tachycardia during the ice age:  a single center experience in the cryoablation era.  Pacing Clinical Electrophysiology  2009 (Epub).
  • Lopez L, Ventura R, Rat T, Welch EM, Garg R.  Echocardiographic evaluation of double outlet right ventricles.  Pediatric Ultrasound Today 2007; 12:1-28
  • Lopez L, Pelczar C, Ventura R, Welch EM: Echocardiographic Evaluation of Systemic Venous Anomalies.  Pediatric Ultrasound Today. Number 10, Volume 9, 2004.
  • Lopez L, Nykanen DG, Welch EM, Zahn E: Echocardiographic considerations during deployment of the Helex Septal Occluder for closure of atrial septal defects. Cardiology Young 2003; 13: 290-298
  • Welch EM, Fleming LE, Peyser I, Greenfield W. Steele BW. Bandstra ES. Rapid cocaine screening of urine in a newborn nursery. Journal of Pediatrics. 123(3): 468-70, 1993
  • Welch EM, Suguihara C, Duara S, Bandstra E, Ferrer P, Bancalari E: Comparison of Cardiac Output with noninvasive Doppler echocardiography by thermodilution and Fick methods in newborn piglets.  Biology of the Neonate. 66(2-3): 137-45, 1994.
  • Welch, EM Zabaleta I, Fojaco R, Perryman R:  Aneurysm of the Right Ventricle Outflow Tract: a Complication of Aorta - Main Pulmonary (Central) Shunt.  Pediatric Cardiology. 12(4):229-232,1991 October
  • Welch, EM Gelband H:  Hyperglycemic Acidosis with Mortality in Kearns-Sayre Syndrome. American Journal of Diseases of Children. 143(10):1135-6,1989, October

Accepted for Publication:

  • Heart Journal 2015- The Incidence of Chromosome Abnormalities in Neonates   with Structural Heart Disease admitted to a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit: A Single Center Experience.

Dzelebdzic, S., Sasaki, N., Welch, E., et al (2022). Hypereosinophilic Syndrome with Advanced-Stage Loeffler Endocarditis. CASE (Phila.), 6(4), 191-195. View in Pubmed

Al-Mousily, M.F., Lopez, L., ..., Welch, E. (2021). Aortic size in children: Systolic measurements are different from diastolic measurements. Annals of Pediatric Cardiology, 14(2), 165-169. View in Pubmed

Gill, K., Sasaki, J., ..., Welch, E. (2021). Chromosomal microarray detects genetic risks of neurodevelopmental disorders in newborns with congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the young, 31(8), 1275-1282. View in Pubmed

Parikh, P. , Muniz, J.C., ..., Welch, E.. et al (2019). Rare Occurrence of Absent Pulmonary Valve Syndrome in the Setting of Double-Outlet Right Ventricle With Unbalanced Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect . International journal of cardiology, 3(2), 56-59. View in Pubmed

Phelps, H.M., Kelleman, M.S., McCracken, C.E., Benavidez, O.J., Campbell, R.M., Douglas, P.S., ..., Welch. E., et al (2017). Application of pediatric appropriate use criteria for initial outpatient evaluation of syncope. Echocardiography, 34(3), 441-443. View in Pubmed

Sachdeva, R., Douglas, P.S., Kelleman, M.S., McCracken, C.E., Lopez, L., Stern, K.W.D., ..., Welch, E., et al (2017). Educational intervention for improving the appropriateness of transthoracic echocardiograms ordered by pediatric cardiologists. Congenital Heart Disease, 12(3), 373-381. View in Pubmed

Nguyen, T., Fundora, M.P., Welch, E., Douglas, P.S., Eidem, B.W., Campbell, R.M., ..., et al (2017). Application of the Pediatric Appropriate Use Criteria for Chest Pain. Journal of Pediatrics, 185(), 124-128. View in Pubmed

Sachdeva, R., Kelleman, M.S., McCracken, C.E., Campbell, R.M., Lai, W.W., Lopez, L., ..., Welch, E., et al (2017). Physician Attitudes toward the First Pediatric Appropriate Use Criteria and Engagement With Educational Intervention to Improve the Appropriateness of Outpatient Echocardiography. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, 30(9), 926-931. View in Pubmed

Fundora, M.P., Aregullin, E.O., Wernovsky, G., Welch, E.M., Muniz, J.C., Sasaki, N., et al (2016). Echocardiographic and Surgical Correlation of Coronary Artery Patterns in Transposition of the Great Arteries. Congenital Heart Disease, 11(6), 570-577. View in Pubmed

Sachdeva, R., Douglas, P.S., Kelleman, M.S., McCracken, C.E., Lopez, L., ..., Welch, E., et al (2016). Effect of Release of the First Pediatric Appropriate Use Criteria on Transthoracic Echocardiogram Ordering Practice. American Journal of Cardiology, 118(10), 1545-1551. View in Pubmed

Abuchaibe, E.C., Dobrolet, N., Peicher, K., Ventura, R., Welch, E. (2012). Sinus of valsalva aneurysm rupture: an unusual presentation of chromosome 22q11.2 deletion: a case report. Case Reports in Pediatrics, View in Pubmed

Dobrolet, N.C., Nieves, J.A., Welch, E.M., Khan, D., Rossi, A.F., Burke, R.P., Zahn, E.M. (2011). New approach to interstage care for palliated high-risk patients with congenital heart disease. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 142(4), 855-860. View in Pubmed

Welch, E.M., Hannan, R.L., DeCampli, W.M., Rossi, A F., Fishberger, S.B., Zabinsky, J. A., Burke, R.P. (2010). Urgent permanent pacemaker implantation in critically ill preterm infants. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 90(1), 274-276. View in Pubmed

Fishberger, S.B., Whalen, R., Zahn, E.M., Welch, E.M., Rossi, A.F. (2010). Radiofrequency ablation of pediatric AV nodal reentrant tachycardia during the ice age: a single center experience in the cryoablation era. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, 33(1), 6-10. View in Pubmed

Roach, C.L., Husain, N., Zabinsky, J., Welch, E., Garg, R. (2010). Moderate sedation for echocardiography of preschoolers. Pediatric Cardiology, 31(4), 469-473. View in Pubmed

Fishberger, S.B., Hannan, R.L., Welch, E.M., Rossi, A.F. (2009). Amiodarone for pediatric resuscitation: a word of caution. Pediatric Cardiology, 30(7), 1006-1008. View in Pubmed

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Fellowship - Jackson Memorial Hospital
Fellowship - Jackson Memorial Hospital
Residency - SUNY/King's County Hospital
Medical School - Univ.Central del Este, Dom.Republic

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics (Ped Cardiology) - Certified