Michael J. Welch, M.D.

Michael J. Welch, M.D., a board-certified specialist in allergy and immunology, is co-director
of the Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center in San Diego, and Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Welch received his M.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976.  He completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics as well as his fellowship in Allergy/Immunology, also at the same institution (UCLA).  Additionally, Dr. Welch conducted one year of postgraduate clinical immunology research fellowship at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California.  He is board-certified in both allergy-immunology and pediatrics by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, and the American Board of Pediatrics.

An active author, editor and lecturer, Dr. Welch has published a large body of work in a number of journals, including Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Chest, Pediatric Annals, Journal of Asthma and Pediatric Asthma, and Allergy and Immunology.  His main clinical research interest is in the area of pharmacotherapeutics for allergic disease, with his research center having conducted over 650 clinical trials evaluating numerous forms of therapy for respiratory allergy and asthma during the last 31 years.  He has lectured extensively throughout the country, as well as locally, to both physicians and lay people, with over 300 presentations at meetings, conventions, workshops, colleges, grand rounds, and dinners.  He is editor-in-chief of two books for the lay public entitled Guide To Your Child’s Allergies and Asthma and Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know.

Serving as co-director of the Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center, Dr. Welch has been meeting the clinical needs of children and adults with allergic and immunologic diseases since 1982. His clinical peers have selected him as “Top Doctor of San Diego” for 9 of the last 10 years, with only 20 other doctors in San Diego having received this award for so many years in a row..

Dr. Welch has held leadership positions and memberships in numerous national, state and local professional organizations and associations in the field of asthma, allergy and immunology. He is recent past-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Section on Allergy and Immunology of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Welch is past-president of the California Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the San Diego Allergy Society. He has a strong interest in asthma camps for children, nationally and locally, and recently held the position of Chair of the National Consortium on Children’s Asthma Camps. Currently, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).   He also is a member of the San Diego Allergy Society, the California Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the California Medical Association and the American Lung Association (ALA).

Dr. Welch has been active as volunteer and teacher in the San Diego community since coming to San Diego in the 1980’s.. He is past chair-elect of the board of the San Diego and Imperial County Chapter of the ALA, and is Medical Director of the Southern California Asthma Camp Program sponsored by ALA, serving as Medical Director for over 25 years. He was awarded Physician Citizen of the Year by the San Diego County Medical Society in 1999 for his volunteer contributions to the community.  As a teacher and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, he is involved in the medical training of primary care residents and fellows-in-training in allergy-immunology from the University of California San Diego, as well as the teaching of allergy-immunology fellows from Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, California. The residents and fellows rotate through his office on a year-round basis.  He is a past recipient of the CME Teacher of the Year Award presented by Children’s Hospital San Diego.

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  • Co-Director, Allergy & Asthma Medical Group and Research Center
  • Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology, University of California, San Diego
  • Certified Physician Investigator, Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators


  • American Lung Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties: 1995- Annual Leadership Award, 1999- Volunteer Excellence Award Nominee, 2001- Honorary Life Member Award, 2004- Volunteer Excellence Award
  • Children's Hospital San Diego: 1997- CME Physician Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to CME
  • Combined Health Agencies, San Diego: 1998- Health Hero of San Diego
  • San Diego Medical Society: 1999- Physician Citizen of the Year
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: 2001- Special Recognition Award
  • San Diego Top Doctors, Allergy & Immunology, San Diego Magazine: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Blue Cross Community Service Award 2006
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, Arizona State University, College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation: 2008 - Certificate of Appreciation
  • Mariel C. Furlong Award for Making a Difference - Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), 2011
  • Clean Air Circle Honoree – American Lung Association, 2011