SARANAC LAKE - David G. Welch, MD, of Lake Placid, was elected to a two-year term as treasurer of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the organization's annual assembly on Nov. 19.
"I am honored to serve as Treasurer and look forward to giving back to the Academy, which has done so much for me throughout my professional career," Dr. Welch said. "I am proud to say that even after a career of over 35 years I enjoy my work and especially the people I am privileged to work with."
Dr. Welch has been a member of the AAPMR for more than 35 years and for the past two years has served as a member at large on the board of directors. As treasurer he will continue his role on the board of directors and now also on the executive committee. He will be responsible for overseeing the finances of the Academy which will have a budget in excess of $10 million in 2012.
Dr. Welch practiced in Glens Falls from 1975-2005 and then relocated his practice to Saranac Lake where he is part of Adirondack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He has been a member of the medical staff of Adirondack Health since 2005, and is also the chair of the Trudeau Health System. Dr. Welch is a part-time employee of the State of New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and is the medical director of the Hamilton County Public Health Service and medical director at Clifton Fine Hospital in Star Lake.
The Academy is the largest professional organization for physicians in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation and has more than 8,000 members nationwide.
Members, also known as physiatrists work with people of all ages who have problems of mobility, pain, and difficulty dealing with activities of daily living regardless of the cause. Working with a rehabilitation team approach, the goal of Physiatry is to allow people with acute and chronic disabilities to function at their highest vocational, recreational, and social level.
In his free time, he and his wife, Mary, enjoy outdoor sports, especially bicycling and hiking. This past summer they completed a 1,500-mile bicycle ride between San Diego, Calif. and Mt. Rainier, Wash., in part as a fundraiser for the Foundation for PMR that supports rehabilitation research.
He and Mary were also honored for their fundraising effort at the annual meeting of the PMR Foundation.