Emily Welker is from Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. After college, she worked for two years as an engineer at Terumo Heart. She went back to school to receive her medical degree at Michigan State University. She then completed 5 years of general surgery training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor and 1 year of breast surgical oncology fellowship training at the University of Southern California.