Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle SurgeryMaleAge 68

Dr. Merkel

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health

400 N Pepper Ave Colton, CA 92324

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(909) 557-1600

Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD is a Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery Specialist in Colton, CA and has over 41 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Loma Linda University medical school in 1980. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Merkel to book an appointment.

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Dr. Merkel is affiliated with Redlands Community Hospital Redlands, a highly rated and top awarded hospital for orthopedic surgery.

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Experience and Background Checks

Experience
Background

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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Merkel's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Tibia and Fibula Fractures
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Merkel treats Tibia and Fibula Fractures more than 83% of his peers

Dr. Merkel treats this condition more than 83% of his peers

Ankle Fracture
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Merkel treats Ankle Fracture more than 72% of his peers

Dr. Merkel treats this condition more than 72% of his peers

Femur Fracture
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Merkel treats Femur Fracture more than 66% of his peers

Dr. Merkel treats this condition more than 66% of his peers

Dr. Merkel's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hammer Toe Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures

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Dr. Merkel accepts the following insurance:

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Anthem
$0 Cost Share AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual Via Exchange)-CA HMO
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Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze 60 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
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Bronze 60 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
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Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
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EPO-CA
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Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
Minimum Coverage-CA HMO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
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Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum 90 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
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Platinum 90 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
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Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Priority Select-CA HMO
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Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
Select-CA HMO
Select-CA PPO
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Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver 70 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 70 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 70 Off Exchange (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Silver 73 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 87 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 94 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
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Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
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Dr. Merkel's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Merkel

3.2

Based on 26 ratings

5 Stars
46.15384615384615%
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Star
42.30769230769231%
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Very knowledgeable Doctor. He explained and answered all of my questions. Wish he wasn’t retiring.
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Great doctor.
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Dr. Merkel is an excellent physician and a great human being. He really cares for his patients.
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Wonderful doctor, a teacher at heart, always makes sure to answer questions, never makes you feel rushed, excellent outcomes. Thank you!
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Mary Belle Van Der Noord in San Bernardino, CA – Jun 26, 2017
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What a rude nasty guy ..he doesn't want to help worst experience with a doctor I ever had .
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Erik in South El Monte, CA – May 08, 2017
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I waited 4 months to get an appointment with this doctor and his staff treated me very rudely and acted like I was inconveniencing them. The doctor spent less than 5 minutes with me. The 2nd visit was just as bad. He was abrupt and didnt explain much. I switched doctors.
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jules in Anaheim, CA – May 29, 2016
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I am the serious klutz of my family. I have broke my left ankle and Dr Merkle took care of me with that issue. Then while out of town I fell at a park and broke my tibia and crushed my ankle and dislocated it with breaking three bones. I didn't walk for over a year. He was the kindest gentlest man I have ever met. I hate crutches and I would at times put weight down on my foot and he snuck up behind me and told me..Caught ya! He is a great doctor. I recommend he to anyone.
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Teresa Harris in Yucaipa, CA – May 26, 2016
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Went to see Dr. Merkel about my ankle problem and was extremely pleased with his professionalism, his care and concern. He explained everything in plain english. He is the only ankle specialist there so it takes a while to get an appointment. The wait was the quickest I have ever experienced. I would recommend Dr. Merkel to anyone that has foot and/or ankle problems.
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About Me

Biography

Dr. Merkel graduated with his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University. He completed his residency at White Memorial Medical Center, Martin Luther King Medical...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

White Memorial Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1990
San Bernardino County Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1989
Los Angeles County-King Drew Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1981
White Memorial Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1980
Loma Linda University
Medical School
1976
Walla Walla College
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Memberships & Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Merkel frequently treats Tibia and Fibula Fractures, Ankle Fracture, and Femur Fracture. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Merkel treats.

Where is Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD's office located?

Dr. Merkel's office is located at 400 N Pepper Ave, Colton, CA 92324. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD speak?

Dr. Merkel speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Practice

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health400 N Pepper Ave Colton, CA 92324
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Merkel is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Colton, CA

65% Patient Experience Rating, 4% lower than the national average

Loma Linda University Medical Center

Loma Linda, CA

76% Patient Experience Rating, 7% higher than the national average

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Pomona, CA

68% Patient Experience Rating, 1% lower than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)

Redlands Community Hospital

Redlands, CA

76% Patient Experience Rating, 7% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2020)

San Antonio Regional Hospital

Upland, CA

71% Patient Experience Rating, 2% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

St. Bernardine Medical Center

San Bernardino, CA

70% Patient Experience Rating, 1% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received