Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery •  Male • Age 66

  26 Reviews
Dr. Merkel

Arrowhead Orthopaedics

8805 Haven Ave Ste 200 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

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(909) 912-1750

Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD is an orthopedic foot & ankle surgery specialist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from Loma Linda University in 1980 and specializes in orthopedic foot & ankle surgery and orthopedic surgery.

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  • Practices at top hospital America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award™ See hospitals
  • Practices at top hospital Patient Safety Excellence Award™ See hospitals

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Dr. Merkel accepts the following insurance:

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Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California
Cigna
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CoreSource
Delta Health System
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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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
Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Merkel performs Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Merkel performs this procedure more than 96% of his peers

Ankle Sprains and Strains
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Merkel treats Ankle Sprains and Strains more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Merkel treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Merkel treats Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Merkel treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprain

Dr. Merkel's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Disorders
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Heel Spur
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Dr. Merkel's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Merkel

3.2

Based on 26 reviews

5 Stars
46.15384615384615%
(12)
4 Stars
7.6923076923076925%
(2)
3 Stars
3.8461538461538463%
(1)
2 Stars
0%
(0)
1 Star
42.30769230769231%
(11)

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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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What a rude nasty guy ..he doesn't want to help worst experience with a doctor I ever had .
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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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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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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 Center, (which included training at the Kerlan-Job Orthopaedic Clinic), Loma Linda Universit...

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1990
San Bernardino County Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1989
Los Angeles County-King Drew Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1982
White Memorial Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1981
White Memorial Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1980
Loma Linda University
Medical School
1976
Walla Walla College
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

Memberships & Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Locations

Arrowhead Orthopaedics

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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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79% Patient experience rating, 10% higher than the national average

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2020)

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

  • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2018)

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

70% Patient experience rating, 1% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2017)

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average