Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD

Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 65
Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD is an orthopedic foot & ankle surgery specialist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and has been practicing for 28 years. He graduated from Loma Linda University in 1980 and specializes in orthopedic foot & ankle surgery and orthopedic surgery.Read his story

8805 Haven Ave Ste 200

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Delta Health System
  • 5 More

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Top Care Areas

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Tibia and Fibula Fractures
very high
more than 91% of peers
Plantar Fasciitis
very high
more than 91% of peers
Achilles Tendinitis
more than 90% of peers

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Dr. Merkel's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Merkel "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 University, Shriner's Hospital for the Crippled Children and Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center. After completing a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center he joined Arrowhead Orthopaedics. Dr. Merkel continues to be involved in the treatment of trauma patients in addition to his usual orthopaedic practice. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the residency program at Loma Linda University and also practices at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Areas of specialty include management of limb deformities, problem fractures, foot and ankle injuries and osteoporosis treatment and prevention. Dr. Merkel spent many of his formative years living in South America, where his parents worked as missionaries, it was there that he learned to speak fluent Spanish. He and his wife Janice have 4 children, and live in Redlands. His interests include, spending time with his children, camping trips to the local desert and Mexico to drive his sand rail, ATV riding, scuba diving, and computers."
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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

40  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Bone Disorders
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hammer Toe
  • Heel Spur
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteopenia
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
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15  Procedures

  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • 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
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


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

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Merkel has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Merkel's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Merkel to family and friends
23 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (23)

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Dr. Merkel's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Patient Comments (5)

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...more
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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...more
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