Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD

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Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery | Male

Arrowhead Orthopaedics 8805 Haven Ave Ste 200 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 Get Directions
Dr. Cliff Merkel, MD
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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Dr. Merkel's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    GOOD
  • Time well spent
    GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    FAIR
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in San Bernardino, CA |
Wonderful doctor, a teacher at heart, always makes sure to answer questions, never makes you feel rushed, excellent outcomes. Thank you!
in South El Monte, CA |
What a rude nasty guy ..he doesn't want to help worst experience with a doctor I ever had .
in Anaheim, CA |
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.
in Yucaipa, CA |
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.
in Yucaipa, CA |
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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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.

Dr. Merkel's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • 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)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hammer Toe
  • 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
  • Osteopenia
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures

Education

  • Medical School
    Loma Linda University

    Graduated in 1980

  • Internship Hospital
    White Memorial Medical Center

    Completed in 1982

  • Residency Hospital
    Los Angeles County-King Drew Medical Center

    Completed in 1989

    White Memorial Medical Center

    Completed in 1981

  • Fellowship Hospital
    San Bernardino County Medical Center

    Completed in 1990

  • Undergraduate School
    Walla Walla College

    Graduated in 1976

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Steroid Injection