Dr. Douglas E. Merkel, MD

Dr. Douglas E. Merkel, MD

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Oncology | Male | 58 years old

NorthShore Medical Group
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Dr. Merkel specializes in Oncology and practices in Evanston, IL. He practices at 3 locations.

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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Merkel to family and friends
4.4
based on 13 total surveys (4 with reviews)
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Experience with Dr. Merkel
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  • How well provider explains medical condition(s)
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  • How well provider listens and answers questions
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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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Dr. Merkel's Office & Staff
  • Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
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  • Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
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  • Staff friendliness and courteousness
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  • Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
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in Downers Grove, IL |
I am an OB-Gyn nurse practitioner who is dealing with a local recurrence of breast cancer. As someone who has been educated and worked in Ivy League east coast medical centers as a healthcare provider I can tell you Dr. Merkel is an expert in every aspect of current treatment. He is brilliant, accessible and compassionate. When my recent biopsy came back with a recurrence he called me as soon as he got the result. I know in my heart he wants me to get better.
There are not enough words to express the confidence that I have in Dr. Merkel. He and his Higland Park staff were absolute angels as I was going through treatment. Dr Merkel listens, provides honest feedback / answers and has a way of relaying information, that is not always easy to hear as a patient, in a calming manner. I have absolute faith and trust in his experience and expertise. I can't imagine having gone through this with any other Doctor.
in Chicago, IL |
This Doctor has the worst communication skills. He has no Empathy! If you want to LIVE do not go to this Doctor. He does not keep up with the latest and greatest in medicine and treatments.
Rockford, IL |
As a BC survivor I appreciate Dr. Merkel's calm manner and dry sense of humor. Nothing ever phased him as I struggled with treatment effects, and that helped calm me. He answers each and ever question no matter how basic. I wants his patients to understand his treatment methods which are evidence based,but he isn't opposed to complimentary medicine so long as it doesn't interfere with the chosen treatment regime. 6 years later, I know his approach works, and best of all, I survived! Thanks!!
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Specialties

  • Oncology
  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

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  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
  • Oncology

Conditions Treated

  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • All Lymphoma
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Burkitt's Lymphoma
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neutropenia
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Oral Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Polycythemia Rubra Vera
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skin Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Thymomas
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vulvar Cancer

Procedures Performed

  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Cardiac MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of Heart or Chest
  • Thoracentesis

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for Illinois.

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  • 0
    Sanctions

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

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  • 0
    Board Actions

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

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Education

  • Medical School
    Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1981

  • Internship Hospital
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical School
  • Residency Hospital
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical School
  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Tex Health Science Center

    Completed in 1988

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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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 Oncology
  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Oncology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Merkel's Office & Staff

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Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
Staff friendliness and courteousness
Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
10 – 15 minutes

Experience with Dr. Merkel

Level of trust in provider's decisions
How well provider explains medical condition(s)
How well provider listens and answers questions
Spends appropriate amount of time with patients