Dr. Maxwell Merkow, MD

Dr. Maxwell Merkow, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Dr. Maxwell Merkow, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Walnut Creek, CA and has been practicing for 3 years. He graduated from Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians and Surgeons in 2008 and specializes in neurosurgery, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, and more.Read his story

130 La Casa Via Bldg 3

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Contact Information

(925) 309-5155

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  • Blue Shield of California
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  • Medicare
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Dr. Merkow's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Merkow "I am a board-eligible neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of cranial and spinal conditions. After receiving my medical degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, I completed a seven-year residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. As a postdoctoral research fellow at Penn I studied the brain rhythms that underpin human memory and the effect on memory of direct brain stimulation. This research has appeared in the journals Science and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among others. I also completed a clinical fellowship at Wellington Public Hospital in New Zealand, where I focused on skull base and endoscopic surgeries. "

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Merkow "I believe in educating patients in order to help them make well-informed decisions. Above all, I aim to maximize function and minimize recovery time so that patients get back to their active lives as quickly as possible."

9  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Movement Disorders Surgery
  • Neurological Skull Base Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Trauma Surgery
  • Neurovascular Surgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Merkow does not have any board certifications listed.

57  Conditions Treated

  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Compression Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Dystonia
  • Essential Tremor
  • Fracture
  • Gland Cancer
  • Glioma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Malignant Glioma
  • Meningiomas
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Metastatic Tumors (Brain)
  • Movement Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Cancer
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurogenic Claudication (NC)
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Malformations of the Brain
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Vertebral Fracture
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26  Procedures

  • Arthroscopic Spine Surgery
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Disc Replacement
  • Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial

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.


  • University Of Wisconsin / Madison
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2003
  • Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians and Surgeons
    Medical School | Graduated 2008
  • Univeristy Pennsylvania
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2010
  • Wellington Hospital, New Zealand
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2015
  • University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2016

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Very knowledgeable and thorough. Malignant tumor removed and ready to go home the next day was unbelievable
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Dr. Merkow is not only a very skilled neurosurgeon, he is very patient and kind. His approach involves the patient and the family. Answers questions throughly. I would recommend him highly if you are looking for a neurosurgeon.
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Dr. Merkow is a gifted neurosurgeon. He recently performed Lumbar 4/5 spinal fusion surgery on me. He implanted 3 plates, 8 screws, 2 rods, a disc spacer and a ground cadaver bone implant in my spine. My surgery lasted 7 hours. I’m giving him a 3 star rating because after I woke up from the...Read More
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Dr. Merkow was absolutely amazing! He was extremely patient and kind, and carefully explained everything until we had all of our questions answered, In the end we decided to go ahead with the surgery option and to have him do it. We were not sorry -- a fellow neurologist even came in afterward and...Read More
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I am a physician and I appreciate Dr. Merkow's thoughtful, kind approach. When you find a surgeon who does not jump to grabbing the scalpel, that says a great deal. He is exceptionally well-trained.
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