Dr. Maxwell Merkow, MD

Dr. Maxwell Merkow, MD

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Dr. Maxwell Merkow, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Walnut Creek, CA and has been practicing for 4 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

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
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Background Check

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. Merkow's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Traumatic Brain Injury
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Merkow treats Traumatic Brain Injury more than 65% of his peers

Dr. Merkow treats this condition more than 65% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Merkow treats Cervical Spine Myelopathy more than 32% of his peers

Dr. Merkow treats this condition more than 32% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Merkow treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 30% of his peers

Dr. Merkow treats this condition more than 30% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis

Dr. Merkow's conditions and procedures:

Aneurysm
Arthroscopic Spine Surgery
Bone Cancer
Bone Disorders
Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
Brain Aneurysm
Brain Cancer
Brain Disorders
Brain Surgery
Brain Tumor
Broken Neck
Cancer
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
Cerebral Hemorrhage
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
Cerebrovascular Disease
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Cervical Spine Surgery
Cervical Spondylolisthesis
Chiari Malformation Type 1
Complex Spine Surgery
Compression Fracture
Cranial Trauma
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
Deep Brain Stimulation
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Spine Disorders
Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Disc Replacement
Dystonia
Ear Disorders
Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
Epidural Hematoma
Epilepsy
Essential Tremor
Fracture
Gland Cancer
Glioma
Herniated Disc
Herniated Disc Surgery
Hydrocephalus
Image-Guided Spine Surgery
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
Low Back Pain
Lower Spine Surgery
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Lumbar Spine Surgery
Malignant Glioma
Meningiomas
Metastatic Cancer
Metastatic Tumors (Brain)
Microsurgical Spine Surgery
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Movement Disorders
Myelopathy
Nerve Cancer
Nerve Sheath Tumors
Neurogenic Claudication (NC)
Neuroplasty
Neurostimulation
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Parkinson's Disease
Pathological Spine Fracture
Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
Pituitary Tumor
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Scoliosis
Secondary Malignancies
Spinal Compression Fracture
Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
Spinal Cord Cancer
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Surgery
Spinal Cord Tumor
Spinal Discectomy
Spinal Fusion
Spinal Instability
Spinal Stenosis
Spinal Tumor Surgery
Spine Deformities
Spine Disorders
Spine Fracture Treatment
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Spine Surgery
Spondylolisthesis
Spondylosis
Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
Stroke
Subdural Hematoma
Subdural Hemorrhage
Thoracic Cancer
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Traumatic Brain Injury
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Vascular Disease
Vascular Malformations of the Brain
Vertebral Compression Fractures
Vertebral Fracture

About Me

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.

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Movement Disorders Surgery

Education

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

Dr. Merkow's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Merkow

4.9

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I needed spine surgery for my chronic worsening back pain and was very satisfied with Dr. Merkow's professionalism, taking the time to explain the procedure he recommended and follow up care. My experience at John Muir couldn't have been better. He uses a less invasive approach which I was very...Read More
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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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