Dr. Michael Merz, MD

Orthopedic Hip Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 34
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Dr. Michael Merz, MD
Empathy and compassion were ingrained in Dr. Merz starting with his strong family upbringing in the Midwest. he went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude and as an Honor's Program graduate with distinction from Baylor University. His honors thesis was on the Medicare Modernization Act and public health insurance in the US. He went on to medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio. During his off time he volunteered in South Africa, Dominican Republic and India, and he was accepted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. After medical school he started an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago. During his final year of residency he was elected by his peers to be the Administrative Chief Resident. As a resident he published multiple research articles as well as contributing to book chapters primarily focused on knee and hip conditions. In addition to presenting his research at local and regional meetings, he also received the Asok Ray, MD research award and an award from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). After residency he went on to complete two fellowships. He was an Otto E. AuFranc fellow at New England Baptist Hospital receiving extensive training in hip and knee replacement. While there he had training in anterior, superior, and muscle sparring approaches to hip replacement, partial and total knee replacement as well as surgery utilizing computer navigation. He was also trained in revision hip and knee surgery. Dr. Merz's second fellowship was in Hip Preservation surgery. He was trained in treating congenital, pediatric, developmental, and adult hip disorders including sports injuries. He was extensively trained in Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO), Hip Arthroscopy, Surgical Hip Dislocation (SHD) and other osteotomies of the hip and pelvis. He then joined EmergeOrtho, formerly Triangle Orthopaedics, where he specializes in Hip Preservation and Hip and Knee Replacement surgery in addition to general orthopaedics. His extensive training and background have made him very passionate about hip and knee conditions. He sees patients in Durham and Chapel Hill and operates at North Carolina Specialty Hospital, Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center, Duke Regional Hospital, Granville Medical Center and Person Memorial Hospital.


120 William Penn Plz

Durham, NC 27704

Contact Information

(919) 220-5255

Dr. Michael Merz, MD

Dr. Michael Merz, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Tricare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Merz is a compassionate health care provider who focuses on excellent communication and education during your visit. In addition to general orthopaedics, he has a true passion for conditions of the hip and knee.  He uses a multimodal approach utilizing physicians of multiple different specialties in order to maximize your treatment including conservative and surgical treatments.
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Dr. Merz's Experience

Dr. Merz'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 Hip Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

Board Certifications

Dr. Merz does not have any board certifications listed.


Conditions Treated

  • Bone Disorders
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee


  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
  • Bi-Compartmental Knee Replacement
  • Computer-Assisted Total Hip Replacement
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hemi (Half) Hip Replacement
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Replacement, Cemented
  • Hip Replacement, Cementless
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Image-Guided Hip Replacement
  • Image-Guided Knee Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Mini Knee Surgery
  • Mini-Incision Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Pediatric Hip Surgery
  • Posterior Mini-Incision Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Simple Fracture Care and Casting
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Uni-Compartmental Knee Replacement
  • Unicompartmental Hip Surgery
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for North Carolina.

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.


  • Baylor University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2005
  • Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio
    Medical School | Graduated 2009
  • University Of Illinois At Chicago / College Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2010
  • University Of Illinois At Chicago / College Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2014
  • Children's Hospital Boston-Harvard Medical School
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2016
  • New England Baptist Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2015

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Merz has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Merz's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Merz to family and friends
based on 2 total reviews (2 with comments)
Dr. Merz's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
Dr. Merz is friendly and knowledgeable! He listens and answers all questions without making you feel stupid for asking them. His professionalism is above par, and for any hip issues you won't go wrong being his patient!!
in Raleigh, NC |
After being misdiagnosed four times by other doctors, I was finally sent to see Dr. Merz. He was able to pinpoint exactly what had been overlooked by other physicians on my first visit. His bedside manner is unparalleled. He took so much time explaining my x-rays and MRI results so that I completley understood what my problems were and discussed multiple approaches to fixing them. He listened to all of my concerns and was amazing with his aftercare. I would not hesitate to recommend him. :)
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Dr. Merz accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Tricare
  • Tufts Health Plan
    Tufts PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Merz has admitting privileges

Duke Regional Hospital
3643 N Roxboro St
Durham, NC 27704
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Granville Medical Center
1010 College St
Oxford, NC 27565
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North Carolina Specialty Hospital
3916 Ben Franklin Blvd
Durham, NC 27704
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Person Memorial Hospital
615 Ridge Rd
Roxboro, NC 27573
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