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.
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Learn about Dr. Merz
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.
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
Orthopedic Fracture Care
Orthopedic Knee Surgery
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
Dr. Merz does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Dr. Merz's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Complications of Joint Prosthesis
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 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 Revision
Hip Replacement, Cemented
Hip Replacement, Cementless
Image-Guided Hip Replacement
Image-Guided Knee Replacement
Knee Cartilage Repair
Knee Replacement Revision
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
Total Hip Replacement
Total Knee Replacement
Uni-Compartmental Knee Replacement
Unicompartmental Hip Surgery
Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for North Carolina.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
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
Dr. Merz has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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