Dr. Michael Merz, MD

Dr. Michael Merz, MD

Orthopedic Hip Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 35
Dr. Michael Merz, MD is an orthopedic hip surgery specialist in Durham, NC and has been practicing for 2 years. He graduated from Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio in 2009 and specializes in orthopedic hip surgery, sports medicine orthopedic joint reconstruction, and more.Read his story

120 William Penn Plz

Durham, NC 27704

Contact Information

(919) 220-5255

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Tricare
  • 2 More

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Merz performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
more than 67% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip
more than 66% of peers
Hip Replacement
more than 66% of peers

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Dr. Merz's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Merz "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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by 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."

16  Specialties

  • 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

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Merz does not have any board certifications listed.

22  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Bone Disorders
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Flexor Strain
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Muscle Strain
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Socket Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Perthe's Disease

47  Procedures

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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

Dr. Merz has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Merz's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Merz to family and friends
4 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (4)

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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

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

After seeing several physicians, I met Dr. Michael Merz. I found him to be very professional, but his kindness and empathy came through. I’m a registered nurse, but did not reveal my education to him when I saw him for a consultation. Normally, I would have seen a Duke or UNC orthopedic surgeon....more
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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!!
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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...more
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