Dr. Stephen Merola, MD

Dr. Stephen Merola, MD

Bariatric Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
49 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Stephen Merola, MD is a bariatric surgery specialist in Flushing, NY and has been practicing for 17 years. He specializes in bariatric surgery, general surgery, and more.Read his story

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

5645 Main St # W-LL-300

Flushing, NY 11355
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Amida Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Elderplan
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Fidelis Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthFirst

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Top Care Areas

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Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
very high
more than 91% of peers
more than 83% of peers
Stomach Surgery
more than 67% of peers

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Dr. Merola's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Merola "Stephen Merola, M.D. Vice Chairman, Patient Safety & Quality Chief, Section of General, Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery Department of Surgery NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery Weill Cornell Medicine Stephen Merola, M.D., is chief of the section of General, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens as well as the vice chairman for patient safety and quality in the Department of Surgery. He is a board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery, as well as emergency and trauma surgery. Dr. Merola graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1991 with a B.A in biology. He earned his medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and went on to complete a five-year general surgery residency at NYU Medical Center, training at Tisch Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and the Manhattan VA Hospital. He then completed a one-year fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. His practice focuses on the use of laparoscopy in the performance of bariatric, foregut, colorectal, solid organ and hernia repairs. At NY-Presbyterian/Queens since 2002, Dr. Merola has assumed leadership and oversight responsibilities for many hospital areas related to quality, safety, and education. He directed the fellowship program in surgery and chaired the surgical peer review/quality assurance committee for over 10 years. Prior to coming to NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, Dr. Merola was an attending surgeon at North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and Saint Francis Hospital on Long Island. He was also previously a clinical instructor in surgery at the NYU School of Medicine. In addition to his active clinical practice, Dr. Merola has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, such as Obesity, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), Surgical Endoscopy, Robotic Surgeons Quarterly, and the Journal of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons (JSLS). He has also co-authored a chapter on "Laparoscopic Colectomy" in the Primer of Robotic & Telerobotic Surgery."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Merola "We are committed to delivering the best care and an exceptional patient experience. We are devoted to providing services that are patient-centered and compassionate, and care for you as a person. "

3  Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

28  Conditions Treated

41  Procedures

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

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.


  • Franklin and Marshall College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1991
  • Mount Sinai School Of Medicine Of New York University
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • Nyu Bellevue Med Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • NYU Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2001

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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I was fortunate enough to learn of Dr.Merola and had surgery with him in 2002. He is an amazing surgeon and an even more amazing human being. He is a very knowledge dr and takes his time with you. His bedside manner is like none I’ve ever seen. He is caring and always has your best interest and...Read More
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Hands of gold. Saved my life.
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Dr. Merola operated on me in 2008. He operated on my sister and my friend. There is not a day that passes that I regret having bi pass surgery. He is trustworthy and knows what he is doing.
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