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20062022

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Dr. Ryan Merkow is a board certified surgical oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His clinical practice focuses on complex upper gastrointestinal malignancies including pancreas, liver, biliary, gastric, small bowel, metastatic colorectal as well as peritoneal surface cancers. He is experienced in the application of regional therapeutic techniques, including hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and liver directed chemotherapy. Dr. Merkow uses advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques including robotic surgery when appropriate. In addition to his clinical practice, he is a health services researcher in the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) in the Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University with a focus on surgical outcomes, quality improvement and patient safety.

Certifications and Licenses

General Surgery
Complex General Surgical Oncology

Training Experience

2010Residency, University of Colorado School of Medicine
2013Postdoctoral Fellowship, American College of Surgeons
2015Residency, University of Chicago
2017Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Health Services and Outcomes Research, MS, Northwestern University

… → 2012

Medicine, MD, University of Colorado

… → 2007

Research interests

  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research
  • Liver Cancer
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Outcome Measures
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Patient Safety
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Quality Improvement
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Digestive Cancer (esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum)

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