• 2740 Citations
20062021
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Research Interests

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

Education/Academic qualification

MS, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

… → 2012

MD, University of Colorado

… → 2007

Keywords

  • 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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Grants 2013 2021

Research Output 2006 2019

Assessment of hospital-level adjusted breast cancer sentinel lymph node positivity rates

Berger, E. R., Bilimoria, K. Y., Kinnier, C. V., Minami, C. A., Bethke, K. P., Hansen, N. M., Merkow, R. P., Winchester, D. P. & Yang, A. D., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Surgical Oncology. 119, 1, p. 101-108 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
Breast Neoplasms
Survival
Sentinel Lymph Node
Process Assessment (Health Care)

Risk factors for post-pancreaticoduodenectomy delayed gastric emptying in the absence of pancreatic fistula or intra-abdominal infection

Ellis, R. J., Gupta, A. R., Hewitt, D. B., Merkow, R. P., Cohen, M. E., Ko, C. Y., Bilimoria, K. Y., Bentrem, D. J. & Yang, A. D., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Surgical Oncology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intraabdominal Infections
Pancreatic Fistula
Pancreaticoduodenectomy
Gastric Emptying
Odds Ratio

Defining the Content for a Quality and Safety in Surgery Curriculum Using a Nominal Group Technique

Kelz, R. R., Sellers, M. M., Merkow, R. P., Aggarwal, R. & Ko, C. Y., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Surgical Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Curriculum
surgery
resident
Safety
curriculum
2 Citations (Scopus)

Does Second Reader Opinion Affect Patient Management in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma?

Corrias, G., Huicochea Castellanos, S., Merkow, R., Langan, R., Balachandran, V., Ragucci, M., Carollo, G., Mancini, M., Saba, L. & Mannelli, L., Jul 1 2018, In : Academic Radiology. 25, 7, p. 825-832 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Adenocarcinoma
Referral and Consultation
Neoplasm Staging
Surgeons
Research Ethics Committees

Evaluating the Impact of the Venous Thromboembolism Outcome Measure on the PSI 90 Composite Quality Metric

Blay, E., Huang, R., Chung, J. W., Yang, A. D., DeLancey, J. O., Merkow, R. P., Barnard, C. & Bilimoria, K. Y., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Venous Thromboembolism
Patient Safety
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals