• 2821 Citations
20062023
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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

Complex General Surgical Oncology
General Surgery

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 2023

Research Output 2006 2019

Abrupt Discontinuation of the Codman Hepatic Artery Infusion Pump: Considerations in the Era of Precision Medicine

Ellis, R. J., Angelos, P., Jarnagin, W. R., Kemeny, N. E. & Merkow, R. P., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Infusion Pumps
Precision Medicine
Hepatic Artery

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)

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., May 1 2019, In : Journal of Surgical Education. 76, 3, p. 795-801 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Curriculum
surgery
resident
Safety
curriculum
1 Citation (Scopus)

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., Mar 1 2019, In : Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 45, 3, p. 148-155 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

Nonresectional regional therapies for metastatic colorectal cancer to the liver

Schlick, C. J. R., Merkow, R. P. & Bentrem, D. J., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Surgical Oncology.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Liver Neoplasms
Colorectal Neoplasms
Neoplasm Metastasis
Liver
Therapeutics