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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 Boulder

… → 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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    A comprehensive national survey on thoughts of leaving residency, alternative career paths, and reasons for staying in general surgery training

    Ellis, R. J., Holmstrom, A. L., Hewitt, D. B., Engelhardt, K. E., Yang, A. D., Merkow, R. P., Bilimoria, K. Y. & Hu, Y. Y., Feb 2020, In : American journal of surgery. 219, 2, p. 227-232 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Adequate Lymphadenectomy as a Quality Measure in Esophageal Cancer: Is there an Association with Treatment Approach?

    Schlick, C. J. R., Khorfan, R., Odell, D. D., Merkow, R. P. & Bentrem, D. J., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Annals of surgical oncology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations
  • Association of preoperative biliary drainage technique with postoperative outcomes among patients with resectable hepatobiliary malignancy

    Hu, Q. L., Liu, J. B., Ellis, R. J., Liu, J. Y., Yang, A. D., D'Angelica, M. I., Ko, C. Y. & Merkow, R. P., Feb 2020, In : HPB. 22, 2, p. 249-257 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A Textbook Answer to the Debate About Medicare’s Prospective Payment System Exemption?

    Brajcich, B. C. & Merkow, R. P., Jun 1 2020, In : Annals of surgical oncology. 27, 6, p. 1730-1732 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access