Department of Surgery
Ryan Merkow is a board-certified surgical oncologist whose clinical practice focuses on treating complex gastrointestinal cancers, including metastatic cancers that have spread to the liver. His research focuses primarily on surgical outcomes, quality improvement, and patient safety.
He has held leadership roles in several national health care organizations and professional societies. He has published extensively in many high-impact journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, BMJ (British Medical Journal) Quality & Safety, Annals of Surgery, and Annals of Surgical Oncology.
Merkow received a BS in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MD from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He also earned an MS in health services and outcomes research from the Center for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He was previously a clinical scholar in residence and is currently a faculty scholar at the American College of Surgeons. He completed a surgical residency at the University of Chicago and a complex general surgery oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.