Bradley R. Merk, MD

Bradley R. Merk, MD

4.9 
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Primary Specialty

Orthopaedic Surgery

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Practice Focus Areas

  • Fractures
  • Fractures, Complex
  • Fractures, Non-union
  • Musculoskeletal Trauma
  • Pelvic and Hip Fractures
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Traumatic Deformity

Education

Medical Education:
MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine - 1994
Residency:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1999
Fellowships:
Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell Medical Center - 2000

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Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery (Certified)

Faculty Profile

Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medical Group
Alignment Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
On Medical Staff At:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

915 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 30, 2022

5.0

His kind and caring he explained the treatment

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March 30, 2022

5.0

Thoroughly analyzed my X-ray, explained the X-ray, answered my questions.

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March 26, 2022

5.0

Excellent and smart To the point

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March 24, 2022

5.0

Competence & professionalism

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March 23, 2022

5.0

People are always looking for positive reviews & Dr. Merk would get a +10 from me.

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March 22, 2022

5.0

Caring, answer any questions and concerns.

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March 22, 2022

5.0

Su profesionalismo no tiene límites

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March 22, 2022

5.0

My husband and I greatly appreciate Dr. Merk’s expertise and care.

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March 21, 2022

5.0

Fantastic doctor whose team went out of their way to fit me in for an early surgery.

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March 19, 2022

5.0

Dr. Merk takes as much time as needed to explain tests and x-rays and answer my questions each visit. He genuinely cares about my well-being and recovery.

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March 19, 2022

5.0

Sensible. Courteous.

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March 19, 2022

5.0

Dr Merk made sure I was ok with what was going on with my knee

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March 15, 2022

5.0

Fixed my ankle.

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March 15, 2022

5.0

Outstanding! A top doc. Great responsiveness and thorough explanations. He inspires confidence with his expertise. I know he will fix my problem.

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March 15, 2022

5.0

Very knowledgeable doctor

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March 15, 2022

5.0

Dr. Merk explains & encourages you to ask questions.

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March 15, 2022

5.0

Answers questions, patient, definitely understands his patients

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March 12, 2022

5.0

he is excellent

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March 09, 2022

5.0

Good team Quality care Responsiveness

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March 09, 2022

5.0

Great results for a 76 year old.

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March 08, 2022

5.0

He did a great job fixing my broken femur! Very minimally invasive. Very good at explaining everything prior to surgery and throughout the progression of my recovery. I’m so glad Dr Merk did my surgery.

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March 08, 2022

5.0

He's knowledgeable & personable.

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March 08, 2022

4.0

He was knowledgeable and approachable.

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March 08, 2022

5.0

Professional and courteous. Serious physician who explained things in terms we could understand.

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March 08, 2022

5.0

Pleasant demeanor … Professional…

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February 26, 2022

5.0

Dr Merk is a professional gentleman, patient and attentive to one's needs.

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February 26, 2022

5.0

Dr. Merk addressed my needs and cared for me in the most competent caring manner

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February 26, 2022

5.0

He saved my shoulder from being replaced. The CSCAN to a nonmedical person like myself, or anyone understanding structures, could see the shoulder break was bad. But Dr. Merk found a way, and I will be forever grateful he did.

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February 24, 2022

5.0

Open to questions and caring

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February 24, 2022

5.0

each person with whom I was in contact made me feel comfortable and confident I would receive good care.

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February 22, 2022

5.0

He is straightforward, kind, and is an expert in trauma and healing.

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February 19, 2022

5.0

Very helpful and empathic.

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February 19, 2022

5.0

I have complete confidence in him.

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February 17, 2022

5.0

I went to Dr. Merk for a second opinion, and I couldn’t have made a better decision. He listened to my concerns, answered all of my questions and spent more time with me than most doctors. The only negative was the lengthy wait from when the PA left until he came in.

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Kind, concerned, reassuring, knowledgeable

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Very knowledgeable was patient answered questions and clearly outlined expectations and tasks for me to focus on

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Careful and listening, good advice

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February 07, 2022

5.0

I didn’t have a fracture after all and my symptoms were much better by the time I saw him, but he was kind and professional.

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February 05, 2022

5.0

competent, compassionate, takes time to answer all questions

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February 01, 2022

5.0

Good listener. Strong desire to understand, THEN to be understood.

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February 01, 2022

5.0

I would feel confident in recommending Dr. Merk to family & friends for his caring mannerisms.

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January 29, 2022

5.0

He a great doctor, and knows how to resolve a problem.

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January 22, 2022

5.0

He is very attentive and an excellent surgeon.

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January 15, 2022

5.0

Because he is a great surgeon and he very nice person

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January 15, 2022

5.0

He did a great job on my leg!

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January 11, 2022

5.0

He gets right to the point. Clear and knowledgeable.

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January 08, 2022

5.0

Have been a patient for injuries on two occasions, one requiring surgery. Was very pleased with the outcome.

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January 08, 2022

5.0

Great dedicated surgeon. Guides his patients through their entire recovery.

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January 07, 2022

5.0

He did a great job with my knee surgery.. very pleasant person ..ease to understand

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January 04, 2022

5.0

Patty and Dr Merk are excellent

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January 04, 2022

5.0

Excellent surgeon who was also very good at responding to any questions and concerns I had

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December 26, 2021

5.0

This is my second time under the care of Dr Merk for a broken bone. The first was after an awful accident that required surgery. His bedside manner is terrific and even more importantly, he is a very gifted orthopedic surgeon. I always appreciate how he and his staff explain, making use of X-ray images, what is going on. Once again, high marks for this good doctor.

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December 26, 2021

5.0

Takes time to answer all questions.

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December 25, 2021

5.0

He took good care of me.

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December 21, 2021

5.0

I would recommend Dr. Merk without hesitation. He explained as well as listened to my questions.

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December 21, 2021

5.0

good quality care, explains medical issues well, good at answering my questions

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December 18, 2021

5.0

He is a very skilled surgeon and very personable

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December 16, 2021

5.0

Very personable. Provides explanations and answers questions.

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December 15, 2021

5.0

The successful outcome of his diagnosis and plan for treating my elbow fracture without surgery, which my local had recommended, was right on the mark.

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December 14, 2021

5.0

Dr Merk spent enough time explaining the progress and healing process going on with my knee injury. And, several times he asked if I had any question. He told me I can always ask a question using MyChart.

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December 14, 2021

5.0

Great ortho doctor. I'm very pleased with the repair to my ankle. My recovery is going well.

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December 13, 2021

5.0

straight forward

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December 11, 2021

5.0

He is veery caring and professional.

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Dr. Merk is very professional & has a wonderful doctor/patient rapport. He takes time to explain all medical issues, but also allows enough time to answer all questions & concerns.

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Complete confidence in my care and treatment.

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December 04, 2021

4.0

I feel him and his associates are well trained and knowledgeable.

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December 04, 2021

5.0

Straight shooters

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December 01, 2021

5.0

Excellent physician Provides explanations Prompt

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December 01, 2021

5.0

He is knowledgeable, willing to answer questions, and in my personal experience performed a surgery that repaired my fracture very successfully.

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November 30, 2021

5.0

great follow up care

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November 30, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable and kind doctor

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November 30, 2021

5.0

Very professional. Takes time to explain things and how to proceed.

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November 30, 2021

5.0

Very through and his explanations were easy to understand.

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November 22, 2021

5.0

My scar is healing nicely, he’s calm and to the point but also listens, he’s treated a number of my friends as well with all positive feedback.

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November 17, 2021

5.0

Best doctor in his field

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November 17, 2021

5.0

He takes time and explains what is happening and why. He reviews your xrays and that is helpful.He is easy to talk to and ask questions, Patrica Rose is very good too.

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November 16, 2021

5.0

Professional, caring and listens.

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November 16, 2021

5.0

Easy to talk to and explain treatment in lay terms..

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November 16, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable, experienced. Willing to frame answers to patient in mode of the medical profession occasionally not knowing definitive research based answers to medical questions.

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November 14, 2021

5.0

Very skilled informative and professional

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November 14, 2021

5.0

Highly qualified and thorough

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November 13, 2021

5.0

I feel very confident & comfortable with Dr. Merk. In fact I have total faith in him to perform my surgery.

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November 13, 2021

5.0

He explained everything perfectly

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November 13, 2021

5.0

Dr. Merk and staff are so thorough--and were able to see me immediately about my very painful heel. 3 exrays later they knew exactly what was wrong with my heel: plantar fasciitis, ; and gave me the tools to make it feel better: silicon pads for my shoes; appt. with the Northwestern therapist, Erich, who is excellent and is giving me the correct exercises to take the pressure off the my heel. Plus it was wonderful seeing Dr. Merk again; he put my broken ankle back together in 2016-17.

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November 13, 2021

5.0

He cares and helps

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November 09, 2021

5.0

goof explanation of my condition, doctor listened to my concerns and questions

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November 09, 2021

5.0

Feel I’m in very competent hands.

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November 09, 2021

5.0

All my Doc’s are at Northwestern.

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November 07, 2021

5.0

Simply and ECELLENT Doc!

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November 06, 2021

5.0

GREAT and friendly physician

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November 06, 2021

5.0

He was great!

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November 06, 2021

5.0

Is not in a hurry, asked for questions, takes time to explain.

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November 05, 2021

5.0

Brilliant, best care I’ve had

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November 03, 2021

5.0

Dr. Merk has always been good about explaining my progress and options.

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November 02, 2021

5.0

Dr. Merk was kind, attentive, and knowledgeable.

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November 01, 2021

5.0

Dr. Merk is always so detailed, and really takes his time to listen to my concerns and truly evaluate the condition and explained everything to me as we went along.

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October 30, 2021

5.0

My treatment has gone smoothly. He's been personable and professional. I think my surgery has been successful. I have no complaints.

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October 26, 2021

5.0

The feeling he is an excellent surgeon

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October 25, 2021

5.0

explains everything in detail especially where surgery is indicated and provides options with pros and cons. Explains x-rays, MRI, etc thoroughly allowing time for questions.. Tells it "like it is" which might not be what one wants to hear, but important to be up front!

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October 24, 2021

5.0

really great and treated me like a real person

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