Justin Merkow, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (2012)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI) (2003)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Chief Resident, Anesthesiology (2018)
Fellowships:
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Pain Medicine (2019)
Department: Anesthesiology

Recognition & Awards

  • "Katie Wood Award" for outstanding anesthesia resident, University of Colorado Department of Anesthesia (2017)
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, University of Colorado Department of Anesthesia (2016)
  • "The Owens-Swan Award" for outstanding promise in surgery, University of Colorado Department of Surgery (2013)

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2019)
    School of Medicine, Anesthesiology
    My clinical areas of interests include treatment of back pain, neck pain, radicular pain, neuropathy, spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, minimally invasive pain procedures for neurogenic claudication, peripheral nerve stimulation, complex regional pain syndrome, joint pain, cancer pain, opioid minimization

Publications

  • Henson JV, Varhabhatla NC, Bebic Z, Kaye AD, Yong RJ, Urman RD, Merkow JS. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review. Pain Ther. 2021 Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34244979
  • Merkow J, Varhabhatla N, Manchikanti L, Kaye AD, Urman RD, Yong RJ. Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression and Interspinous Process Device for the Management of Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: a Literature Review. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2020 Feb 18;24(4):13. PubMed PMID: 32072362
  • Boyaji S, Merkow J, Elman RNM, Kaye AD, Yong RJ, Urman RD. The Role of Cannabidiol (CBD) in Chronic Pain Management: An Assessment of Current Evidence. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2020 Jan 24;24(2):4. PubMed PMID: 31980957
  • Merkow J, Varhabhatla N, Manchikanti L, Kaye AD, Urman RD, Yong RJ. Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression and Interspinous Process Device for the Management of Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: a Literature Review. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2020 Feb 18;24(4):13. PubMed PMID: 32072362
  • Boyaji S, Merkow J, Elman RNM, Kaye AD, Yong RJ, Urman RD. The Role of Cannabidiol (CBD) in Chronic Pain Management: An Assessment of Current Evidence. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2020 Jan 24;24(2):4. PubMed PMID: 31980957
  • Chapman BC, Merkow J, Paniccia A, Overbey DM, Gipson M, Stiegmann G, Vogel JD. Efficacy of fibrin glue therapy for abscess-associated enteric fistulas. Tech Coloproctol. 2016 Sep;20(9):641-6. PubMed PMID: 27522598
  • Chapman BC, Gleisner A, Kwak JJ, Hosokawa P, Paniccia A, Merkow JS, Koo PJ, Gajdos C, Pearlman NW, McCarter MD, Kounalakis N. SPECT/CT Improves Detection of Metastatic Sentinel Lymph Nodes in Patients with Head and Neck Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Aug;23(8):2652-7. PubMed PMID: 26983744
  • Merkow J, Paniccia A, Jones E, Jones T, Hodges M, Stovall R, Kounalakis N, Gajdos C, Lewis K, Robinson W, Gonzalez R, Pearlman N, McCarter M. Association of sentinel lymph node diameter with melanoma metastasis. Am J Surg. 2016 Aug;212(2):315-20. PubMed PMID: 26827186
  • Khurana S, Nobel TB, Merkow JS, Walsh M, Egol KA. Total Hip Arthroplasty for Posttraumatic Osteoarthritis of the Hip Fares Worse Than THA for Primary Osteoarthritis. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2015 Jul;44(7):321-5. PubMed PMID: 26161760
  • Paniccia A, Merkow J, Edil BH, Zhu Y. Immunotherapy for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma: an overview of clinical trials. Chin J Cancer Res. 2015 Aug;27(4):376-91. PubMed PMID: 26361407
  • Merkow J, Paniccia A, Edil BH. Laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy: a descriptive and comparative review. Chin J Cancer Res. 2015 Aug;27(4):368-75. PubMed PMID: 26361406
  • Jones EL, Jones TS, Paniccia A, Merkow JS, Wells DM, Pearlman NW, McCarter MD. Smaller pelvic volume is associated with postoperative infection after pelvic salvage surgery for recurrent malignancy. Am J Surg. 2014 Dec;208(6):1016-22; discussion 1021-2. PubMed PMID: 25316510
  • Merkow RP, Bilimoria KY, Chow WB, Merkow JS, Weyant MJ, Ko CY, Bentrem DJ. Variation in lymph node examination after esophagectomy for cancer in the United States. Arch Surg. 2012 Jun;147(6):505-11. PubMed PMID: 22351873
  • Willie BM, Yang X, Kelly NH, Merkow J, Gagne S, Ware R, Wright TM, Bostrom MP. Osseointegration into a novel titanium foam implant in the distal femur of a rabbit. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2010 Feb;92(2):479-88. PubMed PMID: 20024964
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Practice Locations

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

UCHealth Pain Management Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-1970

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Anesthesiology, Board Certification
  • Pain Medicine, Board Certification
Conditions & Treatments
  • Spine - Cervical disc herniation
  • Spine
  • Spine - Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Spine - Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spine - Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spine - Myelopathy
  • Spine - Lumbar disc herniation
  • Spine - Radiculopathy
  • Spine - Sacroiliac Joint
  • Spine - Sciatica
  • Spine - Slipped Disc
  • Spine - Spondylolysis
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Back Pain
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Arthritis
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Knee Injuries and Disorders
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Hip Injuries and Disorders
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Foot and Ankle Injuries and Disorders
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Shoulder Injuries and Disorders

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (2012)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI) (2003)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Chief Resident, Anesthesiology (2018)
Fellowships:
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Pain Medicine (2019)
Department: Anesthesiology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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