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Scot H. Merrick, M.D.

Scot H. Merrick, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Helen and Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor in Surgery

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  • 1976-80, University of Washington School of Medicine, M.D.
  • 1980-81, University of California, San Francisco, Intern, Surgery
  • 1981-84, University of California, San Francisco, Resident, Surgery
  • 1984-85, University of California, San Francisco, Chief Resident, Surgery
  • 1985-87, University of California, San Francisco, Chief Resident, Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Scot H. Merrick, M.D. is Professor and Chief of the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Helen and Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor in Surgery. Dr. Merrick received his M.D. with Honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his General Surgery and Cardiothoracic residencies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His special interest is in surgery of the mitral valve and he is one of the leading experts in homograft mitral valve replacement and mitral valve repair.

Dr. Merrick is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Western Thoracic Surgical Society, Naffziger Surgical Society, San Francisco Surgical Society, Pacific Coast Surgical Association, Club Mitrale, Bay Area Thoracic Surgeons and the American Heart Association. In addition, Dr. Merrick has served on the Emergency Cardiac Care Committee of the American College of Cardiology and on the program committee of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Merrick was named to the list of U.S. News "America's Top Doctors," a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for a given specialty.

  • Helen and Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor, UCSF, 2011
  • AOA, University of Washington, 1980
  • MD with Honor in Medicine, University of Washington, 1980
Most recent publications from a total of 27
  1. Heidecker B, Moore P, Bergsland EK, Merrick SH, Rao RK. Transcatheter pulmonic valve replacement in carcinoid heart disease. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Sep; 16(9):1046. View in PubMed
  2. Stratmann G, Russell IA, Merrick SH. Use of recombinant factor VIIa as a rescue treatment for intractable bleeding following repeat aortic arch repair. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Dec; 76(6):2094-7. View in PubMed
  3. Schneider DB, Clary-Macy C, Challa S, Sasse KC, Merrick SH, Hawkins R, Caputo G, Jablons D. Positron emission tomography with f18-fluorodeoxyglucose in the staging and preoperative evaluation of malignant pleural mesothelioma. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2000 Jul; 120(1):128-33. View in PubMed
  4. Kerwin WF, Botvinick EH, O'Connell JW, Merrick SH, DeMarco T, Chatterjee K, Scheibly K, Saxon LA. Ventricular contraction abnormalities in dilated cardiomyopathy: effect of biventricular pacing to correct interventricular dyssynchrony. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2000 Apr; 35(5):1221-7. View in PubMed
  5. Khan JH, Foster EA, Intinarelli GM, Merrick SH. Maze procedure and homograft replacement of a rheumatic mitral valve. J Heart Valve Dis. 1999 Nov; 8(6):630-1. View in PubMed
  6. Lambert AS, Miller JP, Merrick SH, Schiller NB, Foster E, Muhiudeen-Russell I, Cahalan MK. Improved evaluation of the location and mechanism of mitral valve regurgitation with a systematic transesophageal echocardiography examination. Anesth Analg. 1999 Jun; 88(6):1205-12. View in PubMed
  7. Khan JH, McElhinney DB, Hall TS, Merrick SH. Cardiac valve surgery in octogenarians: improving quality of life and functional status. Arch Surg. 1998 Aug; 133(8):887-93. View in PubMed
  8. Khan JH, McElhinney DB, Rahman SB, George TI, Clark OH, Merrick SH. Pulmonary metastases of endocrine origin: the role of surgery. Chest. 1998 Aug; 114(2):526-34. View in PubMed
  9. Saxon LA, Kerwin WF, Cahalan MK, Kalman JM, Olgin JE, Foster E, Schiller NB, Shinbane JS, Lesh MD, Merrick SH. Acute effects of intraoperative multisite ventricular pacing on left ventricular function and activation/contraction sequence in patients with depressed ventricular function. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 1998 Jan; 9(1):13-21. View in PubMed
  10. Seeberger MD, Cahalan MK, Rouine-Rapp K, Foster E, Ionescu P, Balea M, Merrick S, Schiller NB. Acute hypovolemia may cause segmental wall motion abnormalities in the absence of myocardial ischemia. Anesth Analg. 1997 Dec; 85(6):1252-7. View in PubMed
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  • Marla Levy

    "Miracle Patient" Receives the Gift Of Life

    ADCT Photo Marla Levy With Dr Merrick
    My name is Marla Levy and I owe my life to Dr. Scot Merrick, Chief of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCSF. My story begins in Southern California when I was 21 and diagnosed with a congenital heart defect: supravalvular aortic stenosis or SVAS. SVAS develops before birth and causes narrowing of the aorta, the large blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. At age 27, I had my first open heart surgery. My aorta was replaced with a human valve, and when doctors couldn’t get my heart to start after the procedure, I received an emergency right coronary bypass.[...]
    Story Categories: Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)Heart Valve DiseaseSupravalvular Aortic Stenosis
  • Dwayne Teach

    I Feel Incredibly Lucky to Be Alive

    Dwayne Teach Pic2.jpg
    My name is Dwayne Teach and I feel incredibly lucky to be alive to share my story with you today. I had a massive pulmonary embolism in 2007 followed by a gastric bypass in 2009.  Three years ago I received a new heart and could not be more grateful for the care delivered by the University of California, San Francisco. In the matter of a week, my entire life changed. It all began with flu-like symptoms on a Monday. I was feeling much worse by Thursday so I decided to go to the hospital. After checking in at my local hospital in Fortuna I was transferred to a larger institution in Eureka. On[...]
    Story Categories: Heart Transplant
  • Bicknell Ramsay

    Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Treatment Saves Limb

    Bicknell Ramsay — a 74-year-old retired engineer who lives a fully active life — was concerned that a wound on his foot would not heal. Having volunteered for a clinical study on peripheral artery disease (PAD), he described the wound to the principal investigator, UCSF nurse practitioner Roberta Oka, R.N., DNSc. She referred Ramsay to Michael S. Conte, M.D., (pictured at right on left), Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at UCSF Medical Center. By then, the wound exceeded two centimeters and was enlarging. After an ankle-brachial index test found only 30 percent of normal[...]
    Story Categories: Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)Coronary Artery DiseaseCritical Limb IschemiaLower Extremity Bypass SurgeryPeripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

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