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Dr. Merrick of Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center Named to 2017-18 Best Doctors in America List

August 29, 2017

WHEELING, W.Va. – Urologic oncologist Dr. Gregory Merrick, director of Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center, the Men’s Health Center and Urologic Research Institute, has been named to the 2017-18 list of Best Doctors in America.

Merrick’s inclusion on the list is the result of an extensive, impartial, peer-review poll of physicians nationwide. It recognizes the approximately 4 percent of U.S. doctors from whom other physicians would seek care.
Earlier this year, Merrick was selected as one of only 12 physicians in the U.S. as a Fellow in the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS).

Under Merrick’s direction, the Schiffler Cancer Center has established an international reputation in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, having treated patients from 42 states and 17 countries.

Merrick is a nationally recognized uro-oncology expert. He is the past president and chairman of the board of the ABS. He also is a Fellow in the American College of Radiology, where he served as chairman of the Prostate Cancer Appropriateness Committee. He has been the genito-urinary section editor of the journal Brachytherapy and has served as a manuscript reviewer for 20 peer-reviewed scientific oncologic and urologic journals.

He has published hundreds of original scientific studies on urologic cancer, co-authored two textbooks and lectured across the U.S. and abroad. His research has advanced brachytherapy patient selection and technique, prostate biopsy, treatment and post-operative management. Merrick also has evaluated mechanisms of erectile dysfunction and participated in large studies evaluating investigational drugs for end-stage prostate cancer.

In conjunction with his colleague, Dr. Kent Wallner at the University of Washington, Merrick has completed three prospective randomized prostate brachytherapy trials evaluating efficacy and quality of life.

Merrick also is director of Cryosurgery Services at Wheeling Hospital, which offers a new, minimally invasive therapy for treating kidney cancer. In addition, he has developed innovative prostate biopsy techniques that have resulted in improved prostate cancer diagnostic accuracy.

Since 1989, Best Doctors has conducted one of the largest ongoing peer physician polls in health care to identify the physicians other physicians trust most. It starts by asking: “If you or a loved one needed a physician in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”

All listed Best Doctors have received a consensus of their peer physicians’ support. Once a physician receives consensus, he/she is researched and verified for clinical activity, licensure and disciplinary actions.

A selected Best Doctor doesn’t remain in the database forever. The peer-review process requires that every listed Best Doctor physician be re-evaluated by their peers in each poll. Best Doctors does not pay physicians to be included in the database, nor can physicians or their organizations pay Best Doctors. A physician cannot apply to become a Best Doctors physician. The only way for a physician to be selected to the database is to be nominated by and then receive voting consensus from Best Doctors physicians.

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