Paul Merkle, MD

Executive Vice President, EmCare Surgical Services
Paul Merkle, MD

Dr. Paul Merkle, MD, serves as an executive vice president for Orthopaedics with EmCare Surgical Services. Merkle is trained in advanced orthopaedics (trauma/pelvis acetabulum). He has an extensive background in clinical leadership and academic settings serving as a Resident Clinical Instructor and as Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at the University of Southern California, Department of Orthopaedics for nearly twenty years.

Merkle received his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1990 and completed his internship and residency at the Los Angeles County and USC Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Orthopaedics fellowships include pelvis, acetabulum, spine, and spine trauma. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and he is as well-versed in the business aspects of the specialty as in its clinical components. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

As an expert in acute care orthopaedic traumatology and acute care surgery, Merkle has a passion for reconstructive and trauma surgery, complex fracture care, hip surgery acute fractures and the care of complex polytrauma (multiply-injured) patients. His experience includes pediatric pelvis and acetabular trauma ankle fractures, pelvis and acetabular surgery. Areas of research include small fragment fixation of the pubic symphysis, nutritional supplementation as related to tibial fracture healing, and the posterior approach to the pelvis.

Merkle has served on the Board of Directors of the USC Graduate Orthopaedic Society California Medical Association where he held numerous leadership positions. He is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association which is devoted to improving treatments for orthopaedic trauma patients.