Matthias Johannes Merkel, M.D., Ph.D.

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Special Interests:
Anesthesiology, Critical Care (Anesthesiology), Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Accepting Patients:
English, German


Dr. Matthias Merkel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, and has been a member of the faculty since April 2004. He is the Chief Safety Officer and the Division Chief of Cardiac and Surgical Subspecialty Critical Care in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at OHSU. His clinical and research interests focus on patient safety and quality, emphasizing the importance of a systematic team approach and standardization of our care models in the perioperative period. Prior to assuming his current leadership roles, he studied mechanisms of induced cardioprotection and related gender differences in the department’s translational laboratories.   Dr. Merkel earned his MD-PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, where he then pursued advanced training in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. During this time he conducted clinical research and investigated the use of inhaled vasodilators in acute respiratory distress syndrome and acute right heart failure. He also served as an Emergency Physician in the German Emergency Medicine System by ground and air rescue.

Professional Education

  • Degrees:
    M.D., Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, 1997
    Ph.D., Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, 1999
  • Residency:

    Anesthesiology - Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

  • Fellowship:

    Anesthesiology Intensive Care Medicine - Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

  • Certification:

    German Board Certification in Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, 2004?German Board Certification in Anesthesiology, 2003


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503 494-7641

I see patients at:

OHSU Campus

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