Michael T. Merrick, M.D.,
Back and Neck
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
3414 Golden Road, Tyler, Texas 75701

Michael T. Merrick, M.D.,

Azalea Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Michael Merrick completed his spinal surgery fellowship with North Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the University of Texas’s medical school in Houston and spent his internship and residency years in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now back in his home state of Texas, Dr. Merrick specializes in surgery of the spine for Azalea Orthopedics.

“My hope is to help patients with disabling back and neck problems get back to living life on their own terms,” Merrick said.

“I believe that surgery should always be the last resort when it comes to treating spinal conditions in the neck and back,” Merrick explains. “However, if various non-operative treatments have been attempted without improvement, spine surgery may be the right answer. Our field has made tremendous advances in recent years. We have minimally invasive and motion-preserving technology that helps patients return to normal function more quickly.”

Degrees and Education
Spine Surgery
Norton Leatherman Spine Center
Louisville, KY

Orthopaedic Surgery
Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners
Grand Rapids, MI

Surgical Internship
Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners
Grand Rapids, MI

Medical School:
The University of Texas
Houston Medical School
Houston, TX

Bachelor of Science
Rice University
Houston, TX

Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners – Orthopaedic Surgery Intern of the Year 2010
Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Educational Grant – 2013
OrthoPediatrics SRS Annual Meeting/IMAST Scholarship – 2013

Medical School:
Texas Medical Liability Trust Memorial Scholarship 2009
Spectacular Medical Student Award 2009

Varsity Football Letterman – Rice University 2002 – 2004 (3 years)
1st Team Academic All-Western Athletic Conference 2002 – 2004 (3 years)
Rice University Scholar Athlete Award 2003 – 2004 (2 years)
1st Team Verizon/CoSIDA Academic-All American 2003
Team MVP vs The University of Texas 2003
1st Place in Biochemistry Project: The Chemistry of Lipitor 2003
The Mary Ann Lunsford Student Summer Externship Scholarship in Cardiovascular Medicine 2004
Rice University Study Abroad Scholarship – ICADS Summer Immersion Program, San Jose, Costa Rica 2003

Texas Medical Association
Texas Orthopaedic Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2009-Present
AO Spine North America, 2012-Present
American Spinal Injury Association, 2012-Present