Musculoskeletal Education and Research Center (MERC)

researcher preparing tissue cultures
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We are committed to continuous improvement in patient care and outcomes. 

At MERC, we believe that concerted research and educational programs led by clinicians, research staff, and fellows, builds upon the scientific and clinical knowledge base of musculoskeletal disorders, improving surgical care and quality of life for patients.

MERC has established and maintains a premier research and teaching center along with a collaborative worldwide network of colleagues dedicated to the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr. Choll Kim discusses the preceptorship program
Group Learing

Group Learning

2:1 Surgeon To Faculty Ratio
Topic Based Didactic Breakouts
Practical Cadaveric Exercises

MERC One on One Learning

One-on-One Learning

1:1 Surgical Instruction
Case Observation
Hands-on cadaveric learning

Laboratory Research

The MERC research team maintains a multidisciplinary research center within core areas of research excellence across a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.

Capabilities include biomechanical testing, computational modeling, histology and histomorphometry, radiography, in vivo biological modeling, scanning electron microscopy, and particle analysis.


Man working on laboratory research

Clinical Research

MERC conducts clinical research studies of scientific merit and interest, to assess the safety and effectiveness of products or techniques used to treat patients with spinal disorders.

Our clinical research group collaborates with surgeons and clinical research coordinators to develop and conduct single or multicenter, prospective or retrospective, post-marketing research worldwide. Clinical research group members, in collaboration with surgeons and clinical site staff, define outcome measures and manage de-identified patient data.