Robert Merritt

Robert Merritt, MD


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Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.8 out of 5




I'm a general thoracic surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive surgery in the treatment of lung and esophageal cancers. My clinical interests include primary lung carcinoma, esophageal carcinoma, thymic malignancies, primary tumors of the chest wall, tracheal tumors and secondary lung carcinoma. I was named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors” from 2017-2019.

I perform robotic–assisted thoracic surgery procedures for the removal of lung tumors and tumors in the mediastinum. Robotic surgery provides a significant advantage over traditional thoracotomy incisions as it's minimally invasive and promotes rapid healing with fewer infections. Robotic Assisted lobectomy is becoming the operation of choice for early stage lung cancer.

My research interest involves tumor immunology. I have investigated the role of Ciplatin mediated upregulation of CD40 ligand in lung cancer cell lines. CD8 T cells contain the CD40 ligand receptor that promotes cancer cell apoptosis, or programmed death, after binding CD40 ligand. I also perform outcomes research to improve the results of surgical procedures for thoracic malignancies.

I was named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors” from 2017-2018 and rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction in 2015. I've published many studies in Nature Medicine, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Clinics, The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer and Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

Here at OSUCCC – James, we work together as a multidisciplinary team to improve patient care and outcomes while striving to find the cure for cancer. It's challenging and rewarding work, and we never stop trying.

Education and Background


Cornell University Medical College

New York, NY


New York Presbyterian Hospital

New York, NY


Cardio Thoracic Surgery

Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston, MA

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Academic Department

Department of Surgery

Division of Thoracic Surgery

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the university requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their university responsibilities. As of 11/21/2019, Dr. Merritt has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

C-SATS, Inc.


Patient Satisfaction Review

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the five questions gathered from the Outpatient Oncology survey, developed by Press Ganey Associates for use in oncology clinics across the country. On behalf of The James, Press Ganey administers the survey to patients who see our providers in an outpatient clinic office. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of The James.

Overall Ratings (out of 227 reviews)
4.8 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.8/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.8/ 5

Concern for your questions and issues

4.8/ 5

Skill and knowledge

4.9/ 5

Overall quality of care

4.9/ 5

Patient Comments (25 total comments)

Reviewed: 12/10/2019

Dr. Merritt and his staff take time to visit on a personal level, which makes the patient feel cared about - NOT RUSHED.

Reviewed: 12/4/2019

Dr. Merritt was very personable and put me at ease (which is what I needed)!

Reviewed: 11/25/2019

Dr. Merritt and his staff are super, words can't describe the trust and faith we have in the doctors at The James.

Reviewed: 10/4/2019

Dr. Merritt and his staff were amazing, I couldn't have asked for better care!

Reviewed: 9/26/2019

He made me feel hopeful.

Reviewed: 9/13/2019

I love my dr. and the staff.

Reviewed: 9/10/2019

I really was impressed.

Reviewed: 8/22/2019

Dr. Merritt was wonderful and explained everything _____.

Reviewed: 8/8/2019

Dr. Merritt & Dr. Bantino were awesome.

Reviewed: 8/8/2019

When Dr. Merritt comes in smiling & says everything is good you know he cares.

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