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Michael S. Merkley, M.D.


Dr. Michael S. Merkley knows how to make patients from all over feel right at home at Midwest Orthopaedic Center. Before settling in Peoria, he gained his comprehensive health care experience at institutions throughout the country. After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, he went on to complete his residency in Grand Rapids, followed by a fellowship at the Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation in Columbus, GA.

At Midwest Orthopaedic Center, he provides knee and shoulder care to patients of all ages. In our surgery facility, Midwest Orthopaedic Hospital at UnityPoint Health – Proctor, Dr. Merkley performs arthroscopic shoulder repair and reconstruction to address rotator cuff tears, dislocations and separations, labral and SLAP tears, biceps tendon injuries and frozen shoulders. When treating patients in need of shoulder replacements, he performs anatomical total shoulder arthroplasties and reverse total shoulder arthroplasties among other procedures. With knee arthroscopy and reconstruction surgeries, Dr. Merkley addresses ACL injuries, meniscus tears, patellar dislocations and cartilage injuries. As a team physician for Illinois Central College, Dr. Merkley uses his in-depth surgical expertise and sports medicine experience to keep athletes off the bench.

Don’t let an unexpected injury define your athletic career or keep you from doing your normal activities. At your home for orthopedics, Dr. Merkley can help you reactivate your life.

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation, Columbus, GA.

Certification: Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery

As the team physician for high school and college sports teams, my top priority is making sure athletes can play to the best of their abilities.

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Meet Our Patients

I wish I had my surgery years ago. I've been so surprised and so elated that I have gotten that full motion back. Within six months, I was walking all around Arches National Park.

Michèle Marshall

A knee replacement patient who loves to hike –– from East Peoria, IL.

At Midwest Orthopaedic Center, they've treated my whole body. My knees feel fantastic. They're better than they've been in 20 years. Every day, there's no pain.

Richard Cozadd

A bilateral revision total knee replacement patient who loves to spend time with his grandkids –– from Abington, IL.

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