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John L. Merritt

John L. MerrittMD, FACP RehabMedSouth, Inc

Professor of Medicine & Neurology, Univ. South Florida, Tampa.
Attending Physician, Spinal Cord Injury Center, James A. Haley VA Hospital


Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Residency: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1976
Huntington Mem. Hospital, Pasadena, CA: Residency, Internal Medicine, 1974
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC: Doctor of Medicine, 1971
Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC BS: Chemistry, 1967

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine; Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Spinal Cord Medicine
Research Interests
Neuro-regeneration, Olfactory Mucosal Autografts, Stem Cell Therapies Spinal Cord Injury Acute and Chronic, Outcomes; Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections
Prevention of Urinary Tract Infection in Spinal Cord Injury
Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management; Respiratory Intervention in Quadriplegia

Energy Expenditure in Paraplegia; Metabolic Changes in Chronic SCI Ethics, Beginning and End of Life Issues, Palliative Care Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Outcome Prediction and Management Life Expectancy and Outcomes in Spinal Cord Injury

Positions and Honors

Professor of Medicine & Neurology, University of South Florida, 2003- present
Chief, Spinal Cord Injury Center, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL 2003- 2008 Professor & Chairman: Phys Med & Rehab, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee,1996-01 Professor, Adjunct, School of Bioengineering, Marquette University, 2000- 2002
Professor, Physical Med.& Rehab, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine 1993-96 Consultant (Staff), Mayo Clinic, Depart Phys Med & Rehab, Rochester, MN, 1976 – 1990 Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehab, Mayo Clinic Medical School, Rochester, MN 1990
Best Doctors in America, Tampa Bay Metro region, elected: 2009, 2010, 2011.

Recent Publications, Presentations, Selected

  1. Gutierrez CJ, Stevens C, Merritt JL, Pope C, Tanasescu M, Curtiss G: Trendelenburg Chest Optimization Prolongs Spontaneous Breathing Trials in Ventilator-dependent Patients with Low Cervical Spinal Cord Injury, J Rehab Research & Dev, vol. 47:3, 2010, 261-272.
  2. Merritt JL, Merritt JLII: When Does Human Life Begin? A Fresh Look at Scientific, Scriptural and Historical Evidence (book), Crystal Clear Books, 2010, Tampa, FL
  3. Darouiche RO, Green BG, Donovan SH, Schwartz M, Merritt JL, Riosa S, Hull RA: Bacterial Interference Prevents Urinary Tract Infections in Spinal Cord Injury, A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Multi-center Trial: Urology 2011 (in press).
  4. Merritt JL, Merritt JL II, Merritt, BP: “The Beginning of Human Life: The Central Role of Implantation in Developmental Biology and Historical Records,” Ethics Section, International Society for Stem Cell Research, Barcelona, Spain, July 9, 2009