Robert M. Merritt | The Barranco Clinic

Robert Merritt MD, FACS

Dr. Robert Merritt is a board-certified otolaryngologist who sees patients across our locations. He is a talented ENT provider and surgeon, who aims to help his patients with lasting relief. Dr. Merritt began his education at the University of North Carolina where he obtained a Bachelor of Science. He then went on to the Medical College of Georgia to obtain his Doctor of Medicine. He continued at the Medical College of Georgia to complete his internship and residency in the Department of Otolaryngology. He was a member of the United States Air Force for four years before being honorably discharged.

He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and a member of several professional organizations. This includes the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, American College of Surgeons, and the Polk County Medical Association.

Specialties:

General ENT

Languages:

English

"I always strive to do whatever it takes for patients, and treat them as if they were a member of my family."

Education 

Robert Merritt MD graduated from the University of North Carolina and completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He then went on to complete his internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia, before joining the United States Military. 

Bachelor’s Degree

  • University of North Carolina

Doctor of Medicine

  • Medical College of Georgia

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina, 1987
  • Highest Honors, University of North Carolina, 1988
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (President, Alpha of Georgia Chapter), 1991-1992

Board-Certification

  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Association 
  • Polk County Medical Association

Professional Affiliations

  • SFENTA
  • The Barranco Clinic
  • Winter Haven Ambulatory Surgical Center
  • South Lake Hospital
  • Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center

Publications and Presentations

  • “Asymptomatic and Normocalcemic Parathyroid Adenoma:  Detection by Preoperative Ultrasound”.  Merritt RM, Anarayana S, Wei JP. The American Surgeon, 59:232-234,  April 1993.
  • “Rhabdomyolysis-Induced Hypocalcemia After Parathyroidectomy”.  Merritt RM, Wei JP. Southern Medical Journal, 86:1279-1282, November 1993.
  • “Temporomandibular Joint Dehiscence After Mastoid Surgery:  A Case Report”.  Merritt RM, Wei JP, Porubsky ES.  Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 113(3):293-294, September 1995.
  • “Management of Subglottic Foreign Bodies”.  Halvorson DJ, Merritt RM, Mann C, Porubsky ES.  Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, 105(7)541-544, July 1996.
  • “The Intersinus Septal Cell:  Anatomic, Radiologic and Clinical Correlation”.  Merritt RM, Bent JP, Kuhn FA.  American Journal of Rhinology, 10(5)299-302, September-October 1996.
  • “Cervical Spine Injury Complicating Facial Trauma:  Incidence and Management”.  Merritt RM, Williams MF.  American Journal of Otolaryngology, 18(4)235-238, July-August 1997.
  • “Detection of Cervical Metastasis:  A Meta-analysis Comparing Computed Tomography to Physical Exam”.  Merritt RM, Williams MF, Porubsky ES.  Archives of Otolaryngology, 123:149-152, February 1997.
  • “Suprastomal Granulation in Pediatric Tracheotomy Decannulation”.  Merritt RM, Bent JP, Smith RJH.  Laryngoscope, 107:868-871, July 1997.
  • “Acute Laryngeal Trauma in the Pediatric Population”.  Merritt RM, Bent JP, Porubsky ES.  Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, 107(2):104-106, February 1998.
  • Identification of the Structural Changes in a Temperature Sensitive Vermillion Mutant of  Drosophila melanogaster.  Undergraduate Research Symposium in Biology (Chapel Hill, NC; April 15, 1988).
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dehiscence After Mastoid Surgery.  American Academy of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA; September 16-22, 1994).
  • Orbital Hemorrhage After Sinus Surgery.  The Advanced Course in Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (Augusta, GA; March 30, 1995).
  • Increased Range of the Pectoralis Flap After Clavicle Resection.  American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting (New Orleans, LA; September 16, 1995).
  • Cervical Spine Injury Complicating Facial Trauma:  Incidence and Management.  American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting (New Orleans, LA; September 16, 1995).
  • The Intersinus Septal Cell:  Anatomic, Radiologic and Clinical Correlation.  Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Rhinologic Society (New Orleans, LA; September 16, 1995).
  • Detection of Cervical Metastasis:  A  Meta-analysis Comparing Computed Tomography to Physical Exam.  Fourth International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer (Toronto, Canada; July 30, 1996).
  • Suprastomal Granulation in Pediatric Tracheotomy Decannulation.  Southern Section Meeting of the Triologic Society (Captiva Island, FL; January 18, 1997).
  • Laryngeal Trauma in the Pediatric Population.  American Laryngologic Association Spring Meeting (Scottsdale, AZ; May 11, 1997).
  • Medical, Social and Economic Implications of Infant Tracheotomy.  American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Annual Meeting (Scottsdale, AZ; May 16, 1997).
     
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