Dr. Merkel, a rheumatologist, is the Principal Investigator of the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium. He is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine.
Dr. Merkel received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Masters of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health. He was a clinical and research fellow in Rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and has been a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, and now the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Merkel is an internationally recognized leader in clinical research and care in vasculitis and is the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH, FDA, and PCORI research grants that focus on clinical and translation investigation in vasculitis.