Dr. Ronald C. Merrell

Dr. Ronald C. Merrell

Professor of Surgery; Head of Medical Informatics & Technology Applications Consortium (MITAC), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, USA; Editor-in-Chief, Telemedicine & E-Health (Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association) and Editorial Board Member, International Journal of BioSciences and Technology


Dr. Ronald C. Merrell leads the Medical Informatics and Technology Applications Consortium (MITAC) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. MITAC is a laboratory of telemedicine dedicated to telemedicine and medical informatics. MITAC develops sensors, telecommunications protocols, effector software/middleware/hardware and process simulators. MITAC utilizes test beds for evaluating technology and validates medical procedures that rely upon informatics. Dr. Merrell has been awarded numerous citations by NASA including its public service medal three times.

Dr. Merrell is Professor of Surgery at VCU.  From 1999 to 2003, he was Stuart McGuire Professor and Chairman of VCU’s Department of Surgery. Dr. Merrell was also the Clinical Director of VCU Health Systems Telemedicine Program.  Previously he was the Lampman Professor and Chairman of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. He obtained B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Alabama, which is his home state. He has held faculty appointments at Stanford, the University of Texas in Houston where he was vice dean for clinical affairs and the MD Anderson Cancer Center where he was chief of the endocrine tumor service. He has been repeatedly honored for his work in curriculum and teaching and led programs in clinical medicine, education and research. In Texas, Dr. Merrell began a long relationship with NASA and telemedicine beginning with relief efforts in Armenia after the earthquake of 1988.

He has established successful programs in industry and government in the field of informatics research and development while continuing his interest and participation in related international programs in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Greece, Egypt, Brazil, Pakistan, Kosova, Romania and Ecuador.  His innovative work in telemedicine includes early use of Internet telemedicine, early use of Internet for intraoperative consultation and very early work in teleanesthesia.   He has over 300 publications and serves on the editorial boards of several major surgical journals.  He is an editor-in-chief of  Telemedicine and E-Health, the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association.

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