Clinical Focus:

Complex Knee Sports Surgery and Joint Preservation

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Fellowship Training:

Sports Medicine and Joint Preservation


University of Washington, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Medical School:

University of Southern California

Keck School of Medicine

Hospital Affiliation:

Valley Medical Center, Renton


Dr. Merritt is dedicated to getting injured athletes back to the activities they love. He is primarily focused on the surgical treatment of knee injuries from childhood to adulthood, as well as joint replacement surgery of the knee and hip. Dr. Merritt has specialized training in knee ligament reconstruction, cartilage injuries, meniscus repair, and minimally invasive partial knee replacement. If you have suffered an injury or arthritis of the knee or hip, please contact him for an appointment, and we will work together to restore your active lifestyle.

After graduating from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Dr. Merritt completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He then finished his advanced training in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. During this time, Dr. Merritt served as an assistant team physician for the New York Giants professional football team. Dr. Merritt brings advanced training to POA, using the same surgical techniques and individualized care that helps professional athletes get back in the game.

Andrew Huntley, PA-C, joined POA in 2015 as a physician assistant for Dr. Merritt, specializing in sports medicine and joint replacement. Having a skilled Physician Assistant allows our patients with more access to high-quality, prompt care for both acute and chronic conditions. He assists Dr. Merritt in surgery, provides evaluation and treatment of new patients, established patient care, pre, and post-operative appointments, injections and orders diagnostic imaging including x-rays and MRIs.

Dr. Merritt lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. When he is able to wrestle some free time he enjoys golfing, mountain biking, mountain climbing, and being outdoors. He provides physician team coverage for the Seattle Thunderbirds, Tahoma High School, and is a consultant for many local athletic trainers and sports teams.

Testimonials for Andrew L. Merritt, M.D.

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I am very pleased with the results of my hip replacement surgery last July, 2015. One of my primary goals was to hike with my husband again, and I’ve been able to do that! We have hiked in California, Arizona, and many other states...

- Ramona H.

Everything went very well and I was happy with it all, especially Dr. Merritt. I played golf within 6 weeks and am walking 1.5 miles a day now.

- Peter

I am now biking 20 miles and have signed up for the MS ride in September. I am running more and more, and have also been rock climbing a few times this month. My knee is feeling better and better. I am very thankful for the care I...

- Julie J.