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Joseph Merrill, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)

Education & Training

MD, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1986-1990
Residency in Internal Medicine, Primary Care Track, University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA, 1990-1993
MPH, University of Washington, School of Public Health, Seattle, WA, 1996-1998

Professional Interests

Integrating opiate addiction treatment into general medical practice
Addiction medicine
Medical student teaching and mentoring
Chronic pain management


Trench Prize, 1982
Seattle's Best Doctors, Seattle Magazine, 2005-2010, 2012
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program Mentor Award, 2005
Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Science and Service Award in Office Based Opioid Treatment, 2012

Selected Publications

Merrill JO, Rhodes LA, Deyo RA, Marlatt AG, Bradley KA. 2002. Mutual mistrust in the medical care of drug users: the keys to the "narc" cabinet.. Journal of general internal medicine. 17(5):327-33.
Merrill JO, Jackson RT, Schulman BA, Saxon AJ, Awan A, Kapitan S, Carney M, Brumback LC, Donovan D. 2005. Methadone medical maintenance in primary care. An implementation evaluation.. Journal of general internal medicine. 20(4):344-9.
Banta-Green CJ, Merrill JO, Doyle SR, Boudreau DM, Calsyn DA. 2009. Measurement of opioid problems among chronic pain patients in a general medical population.. Drug and alcohol dependence. 104(1-2):43-9.
Weisner CM, Campbell CI, Ray TG, Saunders K, Merrill JO, Banta-Green C, Sullivan MD, Silverberg MJ, Mertens JR, Boudreau D et al.. 2009. Trends in prescribed opioid therapy for non-cancer pain for individuals with prior substance use disorders.. Pain. 145(3):287-93.
Dunn KM, Saunders KW, Rutter CM, Banta-Green CJ, Merrill JO, Sullivan MD, Weisner CM, Silverberg MJ, Campbell CI, Psaty BM et al.. 2010. Opioid prescriptions for chronic pain and overdose: a cohort study.. Annals of internal medicine. 152(2):85-92.