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Harbour View Center
5818 Harbour View Blvd, Suite 200
Suffolk, Virginia 23435
Phone: (757) 673-6000
Fax: (757) 673-6007
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J. Craig Merrell, M.D., F.A.C.S.
J.Craig Merrell
Dr. Merrell graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University in 1975. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Virginia in 1977. This was followed by training in General Surgery at the Hershey Medical Center. He completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Southern Illinois University in 1983 and a year’s fellowship in Microsurgery. Dr. Merrell has been in private practice in the Hampton Roads area since 1983.
Certification and Appointments:
Dr. Merrell was certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1977. He became a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon after successfully completing written and oral examinations in 1984. In addition he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and has also passed examinations to qualify as a board certified hand surgeon. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Association for Hand Surgery, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American and World Societies for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Dr. Merrell has contributed as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and served for almost 20 years the Director of Microsurgery for OperationSMILE. He served three years as member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia College. In 2005 Dr. Merrell took a three year sabbatical to serve as president of the France Toulouse Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Dr. Merrell has privileges at three area hospitals and cares for the majority of his patients at Sentara Obici Hospital. He is pleased also to offer state of the art outpatient surgery at the Harbour View Center for Excellence in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Operation Smile has been a major part of Dr. Merrell's life since 1984. His family has spent more than a year rendering humanitarian service in the Philippines, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, Romania, Morocco, Vietnam, and Haiti.

Dr. Merrell's special interest in microsurgery has led him to develop this specialty within the overall program of Operation Smile. He participated in "The World Journey of Hope" and worked both in the hospital at Casablanca, Morocco and on The Flying Hospital. During that mission almost 200 children received corrective surgery for a variety of congenital facial defects. He has participated in nearly 30 medical missions including 15 to Hanoi, Vietnam where he and his colleagues have introduced the subspecialty of microsurgery to that country. A report of this work was published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (April 2007).

In November 2009 Dr. Merrell was one of a handful of participants from the original medical mission to Vietnam who returned for the 20th year anniversary. During that visit, Dr. Merrell again performed microsurgical cases including the reconstruction of a Laotian woman whose scalp was ripped off by a rice harvesting machine.

Dr. Merrell was honored in April of 2010 with the Operation Smile Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award.
Dr. Merrell has published numerous articles on various aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery in major medical journals including, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The Annals of Plastic Surgery, and The Hand Journal. His work has been presented at over thirty national and international meetings. Perhaps of greatest local impact he has spoken on various aspects of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and on Operation Smile to hundreds of audiences in the Hampton Roads Area.

Dr. Merrell would be pleased to address your organization on any of a variety of topics related to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Operation Smile. To schedule a presentation please contact him at 757-673-6000) to make the necessary arrangements.

For an abbreviated resume for Dr. J. Craig Merrell click here
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