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Dr. med. Richard Merkle

Born 1962 in Krumbach
1982–1988 Medical studies at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, State examination and licence to practise
1992 Doctorate
1996 Specialist training as a surgeon at the Surgical Hospital and Health Centre in the Grosshadern Clinic of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. F. W. Schildberg)
2002 Licence to practise visceral surgery
2002–2008 Managing head physician of the Department for General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery at the Surgical Hospital Munich-Bogenhausen
October 2008 to present Head of the visceral surgery department of the Medical Competence Centre Munich
September 2009 to present Head of Viszera Abdominal Surgery Munich
December 2009 to present Head of Viszera Adipositas Centre Munich

Dr. med. Richard Merkle

is the head of the visceral surgery department of the Medical Competence Centre Munich and a passionate surgeon. He places the highest demands for quality on himself and his staff.

Dr. Merkle and his team cover the complete range of general surgery with approximately 500 operations. His surgical focus lies in minimally invasive endoscopic procedures.

Dr. Merkle's specialities include all of the usual techniques for hernia surgery so that he can offer the best surgical procedure for each individual patient. In addition to hernia operations, he also performs more difficult operations such as GERD surgery, hemicolectomies and obesity surgery (gastric banding and gastric sleeve procedures) laparoscopically (minimally invasively).

Interdisciplinary cooperation with colleagues from other fields is made possible through being embedded in the Isar Medical Centres, Munich, so that at any time specialists (e.g. gastroenterologists and urologists) can be consulted in order to ensure that patients receive the best care possible for their surgery and their entire in-hospital stay. The department is characterised by the surgeons' many years of experience as well as the ongoing scientific evaluation of treatment results.


The surgical focus lies on minimally invasive endoscopic procedures.

Surgery of the intestinal tract

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease 
  • Gallbladder resection
  • Appendectomy
  • Stomach and intestinal resections for inflammatory (sigma diverticulitis, Crohn's disease) and malignant (stomach and colon cancer) diseases
  • Adhesiolysis
  • Small intestine, large intestine and rectal surgery
  • Gastric operations with gastric pouch
  • Partial hepatic resections
  • Spleen surgery

Conservative and surgical obesity treatment

  • Intragastric balloon treatment
  • Gastric banding
  • Gastric sleeve surgery
  • Gastric bypass surgery

Hernia surgery

  • Hernia treatment: the Shouldice technique (suturing method), Lichtenstein technique, minimally invasive hernia treatment using the TAPP and TEP techniques
  • Umbilical and incisional hernia (abdominal hernias)

Endocrine surgery

  • Adrenal gland surgeries
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgeries

Surgical endoscopy (gastroscopy and colonoscopy), tumour precautionary examinations


Germany Society for Surgery
Germany Society for Obesity Surgery