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Dr. Richard Merkler, MD

Pediatrician

Professional statement

I provide personal comprehensive pediatric care for all kinds of children and assist their parents in nurturing them and advocating for them. Having graduated from New York University in 1965, I have had numerous opportunities to grow and better myself as a physician. My goal is to give my patients the best care possible not only in the short term but the long term as well. It gives me great pleasure to be able to volunteer at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and NYU Langone Medical Center as an attending physician. I look forward to meeting new patients and being able to give them the quality care they deserve.

In-network insurances

  • 1199SEIU
  • AARP
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Pediatrician

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Board certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics

Education and training

  • Medical School - New York University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, Residency in Pediatrics
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, Fellowship in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Pediatrics)

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1134109754

Office locations

Richard G Merkler, MD

315 West 57th Street, Suite 301

New York, NY 10019

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My son says he is awesome:) I agree.
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Dr. Merkler is truly a kind warm person. My child loves him. We all love him.
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So lucky to have a family doctor in the heart of Manhattan who really cares.
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Love Dr. Merker!
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He was great! And very nice.
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Thorough and Knowledgeable MD.
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Excellent experience ..he’s warm and kind and very thorough. The office staff was so pleasant and friendly! And zocdoc is great, accurate and updated information.
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Small space, not very welcoming. No nurses on site, only the doctor so the experience wasn't great compared to our last pediatrician.
Less than 1 year ago
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He is always nice and gentle. He answers and explains questions kindly.
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I've been seeing Dr. Merkler since 2009. I met him in St. Vincent's Hospital when my daughter was a newborn. He is always gentle and kind, and I love the fact that I can text him if I have an emergency.As others have said, He is a one man show, so there can be a lot going on. His NEW receptionist is lovely and efficient. The office is quite small, so I would suggest earlier appointments to avoid the bottle neck in the afternoon. Highly recommend!
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Love Dr. Merkler. He's been our pediatrician since day 2. He's the best. His office is tiny and later appointments get backed up so be forewarned . . . but couldn't ask for better in terms of experience, expertise, and wonderful, gentle bedside manner.
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Office is small but intimate.
Less than 1 year ago
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My daughter 14 years old told me that she liked Dr. Merkler right after we visited the office. I thought he was really gentle and professional!
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Very personal service with great bedside manner!
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Love Dr. Merkler. Kind, caring and efficient.
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Great doctor!
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He is always good, tries to help, and lestens to patients.
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Great experience with the doctor. Knowledgeable and helpful on every aspect.
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THE BEST!!!
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Dr. Merkler is great at what he does. He makes sure that every concern is addressed and he seems to really care. Appts are easy to make, wait time is short and the office is always clean.
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My daughter (9 years old) is very shy and even more with her first visit. . She was nervous, but the doctor approached her with such kindness she felt less in a medical room and more in a secure, warm place.The doctor was specially kind and still very professional.
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Amazing!!!
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THE BEST!!!
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Good as before!
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We love Dr. Merkler. We started seeing him with our son, now our daughter sees her as well, and we have already moved to Battery Park City (clinic is on the upper west side).
More than 1 year ago
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Very Knowledgeable! Great doctor and great experience always!
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Wonderful, calming effect on children and unbelievably good at giving painless shots. My child actually looks forward to the visits.
More than 1 year ago
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AMAZING DOCTOR!!!!!!
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Doctor is very kind, soft spoken and patient but does not offer a thorough examination. I always leave feeling as if enough was not done. Office space is not kid friendly and lacks anything motivational. There aren't any toys for thekids to play with nor colors that represent brightness and excitement. kids become restless in the tiny waiting area.
More than 1 year ago
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He was able to calm my son
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Dr. Merkler is very kind and friendly. His office is always very busy because it is just him and a receptionist so he is constantly pulled in so many different directions but is still tries his best to be responsive.
More than 1 year ago
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Love doctor Merkler. Very caring and kind. He has a very rude receptionist though.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr Richard Merkler was very attentive and caring. I would highly recommend him! Before the visit i read bad reviews about his receptionist. But we had a positive experience with her. She was nice and polite to us. Maybe its a different receptionist now :)
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Dr is super nice, only the waiting is a little bit long. But I still recommend him.
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Our daughter had developed a rash this doctor could not figure out what it was. He took forever asking the entire history of the baby and came up with zero diagnosis. He was reading the information to us from his laptopwhich made him look less knowledgeable. We went back to our original doctor who was able to diagnose immediately that it was roseola with the exact same symptoms and progress.
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Very nice doctor and his secretary
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Yhe doctor is perfect!!!!!PERFECT!!!!!!
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Doctor is excellent! But the assistant or receptionist lady who picks up the phone is rude and unprofessional.
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Dr. Merkler is a very kind and considerate doctor. But he is a one man shop so he is neccesarily stretched thin and always rushed. His receptionist is also very nice but sometimes absent minded. When we were waiting she waseating a very pungent tuna fish sandwich. The office is very cramped and not well ventilated so it was almost unbearable. Overall, good location and doctor but there are limitations to the service you might experience because it is just him and his receptionist.
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I can honestly say Dr. Merkler, is a Awesome Pediatrician that's helps all children feel comfortable .
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Dr. Merkler was great. Very professional and knowledgable of the work he does. His office is very small and hot though. As for the secretary, I find her rude. I asked her for a lollipop for my son that was ina container on her desk and she I could take it but she doesn't want to touch the container, so I had to get it myself. I find that very rude and disrespectful because she is the worker not me.
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Our visit with Mr Merkler was tainted as our previous visit was also met with some confusion as to time of scheduled visit. ZocDoc scheduled and confirmed 2:00 pm visit, that was followed up with a phone call only to findout our appointment was 30 min later. The office was found to be a bit on the warm side, closer to a sauna for kids rather than a office that required some heat because of the cold temps. I assume during the warmer months, heating is a non issue. The actual visit with Mr. Merkler was very good, he is a true professional and is dilligent about his work with kids. However as new parents, I am not sure if we "clicked."
More than 1 year ago
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Dr.Merkler is very caring and professional doctor. He is always available and thoroughly listens to all patients needs. However, his receptionist is rude and lacks interpersonal skills. Many have made comments as to her lack of professionalism.
More than 1 year ago
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I love him and so do my children!! Very good doctor
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We love him!!
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Great doc
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He is great I absolutely love this doctor very attentive
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We love Dr. Merkler! My kids have been seeing him for six years. New office is a definite plus!
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I highly recommend him!!!
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