Alexander Eliot Merkler, MD, MS
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Alexander Eliot Merkler, MD, MS


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Not Accepting New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement






Dr. Merkler is a native New Yorker who received his undergraduate degree from Brown University where he graduated magna cum laude. Dr. Merkler earned his medical degree from New York University where he received the prestigious Rosenbluth Grant for international laboratory research. Dr. Merkler completed residency in neurology at the Weill Cornell Medical College and served as the Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Merkler then completed a two-year fellowship in neurocritical care at Columbia University / Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Merkler is board certified in Neurology and Neurocritical Care. Dr. Merkler is an expert in stroke and acute brain and spine injury. Dr. Merkler has authored more than 100 publications in peer reviewed medical journals on neurological disorders. Dr. Merkler also serves as a peer reviewer for several medical journals including JAMA, Neurology, Stroke, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, and Hypertension. Dr. Merkler is currently funded by a Career Development Award from the American Heart Association and a Weill Cornell Medicine Grant to study the neurological complications of Covid-19. He is a past recipient of a KL2 award from the NIH and the Leon Levy Fellowship.



Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards


  • 2021 Siekert New Investigator Award in Stroke
  • 2020 Weill Cornell Medicine Covid-19 Research Grant
  • 2019 American Neurological Association Travel Award
  • 2018 Career Development Award from the Americaxn Heart Association
  • 2017 Neurology Best Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2017 KL2 Award from the NIH
  • 2016 International Stroke Conference New Investigator Travel Award
  • American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Fellow Scholarship Award
  • Neurology Resident Teaching Award, Cornell University
  • American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Resident Scholarship Award
  • Chief Resident in Neurology at Cornell
  • Rosenbluth Foundation Travel Grant for research conducted in Peru through NYU School of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, Brown University
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University


Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Neurologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., New York University School of Medicine, 2010
  • B.S., Brown University, 2006


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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No External Relationships Reported