Wheeling Doctor Gregory Merrick Named Chambers YMCA Light of the Valley


WHEELING — The Chambers YMCA Light of the Valley honoree for 2019, Dr. Gregory Merrick, knows the value of keeping fit and educating the public on health issues.

A renowned urologic oncologist, Merrick is director of Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center. He has been selected as one of only 12 physicians in the U.S. as a fellow in the American Brachytherapy Society. Merrick also serves as the director of the hospital’s Men’s Health Center and Urologic Research Institute. He is a 1985 graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Merrick will be presented with the Dr. Lee Jones Patron of Youth Award at the annual Light of the Valley luncheon at noon Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Wheeling Park’s White Palace. WVU Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins will be the featured speaker.

To purchase a table or tickets, call YMCA Executive Director Adam Shinsky at 304-242-8086.

Merrick is considered among the best in the world to treat prostate cancer. His research has advanced brachytherapy patient selection and technique, prostate biopsy, treatment and post-operative management. Merrick also has evaluated mechanisms of erectile dysfunction and participated in large studies evaluating investigational drugs for end-stage prostate cancer.

Under Merrick’s direction, the Schiffler Cancer Center has treated patients from 42 U.S. states and 17 countries.

He also is a member of the Best Doctors of America, and has been in the association’s database since 1998. He has published hundreds of original scientific studies on urologic cancer, co-authored two textbooks and lectured across the U.S. and abroad.

Merrick also is director of cryosurgery services at Wheeling Hospital, which offers a new, minimally invasive therapy for treating kidney cancer that is equivalent to surgical removal of part of the kidney for early stage kidney cancer.

Merrick’s community involvement does not stop at his office door.

He created the Cancer Research Classic basketball tournament which showcases top high school basketball players from across the country in Wheeling. The event also provides an opportunity to promote men’s health awareness. Tournament participants and attendees receive information on prostate cancer, BPH, testicular cancer and overall wellness.

YMCA officials said Merrick was an obvious choice for the YMCA Light of the Valley award for his work with youth and for bringing a better awareness of men’s health in the Ohio Valley.

“We are honored to present this award to Dr. Merrick. He is a world renowned cancer doctor,” Shinsky said. “He has brought the nation’s best high school basketball tournament the CRC to Wheeling. He has a true passion to help improve youth basketball in our area and, has been a longtime friend of the Wheeling YMCA.”


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