About Me

As a neurologist, I focus on advanced therapeutic options for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and tremor disorders. In particular, I use deep brain stimulation (DBS), intestinal and subcutaneous infusions, and other advanced therapeutic procedures. I also specialize in the treatment of dystonia, blepharospasm and other movement disorders with botulin toxin under electromyographic guidance.

I strongly believe in developing a therapeutic alliance with each patient to help them find appropriate treatment.

What I like most about Ohio State is the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration between neurologists, neurosurgeons and basic science researchers. It’s a perfect match to advance the clinical and research standards of neuroscience into the era of human-technology interface.

In my spare time, I enjoy working out and traveling.
  • Author of more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications in international medical journals
  • A regular speaker at national and international meetings
  • Recipient of grants and research support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pharmaceutical companies
  • Principal investigator of several clinical trials and research studies

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Blepharospasm
  • Infusions, Subcutaneous
  • Dystonia
  • Movement Disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Tremor
  • Deep Brain Stimulation

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of Torino, Torino, Italy,
10/1/1998 - 10/20/2004


Universita Degli Studi di Torino, Torino,

2/1/2005 - 12/31/2009

Graduate Program

Universita Degli Studi di Torino, Torino,
1/1/2010 - 12/31/2013

Academic Information

My Department



The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

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117 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Mar 03, 2021

    All good.

  • Reviewed on Mar 01, 2021

    We thought the doctor spent a lot of time with us, and seemed very interested in my husband's care.

  • Reviewed on Feb 05, 2021

    He (Dr. Merola) is very responsive - but - would have asked more questions - given more time.

  • Reviewed on Jan 05, 2021

    Very thoroughly explained treatment options.

  • Reviewed on Jan 03, 2021

    Very professional, informative, and thorough.

  • Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020


  • Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

    Dr. explained all my options very well.

  • Reviewed on Dec 06, 2020

    Excellent- great communicator - took a lot of time with me

  • Reviewed on Dec 06, 2020

    very informative; inspired trust

  • Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

    Informative, excellent.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Merola has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Theravance, Inc.
  • AbbVie Inc.