A well-informed partnership
for your healthcare

East Bay Brain & Spine Medical Group believes in educating patients in order to help them make well-informed decisions. We aim to maximize function, avoid surgery when possible, and to minimize recovery time so that patients return to their activities as quickly as possible. Using clear explanations and conversation, we take great pride in guiding patients through stressful times in their lives.

Dr. Maxwell Merkow Speaks

Maxwell B. Merkow, MD

Dr. Merkow is a neurosurgeon with East Bay Brain & Spine Medical Group in Walnut Creek, California. He specializes in minimally invasive/endoscopic approaches for common and complex spinal disorders as well as brain and pituitary tumors. Dr. Merkow treats Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor with deep brain stimulation devices, and he alleviates facial pain via microvascular decompression and stereotactic radiosurgery. His practice also includes the management of cerebral aneurysms.

After receiving his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Merkow, completed a seven-year residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. As a postdoctoral research fellow he studied the brain rhythms that underpin human memory and the effect of direct brain stimulation on memory. His research, also completed at the University of Pennsylvania, appeared in the journals Science and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among others. Dr. Merkow completed a clinical fellowship at Wellington Public Hospital in New Zealand.

Dr. Merkow practices in Walnut Creek and has privileges at John Muir Medical Center’s Walnut Creek Campus.

Michelle Marino

Office Manager/Medical Assistant

Michelle brings more than 10 years of clinical experience to East Bay Brain & Spine Medical Group. Above all she is a patient advocate. Michelle’s dedication and caring nature manifest in the highest level of service to our patients.

Yadira Martinez

Medical Assistant

Yadira brings a passion for helping those in need to East Bay Brain & Spine. The practice and our patients benefit from her diligence, sensitivity, and caring attitude. She is an integral member of our team. In her free time Yadira likes to enjoy time with her friends and family, explore new hiking trails, and try new recipes.