John L Merritt, MD, FACP

Tampa, Florida

General Specialty

Internal Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehab
Spinal Injury/Trauma

Specialty Focus

Brain Injury
Catastrophic Injury
Life Care Planning
Life Care Plans
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Neurology Trauma
Nursing Homes
Personal Injury
Physical Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehab
Physical Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Spinal Injury
Spinal Trauma
Standard of Care
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Primary Areas of Expertise

Physical Medicine & Rehab and Brain Injury Medicine

An active practicing physician and researcher, Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Medicine at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, in Brain Injury Medicine, and in Spinal Cord Medicine. Has served as an expert witness for over 25 years in complex, challenging, high award/value cases for spinal cord injury, brain injury, catastrophic injuries, for plaintiff and defense.

Experienced in developing, writing, and reviewing Life Care Plans. 45 years clinical experience includes: Professor at the Mayo Clinic, at University of California-Irvine, at Marquette University, at Medical College of Wisconsin, and at University of South Florida. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Medicine, & in Brain Injury Medicine. Physician, teacher, researcher, & medical expert witness. Over 25 years experience as an expert witness in complex, high profile cases for spinal cord injury, brain injury, plaintiff and defense. Skilled in developing & reviewing Life Care Plans, and establishing the medical basis of a LCP.

Dr. Merritt continues in active practice in Tampa, Florida with RehabMed South / NeuroRehab One.



  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Residency: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1976
  • Huntington Mem. Hospital, Pasadena, CA: Residency, Internal Medicine
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC: Doctor of Medicine
  • Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC BS: Chemistry


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