A photo of Carl Merrow.

Corning Benton Chair for Radiology Education, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

Associate Professor, UC Department of Radiology


Board Certified

"My goal is to ease the suffering and stress of patients and families by providing exceptional care through expert medical imaging and communication."

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric radiologist, my goal is to ease the suffering and stress of patients and families by providing exceptional care through expert medical imaging and communication. I was inspired to pursue my career by the pediatric radiologists and other pediatric subspecialists that I worked with during medical school and residency in Birmingham, Alabama.

Diagnostic radiologists put a great deal of work into making sure our imaging studies provide as much clarity as possible for patients, their families and the referring clinical physicians. This precision includes tailoring the exam specifically for the patient and the concerns of the pediatrician.

I am also passionate about the education of future and current healthcare providers. In 2011, I received the first annual Faculty Educational Achievement Award from among all junior faculty of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In five of the last ten years, I’ve been awarded the Corning Benton Outstanding Educator Award from graduating classes of pediatric radiology fellows.

In research, I have collaborated with numerous clinical subspecialty physicians to improve imaging, diagnosis and treatment of various disorders of the pediatric musculoskeletal system, including many types of vascular tumors and malformations.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running and playing with my family — including our dogs, Lola and Max.

Clinical Interests

Musculoskeletal and fetal imaging; imaging of vascular anomalies including neoplasms and malformations

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Radiology

Clinical Divisions

Radiology, Histiocytosis Center

Research Divisions


My Education

MD: University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2001.

Internship: Transitional, Baptist Health Systems, Birmingham, AL, 2002.

Residency: Diagnostic Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2006.

Fellowship: Pediatric Radiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cinicinnati, OH, 2007.

Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 2006; Certificate of Added Qualification in Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 2008; Maintenance of Certification, Diplomat, American Board of Radiology, 2017.

My Publications

Utilization of 3-T fetal magnetic resonance imaging in clinical practice: a single-institution experience. Nagaraj, UD; Calvo-Garcia, MA; Merrow, AC; Zhang, B; Tkach, JA; Kline-Fath, BM. Pediatric Radiology. 2021.

RESPECT: Radiology Employees Striving for Productive and Effective Communication. Towbin, AJ; Smith, RL; Smith, EA. Radiographics. 2020; 40:2068-2079.

Spaced radiology: encouraging durable memory using spaced testing in pediatric radiology. Morin, CE; Hostetter, JM; Jeudy, J; Kim, WG; McCabe, JA; Merrow, AC; Ropp, AM; Shet, NS; Sidhu, AS; Kim, JS. Pediatric Radiology. 2019; 49:990-999.

Non-contrast three-dimensional gradient recalled echo Dixon-based magnetic resonance angiography/venography in children. Dillman, JR; Trout, AT; Merrow, AC; Moore, RA; Rattan, MS; Crotty, EJ; Fleck, RJ; Yoneyama, M; Wang, H; Tkach, JA. Pediatric Radiology. 2019; 49:407-414.

Evidence of Normal Alveolar Size in Pediatric Generalized Lymphatic Anomaly. Walkup, LL; Towe, CT; Bdaiwi, A; Merrow, AC; Hammill, AM; Cleveland, ZI; Woods, JC. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2018.

Pediatric Parotid Region Lesions: An Imaging Review. Guerin, JB; Johnson, DR; Koch, BL; Merrow, AC; O'Brien, WT; Kalina, P. 2018; 8:394-412.

Decreased rectal meconium signal on MRI in fetuses with open spinal dysraphism. Nagaraj, UD; Calvo-Garcia, MA; Merrow, AC; Zhang, B; Kline-Fath, BM. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2018; 38:870-875.

Fowler syndrome and fetal MRI findings: a genetic disorder mimicking hydranencephaly/hydrocephalus. Kline-Fath, BM; Jr, MA C; Calvo-Garcia, MA; Nagaraj, UD; Saal, HM. Pediatric Radiology. 2018; 48:1032-1034.

Imaging of Pediatric Growth Plate Disturbances. Nguyen, JC; Markhardt, BK; Merrow, AC; Dwek, JR. Radiographics. 2017; 37:1791-1812.

Imaging in Pediatrics E-Book. A Carlson Merrow, J; Hariharan, S. Elsevier Health Sciences.