Dr. Klaus Mergener attended medical school in Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany, and at Duke University and Harvard University in the U.S. He completed his MD/PhD-thesis summa cum laude with 2008 Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Harald zur Hausen at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg before returning to Duke University for his residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in gastroenterology. He received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
A diplomat in several national medical organizations, Dr. Mergener is board-certified in Gastroenterology, Medical Management, and Healthcare Quality Management. He is a Partner at Digestive Health Specialists in Tacoma, WA, and an Affiliate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
Dr. Mergener is a recent member of the Governing Board of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the current Vice-Chair of the ASGE Foundation Board of Trustees. From 2009 through 2014 he served as Associate Editor for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the world’s preeminent publication related to the development and practice of GI endoscopy.
Dr. Mergener’s areas of clinical expertise include cancer prevention, interventional endoscopy, biliary and pancreatic diseases. He has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters, and has presented invited lectures at regional, national, and international conferences. Becker’s ASC Review lists him as one of the nation’s “Top Gastroenterologists”. He serves on several advisory boards for endoscopic equipment and accessory manufacturers and has made presentations to government agencies, business leadership and a variety of industry groups across the US and abroad.
Dr. Mergener is the founder and director of the GI Roundtable, an annual conference of GI practice leaders and administrators who come together to assess the implications of healthcare reform on gastroenterology and jointly develop strategies to continuously optimize the care for patients with GI diseases.
In addition to his clinical and administrative activities, Dr. Mergener enjoys volunteer medical service. He has worked for extended periods of time at hospitals in various developing countries including Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Dr. Mergener is fortunate to be supported by his wife, Dr. Sabine Endrigkeit, and their kids Johanna and Philipp who share his passion for volunteerism and community service.