Merit DNA

Unique, Just Like You.

Merit Medical Centers ("Merit") owns and operates comprehensive medical centers with advanced onsite surgical units. Annually we provide personalized care to thousands of patients, and for over 40 years we have been providing our physicians with the dedicated medical resources and facilities they need to attain accurate diagnosis, and deliver effective treatments.

For our physicians being a part of Merit, is about being part of a unique patient-focused healthcare organization, and the continuation of a 40-year history dedicated to helping people. We are an organization where people have been and always are the highest priority, and where our patients' wellbeing is our greatest achievements.

Merit was created, when we decided the best way ensure that patients received premier care that met our exacting standards was to create a patient oriented medical center. A medical center where physician specialists provide services under our single set of values, and with premier medical resources at their fingertips.

Every day we provide care to patients who have a wide range of personal health and wellness goals, and our Vision, Mission and Values are the very essence of what guide us in the day-to-day provision of care that helps us, help our patients achieve their goals.


Provide care to patients as an advocate they can trust, so they can experience the positive life changing benefits such support can make.

Our Mission

Provide health and wellness solutions with the ongoing support, which give patients the peace of mind and confidence they need to achieve their personal goals.

Our Values

We are in it together.

We will be with you every step of the healthcare process, and together with you, we will manage your care to get the best results. Together, with our patients, we will succeed in ensuring the best care, and in helping our patients achieve their goals.

Making and keeping our promise.

Every healthcare professional must make, keep and commit whole heartily to the Merit promise. A promise to provide care that enables our patients to experience the benefits of a having an advocate they can trust – we call this promise the "Experience Trust" promise.

Only the best will do.

We retain only best healthcare professionals, use only the most advanced technology, put forth only the best efforts, and apply the use of only most effective treatments in the care of our patients.


Dr. Andrew Fanelli D.O., F.A.C.G., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.F.E., A.G.A.F.

Chief of Medicine and Co-Founder

As the Chief of Medicine and a true "patient's physician", Dr. Fanelli continues to dedicated his time to patient care, as well as ensures that the quality of patient care across all Merit specialties meets Merit's Vision, Mission and Values.

Dr. Fanelli was raised in Philadelphia, coming from very humble origins, as a boy he did not have much in the way of luxury and comforts, but he had a loving mother and father who taught him the value of hard work and commitment to community, which he carried forward to dedicate a career to helping people and achieving the highest professional accolades.

Dr. Fanelli's dedication and passion for caring for patients was evident in 1969 when he graduated first in his medical college, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, His academic record merited him early recognition in his field and many honors, including a cancer research and teaching grant; and for 3 consecutive years, a grant from the National Institute of Health. Upon graduating, he was recipient of the Homer Mackey Memorial Award for the highest scholastic achievement in four years of medical school.

Over his 46-year career, since his graduation, Dr Fanelli's outstanding dedication has earned the highest professional honors, as a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the A.O.A. and A.M.A.; is a member of Scientific Advisor to the Ileitis and Colitis Society; and is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and Physicians. In addition to his clinical responsibilities as a physician, he also educated other doctors and published numerous valued research papers on a variety of gastrointestinal complications.

In addition to his medical career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Fanelli, is a devoted husband and loving father of four children and a growing bundle of adorable grandchildren. Working and living through the ever changing healthcare industry, several core truths have remained resolute. Dr. Fanelli still loves being a physician, he truly identifies with and appreciates his patients, and he remains dedicated in caring for his fellow human-beings. He believes that the life of a doctor is one of commitment towards caring for others and this life of service should be part of a physician’s core being.

Over your 40-year career, you have achieved some of the highest accolades in the healthcare, how did you achieve this?

I have received numerous forms of recognitions that is true, but my true accolades and testament to my success as a physician, is the health and wellness of my patients. I simply love what I do, and the patients I work with, I am thankful that I have the opportunity and ability to help people.

What do you expect of physicians that work at Merit?

We expect our physicians to truly embody our values, always strive for self-improvement, and to be the best of the best. Treat patients the same way you would treat your own family.

Most physicians I see have only MD or DO after their name, what do all the additional letters after your doctor's name mean?

Some Gastroenterologists receive special recognition from national societies when they demonstrate extraordinary achievement in research, teaching, or other unique accomplishments in service to the field of Gastroenterology. The American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians designate such physicians as "Fellows" and the suffixes FACG and FACP are added to denote these honors. This means that these physicians have surpassed the respective organizations' rigorous requirements to gain these additional distinctions.

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Dr. Samuel Bae

RGC Gastroenterologist

With his career spanning over 25 years Dr. Samuel Bae is recognized by his peers as a top gastroenterologist, as is reflected in that he held numerous peer elected leadership positions at top-hospitals and the Hunterdon Medical Gastroenterology Associates.

Dr. Bae was elected as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, a ranking member of the Cancer Care Committee, and Quality Assurance Committee Chair. Additionally, Dr. Bae has received numerous awards including America’s Top Physician, Patients’ Choice Award, Physicians’ Choice Award, and The Nurses’ Choice Award.

Also, while working with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Bae held both clinical and research positions specializing in cancer prevention and treatment using the latest in medical technology, as well as patient lifestyle and nutrition optimizing. The significant findings Dr. Bae made in the areas of cancer prevention and treatment has been presented at major medical conferences, and his expert opinions have been widely published.

With that being said, Dr. Bae’s accolades do not go to his head, he is a down-to-earth physician, with the well-being of his patients remaining as his highest priority. As a dedicated physician, husband to a wonderful wife, and father to four great children, Dr. Bae appreciates the importance of listening to others, and interacts with his patients as he does his family. Dr. Bae wants to get to know his patients, and give his patients a chance to know him, so that he can render to them care best helps them achieve their health and life goals.

Being a physician is a vested profession, where a doctor and patient have an important relationship based on personalized care that enables clinical success, Dr. Bae appreciates this important attribute of his profession, and takes to heart the wellbeing of his patients, being 100% committed to supporting them.

Why did you decide to become a gastroenterologist?

In medical school, the Division Chief of gastroenterology was also my professor, and I am glad to say later a friend.  He sparked my curiosity about digestive diseases, with the idea of being able to perform an endoscopy to help diagnose and treat patients was very exciting to me. Imagine being able to help and treat a person without an extensive open surgery, how could you not be enthralled with that prospect!

Also, after working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I specialized in the prevention and treatment of cancer, which is challenging, but highly rewarding, and being in gastroenterology puts me as a professional in the center of cancer management and in one of the best places to help people.

What is the best part about being a doctor?

The best part of being a doctor is the ability to help others.  I tell my children that it's the relationships that we have with one another - family members, friends, or for me my interactions with my patients - that help define who we are.  I feel fortunate that I can meet many new people every day, and not only make their lives better, and in some cases perhaps even save their lives!

Is providing personalized medical care for people, really that important?

I have held many positions, including leading my department as Chairman of Medicine and teaching residents and fellows, and have been increasingly discouraged by the continued erosion of personal interaction between doctors and patients.  In fact, I’ve seen some doctors look more at the computer screen instead of talking to their patient!  Medicine has changed, and that personal connection, once the foundation of quality, has taken a back seat to x- rays and labs, statistics and seeing how many patients you can see in 1 hour.   That is why when I see a patient, I speak with them one-on-one basis, to address not only specific gastrointestinal concerns, but also to understand their health goals as an individual, and it is this personalized care that enables me to diagnosis and treat patient effectively.

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