Provider Profile

Saint Luke’s Care Member

Provider Profile

Jim I Mertz, MD

Call to make an appointment 816-531-0552


Medical School
University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS
Med/Internal, Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Med/Nephrology, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN
Mayo College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Subspecialty in Nephrology


Dr. Jim Mertz is board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology. He has been in practice for 40 years. Dr. Mertz is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Mertz earned his medical degree in 1973 from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas, and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.  He then completed his clinical nephrology fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was later appointed as an instructor in medicine. Dr.  Mertz also served as a Major in the United States Air Force Medical Corps Department of Internal Medicine at Sheppard Regional Hospital located at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

Dr. Mertz is currently with the Mayo Nephrology Collaborative Group for the study of glomerulonephritis.  He is also a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney foundation.

Awards and recognitions Dr. Mertz has received throughout his career include: United States Air Force Commendation Medal, Appointment of Fellow- American College of Physicians; Appointment of Fellow- American Society of Nephrology; Appointment to Saint Luke’s Medical Endowment Society for Medical education; House staff Teaching Award for Saint Luke’s Hospital; Squire’s “Doctor’s Choice” Physician 1997; America’s Top Physicians 2003, 2006, 2013; and was listed in “Best Doctors in America” 2005 through 2013. He also received the Patient’s Choice Award in 2011 and 2012 and was named America’s Most Compassionate Doctor in 2012. 

Outside of practicing medicine, Dr. Mertz enjoys traveling with his family which include; his wife Veronica and their three children Josh, Joey and Jessica.  He is a member of St. Ann’s church in Prairie Village, Kansas. He is also an active member and supporter of the KU endowment Society and the KU Chancellor’s club.

On Staff At

  • Hedrick Medical Center
  • Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
  • Wright Memorial Hospital