Melinda S. Merchant, M.D., Ph.D.
Melinda S. Merchant, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Director

Dr. Melinda Merchant is the Pediatric Oncology Branch's Clinical Director. Dr. Merchant is experienced in the clinical management of childhood sarcomas and has an active interest in the translation of immunotherapies and molcular targeted therapy in pediatric solid tumors, including bone and soft tissue tumors, melanoma, and neuroblastoma.

Areas of Expertise
1) immunotherapy 2) molecular targeted therapy, 3) pediatric solid tumors

Contact Info

Melinda S. Merchant, M.D., Ph.D.
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 10-CRC, Room 1W-3750
Bethesda, MD 20892
301-443-7955
merchanm@mail.nih.gov
Selected Recent Publications
  1. Shah NN, Baird K, Delbrook CP, Fleisher TA, Kohler ME, Rampertaap S, Lemberg K, Hurley CK, Kleiner DE, Merchant MS, Pittaluga S, Sabatino M, Stroncek DF, Wayne AS, Zhang H, Fry TJ, Mackall CL.
    Blood. 125: 784-92, 2015. [ Journal Article ]
  2. Mackall CL, Merchant MS, Fry TJ..
    Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 11: 693-703, 2014. [ Journal Article ]
  3. Magnan H, Abramson SJ, Price AP, Grewal RK, Merchant MS, LaQuaglia MP, Meyers PA.
    J Pediatr Hematol Oncol.. 35: e190-3, 2013. [ Journal Article ]
  4. Merchant MS, Geller JI, Baird K, Chou AJ, Galli S, Charles A, Amaoko M, Rhee EH, Price A, Wexler LH, Meyers PA, Widemann BC, Tsokos M, Mackall CL.
    J Clin Oncol. 30: 4141-7, 2012. [ Journal Article ]
  5. Merchant MS.
    Blood. 115: 2334-5, 2010. [ Journal Article ]

Dr. Merchant received her M.D. and Ph.D. through the Physician Scientist Program at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Her graduate work was in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and focused on B cell development. After completing residency training in pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, she joined the Pediatric Oncology Branch as a clinical fellow in 1999. She received a NCI senior clinical fellowship award to remain at NCI for further postdoctoral training in the Immunology Section under the mentorship of Dr. Crystal Mackall. In 2005, Dr. Merchant joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and served as an assistant member and attending physician on the Pediatric Sarcoma Service. She returned to the Pediatric Oncology Branch in February 2009 and brings experience in the clinical management of childhood sarcomas as well as an active interest in the translation of immunotherapies and molcular targeted therapy in pediatric solid tumors, including bone and soft tissue tumors, melanoma, and neuroblastoma.

Name Position
Sama Ahsan M.D. Clinical Fellow
Meghan Albal Special Volunteer
Catherine Albert M.D. Clinical Fellow
Melissa Amaya RN Nurse Specialist
Colleen Annesley M.D. Clinical Fellow
Alissa Baker M.D. Clinical Fellow
Amanda Carbonell RN Nurse Specialist
Wen-I (Wendy) Chang M.D. Clinical Fellow
Gordon Cohen M.D. Clinical Fellow
Stacy Cooper M.D. Clinical Fellow
Cindy Delbrook RN Senior Nurse Specialist
Sherri DePollar Patient Care Coordinator
Joanne Derdak N.P. Nurse Practitioner
Thomas Fountaine M.D. Clinical Fellow
Ruchika Goel M.D. Clinical Fellow
Masanori Hayashi M.D. Clinical Collaborator
Kyle Jackson M.D. Clinical Fellow
Orly Klein M.D. Clinical Fellow
Mark Kohler Research Collaborator (Clinical)
Michael Koldobskiy Research Collaborator (Clinical)
Bonnie Lau M.D. Clinical Fellow
Lisa McReynolds M.D. Clinical Collaborator
Terri Moore Patient Care Coordinator (Contr)
Marina Noronha F Dearruda Colli Special Volunteer
Vicki Richmond Fellowship Specialist
Nirali Shah M.D. Clinical Fellow
John (Jack) Shern M.D. Clinical Fellow
Diana Steppan M.D. Clinical Fellow
Emma Sylvester Special Volunteer
Marielle Yohe M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Collaborator
David Young Research Collaborator (Clinical)

Clinical Trials

Publications

Selected Recent Publications
  1. Shah NN, Baird K, Delbrook CP, Fleisher TA, Kohler ME, Rampertaap S, Lemberg K, Hurley CK, Kleiner DE, Merchant MS, Pittaluga S, Sabatino M, Stroncek DF, Wayne AS, Zhang H, Fry TJ, Mackall CL.
    Blood. 125: 784-92, 2015. [ Journal Article ]
  2. Mackall CL, Merchant MS, Fry TJ..
    Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 11: 693-703, 2014. [ Journal Article ]
  3. Magnan H, Abramson SJ, Price AP, Grewal RK, Merchant MS, LaQuaglia MP, Meyers PA.
    J Pediatr Hematol Oncol.. 35: e190-3, 2013. [ Journal Article ]
  4. Merchant MS, Geller JI, Baird K, Chou AJ, Galli S, Charles A, Amaoko M, Rhee EH, Price A, Wexler LH, Meyers PA, Widemann BC, Tsokos M, Mackall CL.
    J Clin Oncol. 30: 4141-7, 2012. [ Journal Article ]
  5. Merchant MS.
    Blood. 115: 2334-5, 2010. [ Journal Article ]

Biography

Dr. Merchant received her M.D. and Ph.D. through the Physician Scientist Program at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Her graduate work was in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and focused on B cell development. After completing residency training in pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, she joined the Pediatric Oncology Branch as a clinical fellow in 1999. She received a NCI senior clinical fellowship award to remain at NCI for further postdoctoral training in the Immunology Section under the mentorship of Dr. Crystal Mackall. In 2005, Dr. Merchant joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and served as an assistant member and attending physician on the Pediatric Sarcoma Service. She returned to the Pediatric Oncology Branch in February 2009 and brings experience in the clinical management of childhood sarcomas as well as an active interest in the translation of immunotherapies and molcular targeted therapy in pediatric solid tumors, including bone and soft tissue tumors, melanoma, and neuroblastoma.

Team

Name Position
Sama Ahsan M.D. Clinical Fellow
Meghan Albal Special Volunteer
Catherine Albert M.D. Clinical Fellow
Melissa Amaya RN Nurse Specialist
Colleen Annesley M.D. Clinical Fellow
Alissa Baker M.D. Clinical Fellow
Amanda Carbonell RN Nurse Specialist
Wen-I (Wendy) Chang M.D. Clinical Fellow
Gordon Cohen M.D. Clinical Fellow
Stacy Cooper M.D. Clinical Fellow
Cindy Delbrook RN Senior Nurse Specialist
Sherri DePollar Patient Care Coordinator
Joanne Derdak N.P. Nurse Practitioner
Thomas Fountaine M.D. Clinical Fellow
Ruchika Goel M.D. Clinical Fellow
Masanori Hayashi M.D. Clinical Collaborator
Kyle Jackson M.D. Clinical Fellow
Orly Klein M.D. Clinical Fellow
Mark Kohler Research Collaborator (Clinical)
Michael Koldobskiy Research Collaborator (Clinical)
Bonnie Lau M.D. Clinical Fellow
Lisa McReynolds M.D. Clinical Collaborator
Terri Moore Patient Care Coordinator (Contr)
Marina Noronha F Dearruda Colli Special Volunteer
Vicki Richmond Fellowship Specialist
Nirali Shah M.D. Clinical Fellow
John (Jack) Shern M.D. Clinical Fellow
Diana Steppan M.D. Clinical Fellow
Emma Sylvester Special Volunteer
Marielle Yohe M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Collaborator
David Young Research Collaborator (Clinical)