Melinda, Merchant MD, PhD, Head, Clinical Sarcoma Program
Dr. Merchant received her MD and PhD 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 extensive experience in the clinical management of childhood sarcomas as well as an active interest in the translation of immunotherapies and molecularly targeted therapy in pediatric solid tumors, including bone and soft tissue tumors, melanoma, and neuroblastoma.