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Jennifer R. Merchant, MD


Doctor of Medicine


Accepting new patients
No Referral Required

Conditions & Treatments

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Facilities & Clinics

  1. St. Luke's Children's Hospital - Neonatology

    • Address
      190 E Bannock St Boise, ID 83712
    • Phone
      (208) 381-2661
      (208) 381-2893

  2. St. Luke's Magic Valley NICU

    • Address
      801 Pole Line Rd W Twin Falls, ID 83301
    • Phone
      (208) 814-3620
      (208) 814-3911

About Jennifer R. Merchant


Jennifer Merchant, MD cares for newborns in St. Luke's neonatal intensive care units (NICU). She also serves as medical director of the St. Luke's Children's NICU Follow-Up Clinic where the growth and development of our highest-risk patients are monitored and supported with early interventions.

Dr. Merchant provides family-centered care that focuses on optimizing long-term development and health. She is passionate about nutrition in the NICU and its impact on neurodevelopment. To support this interest, she is involved in development of nutrition and feeding protocols as part of a multidisciplinary feeding group. Dr. Merchant has also recently participated in research on low-renin hypertension in neonates. She is also developing of a registry of St. Luke's NICU patients' long-term outcomes to inform continual improvement of our neonatal care.

Dr. Merchant is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. Prior to her current role, she served as assistant medical director of the NICU at St. Luke's Magic Valley.

In her free time, Dr. Merchant enjoys hiking and camping in Idaho and the Intermountain West and spending time with her husband and three kids.

Dr. Merchant cares for babies in the NICU at St. Luke’s Boise, Magic Valley, Meridian, and Nampa.

  • Medical School

    University of Minnesota
  • Residency

    University of Minnesota
  • Fellowship

    University of Minnesota School of Medicine
  • Board Certification

    Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
  • Gender

  • Languages Spoken



Jenkins R, Tackitt S, Gievers L, Iragorri S, Sage K, Cornwall T, O'Riordan D, Merchant J, Rozansky D. Phthalate-associated hypertension in premature infants: a prospective mechanistic cohort study. Pediatr Nephrol. 2019 Aug;34(8):1413-1424.

Respiratory instability of term and near term healthy newborn infants in car seat safety seats. JR Merchant MD, C Worwa CRRT, S Porter RRT, JM Coleman MD, RO deRegnier MD. Pediatrics 2000; 108:647-652

Gestational age and prolonged physiologic instability are correlated with preschool cognitive function in premature infants 32 weeks gestation. JR Merchant MD, FR Mattia MD, RO deRegnier MD. Pediatrics Res 1999; 45(4):251A (1475)

Effect of isolated and combined intrauterine hypoxemia and iron deficiency on intracardiac iron distribution in fetal guinea pigs. SF Guiang MD, JR Merchant MD, MA Eaton MD, KB Fandel MD, MK Georgieff MD. Canadian J Physiol and Pharm 1999; 76(9): 930-936

The redistribution of intracellular myocardial iron following intrauterine hypoxemia in iron deficient guinea pigs. SF Guiang MD, MA Eaton, JR Merchant, KB Flanagan, KL Gordon, MK Georgieff MD Pediatr Res 1994: 35:35A.

Decreased neonatal myocardial myoglobin and cytochrome c following intrauterine hypoxemia in iron deficient guinea pigs. SF Guiang MD, MA Eaton, KB Flanagan, JL Merchant, MK Georgieff MD. Pediatr Res 1993: 4(33):280A.


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