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.
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