William R. Bliss Cancer Center
1111 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010
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1111 Duff Ave
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Dr Merchant has been my oncologist since 2018. I absolutely adore him, and I trust the healthcare plan he has set in motion for me since day 1. He's always kind and courteous, and very knowledgeable about my situation, and if he doesn't know something he seeks out the answers. I love the fact that he will hug us patients and let us know that he cares. That's the one thing I really like about him is his empathy for his patients. His nursing staff is super awesome as well. I adore every one of those girls, and they do a wonderful job with us patients. They're hard-working, kind, and very knowledgeable about their jobs. I give props to all of his team!
March 29, 2023
Dr. Merchant is extremely intelligent and provides thorough, comprehensive and compassionate cancer care. His professionalism, patience and kindness is complete and appreciated.
March 13, 2023
Took his time. Very peronable. Concerned and informative. Answered all my questions
February 28, 2023
Dr. Merchant is an excellent physician who is experienced, highly competent, very personable, efficient, and does an excellent job of patient communication regarding medical conditions and treatment.
February 13, 2023
I appreciate that Dr. Merchant takes the time to get to know me and what I do, instead of just making a medical diagnosis. He takes the time needed to make a full analysis of my current well-being.
January 19, 2023
Dr. Merchant is very thorough and takes time to discuss. I appreciate his patience and kindness.
January 17, 2023
I love Dr. Mrerchant, he explans everything so I can understand and the reception peoole and lab techs are always so up beat and helpful too.
January 10, 2023
Dr. Merchant is a very fine doctor, and he provided excellent care at my recent appointment. Dr. Merchant went over my lab work with me, he patiently listened to the feedback that I gave to him, and his plan of action was clear. I really appreciate Dr. Merchant’s personal concern for my well-being, and I feel fortunate to have such a knowledgeable, compassionate doctor on my health care team.
December 30, 2022
Takes time to listen, hears my concerns, involves me in my care. Very grateful for Dr Merchant!
December 29, 2022
Very good with explanation of what and how the treatment will help. Also what to expect in the future. Would highly recommend the doctor to anyone! Thank you very much.
December 9, 2022
Excelente mi Doctor y además Excelente como persona
November 16, 2022
We are extremely pleased with my care at the clinic. We especially appreciate Dr. Merchant's thorough explanation and professional and personal approach to my treatment.
November 15, 2022
Dr Merchant was extremely informative and thoroughly explained to me my health situation and treatment options. I felt comfortable with his recommendation and path forward.
November 15, 2022
Dr. Merchant is an excellent physician. He takes the time to explain issues and ensure I understand.
October 19, 2022
Very knowledgeable with cancer diagnosis, is able and aware of making sure patient understands things as well. Does not rush through appointments
September 13, 2022
Dr Merchant is so kind, caring and very intelligent! He treats me with empathy and I highly recommend him as my doctor!
September 12, 2022
Dr Merchant is very thorough, intuitive and organized. I felt comfortable with the plan put in place for future care.
September 7, 2022
Dr. Merchant is very personable and caring. He takes time to answer questions and provides explanations that are easy to understand.
July 27, 2022
The doctor we saw the hematologist. Did a wonderful job. He was very informative. We felt that we were not only listened to but also informed on next steps. It was a very good experience and we really appreciate it.
July 16, 2022
Dr. Merchant was very kind, patient and professional with me. He didn’t rush my consultation and got my treatment/procedures scheduled quickly. I feel that I’m in good hands.
June 20, 2022
Estoy muy satisfecha por los cuidados médicos recibidos en mcfarland tienen un personal muy profesional y amable comenzando por los doctores y el personal de enfermería y front desk bien amables y atentos y me siento muy confortable en la comunicación ya que no es mi primer idioma inglés
June 10, 2022
Dr. Merchant is always pleasant, very professional, and easy to talk with. I feel fortunate to have him for my doctor.
May 6, 2022
As Dr. Merchant literally saved my life, what he says has a strong impact on the decisions that I make medically, especially with covid. He demonstrates concern for the well-being of his patients. I appreciate and respect the care he has shown me.
May 1, 2022
Dr Merchant is an amazing physician. I have been one of his patients for the last five years and he is truely one of the best. He has always explained what is going on and what to look for. Always is very concerned and listens to all concerns. He is one man I will always admire!!
April 28, 2022
Dr Merchant is a very caring and wonderful Dr. He always explains everything and makes me feel at ease during my visits. I would recommend him to any person needing his type of care.
March 4, 2022
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Education & Professional Certification
- Diplomate - American Board of Internal Medicine
- Certified as a Diplomate in Hematology
- Certified as a Diplomate in Medical Oncology
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
- BA, 1983-1987
University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
- MD, 1988-1992
University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA, 1993-1996
- Internal Medicine
University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, Madison, WI
- Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology, 1999-2002
- American College of Physicians
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- American Society of Hematology
- Iowa Medical Society
- Story County Medical Society
Professional & Personal Interests
- Vice President - Iowa Oncology Society
- Principal Investigator - Cooperative group trials, Bliss Cancer Center
- Member, McFarland Clinic Board of Directors
- Department Chair, McFarland Clinic Ames Oncology
- Member, McFarland Clinic Quality Council
- McFarland Clinic Cancer Committee, Mary Greeley Medical Center
Hobbies and Personal Interests
- Youth soccer coaching/volunteering
- Past president, Ames Soccer Club
- Iowa Oncology Society