Paediatrics Consultants

Dr Nazakat Merchant

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General information:

Name, qualifications:

Dr Nazakat Merchant MBBS; DCH; CHP; DIC; MRCPCH; FRCPCH; MD (Res) CCT (UK) Paediatrics, Subspecialty: Neonatology

Practising at:

Watford General Hospital, West Hertfordshire NHS Trust





Special clinical interests:
  • Neonatal Neurodevelopment and Follow up of High Risk Neonates
  • Neonatal Resuscitation & Simulation
  • Neonatal Research and Clinical Trials
Current posts (NHS, University:
  • Consultant Neonatologist at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Centre for the Developing Brain, King’s College London
  • Medical and Course Director, Instructor for the UK Resuscitation Neonatal Life Support Course
Year of first medical qualification:


Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
  • British Medical Association
  • General Medical Council
  • Royal College Of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • British Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • European Society of Pediatric Research
  • Medical Defence Union
Contact details:


Professional profile

I initially completed my medical and paediatric training in Mumbai, India and retrained in the UK in Paediatrics followed by Subspeciality Grid training in Neonatology in London, UK.

I became interested in neonatal research, neurology and clinical trials and completed a Certificate in Human Pharmacology from Royal College of Physicians, UK and MD (Research) degree from University of London (Imperial College London) with my thesis on ‘Pharmacokinetics of Melatonin as a Neuroprotectant in Preterm Infants’.

I was appointed as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College and later at King’s College London and worked at the Centre for the Developing Brain with Professor David Edwards and Professor Denis Azzopardi and been research active with MRC clinical trials such as MIND, MINT, TOBY Xenon and recently been the Principal Investigator for Baby OSCAR trial at Watford. I have been a substantive neonatal consultant at West Hertfordshire NHS since 2014.

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