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Dr. Rashid H Merchant

Consultant Pediatrician
Pediatrics

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Brief Profile


Qualification

  • MBBS, DCH (BOM), MD (PEDIATRICS)
  • Fellowship in Neonatology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State Univ. Michigan, USA
  • Visiting Scholar at Univ. of London - 1979 - sponsored by the British Council of India


Experience

  • Dean & Professor - Pediatrics - B.J. Wadia Hospital for Children - Mumbai till 2001
  • Faculty- Dept. of Pediatrics - B.J. Wadia Hospital for Children
  • Honorary Professor - Pediatrics - G.S. Medical College - Mumbai
  • Director - Perinatal/ Neonatal Program, Wadia Group of Hospitals, Mumbai
  • Director - Pediatrics / Perinatal HIV Program, Wadia Group of Hospitals, Mumbai
  • Ex-Fellow - Neonatology - Wayne State Univ. Mich. USA
  • Honorary Professor of Pediatrics - Brooklyn Hospital Center, NY USA
  • Chief of Pediatrics - Asian Heart Institute - Mumbai


Awards and Achievements

  • Seth Jamnadas Berry Gold Medal - 1st in Pharmacology - 2nd M.B.B.S.- Mumbai Univ
  • J.C. Lisboa Gold Medal - 1st in Surgery - 3rd M.B.B.S.- Mumbai Univ
  • Dr. A.L. Nair Medal in Medicine
  • Dr. F.P. Soonawala Gold Medal
  • Dr. Parab’s Memorial Prize
  • Dr. T.C.F. Gold Medal (Awarded from T.N. Medical)
  • Dr. D.B. Pandya Prize (College, B.Y.L. Nair Hospital)
  • Dr. H.A. Maniar Prize (Mumbai)
  • Dr. V.G. Rele’s Prize
  • Dr. S.S. Rao Scholarship
  • Dr. G.P. Nair Scholarship
  • Shri Doongarshi A. Karias Prize
  • Highest Marks - 2nd M.B.B.S. (April 1996)
  • Stood 1st - 2nd M.B.B.S. - Mumbai University, October, 1966
  • Stood 2nd -3rd M.B.B.S. - Mumbai University, April, 1967
  • Clementina DeSa Prize - 1st in D.C.H. - B.J. Wadia Child Hospital, April 1970.
  • Stood 2nd -MD (Pediatrics) - Mumbai University, October 1971


Membership

  • Member IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Member NNF (National Neonatology Forum)
  • Member ISOPARB (Indian Society of Perinatology and Reproductive Biology)
  • Member ASI (AIDS Society of India)
  • Member FIT (Federation of Indian Thalassemics)
  • Member IMA (Indian Medical Association)


Research and Publications

  • Edited and Authored a Textbook “Pediatric and Perinatal HIV” -2012 Director - Perinatal/ Neonatal Program, Wadia Group of Hospitals, Mumbai
  • Merchant, R., et al., Type І Hyper IgM Syndrome with Novel Mutation from India. Indian journal of pediatrics, 2013.
  • Merchant, R. and M. Lala, Common clinical problems in children living with HIV/AIDS: systemic approach. Indian journal of pediatrics, 2012. 79(11): p. 1506-1513.
  • Merchant, R., et al., Efficacy and safety of deferasirox for reducing total body and cardiac iron in thalassemia. Indian pediatrics, 2012. 49(4): p. 281-285.
  • Merchant, R., J. Ahmed, and N. Ahmad, XDR TB in a Case of IL12Rβ1 Deficiency: A Case Report of Mendelian Susceptibility to Mycobacterial Disease from India. Indian journal of pediatrics, 2012.
  • Merchant, R., Editorial: the clinical features of HIV and methods to prevent its transmission. Indian journal of pediatrics, 2012. 79(11): p. 1489-1490.
  • Lala, M. and R. Merchant, Vertical transmission of HIV-an update. Indian journal of pediatrics, 2012. 77(11): p. 1270-1276.
  • Lala, M. and R. Merchant, Prevention on parent to child transmission of HIV - what is new? Indian journal of pediatrics, 2012. 79(11): p. 1491-1500.
  • Merchant, R., A. Shirodkar, and J. Ahmed, Evaluation of growth, puberty and endocrine dysfunctions in relation to iron overload in multi transfused Indian thalassemia patients. Indian journal of pediatrics, 2011. 78(6): p. 679-683.
  • Merchant, R., et al., Evaluation of cardiac iron load by cardiac magnetic resonance in thalassemia. Indian pediatrics, 2011. 48(9): p. 697-701.
  • Merchant, R., et al., Evaluation of osteopathy in thalassemia by bone mineral densitometry and biochemical indices. Indian journal of pediatrics, 2010. 77(9): p. 987-991.
  • Merchant, R., et al., L-carnitine in beta thalassemia. Indian pediatrics, 2010. 47(2): p. 165-167.
  • Lala, M. and R. Merchant, Vertical transmission of HIV-an update. Indian journal of pediatrics, 2010. 77(11): p. 1270-1276.
  • Italia, K., et al., Effect of hydroxyurea on the transfusion requirements in patients with severe HbE-beta-thalassaemia: a genotypic and phenotypic study. Journal of clinical pathology, 2010. 63(2): p. 147-150.
  • Italia, K., et al., The effect of UGT1A1 promoter polymorphism on bilirubin response to hydroxyurea therapy in hemoglobinopathies. Clinical biochemistry, 2010. 43(16-17): p. 1329-1332.
  • Italia, K., et al., Response to hydroxyurea in beta thalassemia major and intermedia: experience in western India. Clinicachimicaacta; international journal of clinical chemistry,2009. 407(1-2): p. 10-15.
  • Merchant, R., et al., Pre- and post-therapy MR imaging in fibrodysplasiaossificansprogressiva. Pediatric radiology, 2006. 36(10): p. 1108-1111.
  • Merchant, R. and M. Lala, Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV--an overview. The Indian journal of medical research, 2005. 121(4): p. 489-501.
  • Merchant, R. and Z. Quadir, Management of opportunistic infections in pediatric HIV. Indian journal of pediatrics, 2002. 69(11): p. 973-977.


Overseas Training

  • Fellowship in Neonatology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State Univ. Michigan, USA. 
  • Study Tour at Univ. of London - 1979 - sponsored by the British Council of India. 
  • Attended 17th International Conference of Pediatrics as Official Delegate of Indian Academy of Pediatrics - at Manila, Philippines - November, 1983. 
  • Presented 2 papers at the above conference on:
    • Hemolytic disease of newborns in Rh ‘D’ positive mothers.
    • Serum Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium levels in newborns. 
  • Attended 5th Asea-Oceanic Congress on Perinatology - at Bali, Indonesia - July, 1988 as Official Delegate of Indian Society of Perinatology & Reproductive Biology. 
  • Presented 3 papers at the above conference:
    • Birth Asphyxia - Indian experience.
    • Efficacy of Exchange Transfusion.
    • Late hemorrhagic disease of newborns. 
  • Participated in Perinatology Workshop (Nestle’s) at Berlin - May, 1990 - as Official Delegate/ Observer of Indian Academy of Pediatrics. 
  • Participated in the 13th European Conference of Perinatology at Amsterdam - May, 1992. Presented 3 papers :
    • Serum & CSF bilirubin parameters in Neonatal Jaundice.
    • Neonatal Polycythemia & Hyperviscosity.
    • Theophylline therapy for prevention of Apnoea of pre maturity. 
  • Invited as Visiting Professor to the Dept. of Neonatology & Perinatal Medicine at Children’s Hospital, Univ. Of Vienna, Austria - June, 1993.
  • Attended 10th International Conference on HIV/ AIDS at Yokohama, Japan - August, 1994. Read a paper on Prevalence of HIV in ante natal population & follow-up of infants in Bombay.
  • Invited as Visiting Professor to Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (USA). Conferred Visiting Professorship at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State Univ.
  • HIV Publications

  • HIV Encephalopathy - Indian Pediatrics - pp. 363-366 - Oct 1996. 
  • Mother to Child Transmission of HIV - NNF Bulletin - Vol. II Jan/Mar 1997.
  • HIV Infection in Children - Bombay Hospital Journal, Vol. 39 pp. 119-122, 1997.
  • Preventing Vertical Transmission of HIV (Editorial) - Indian Pediatrics, pp. 149-153, Jan 1997.
  • HIV Seroprevalence in TB & Chronic Diarrhea - Indian Pediatrics, pp. 883-887, Sept 1998.
  • Viral Infection in Newborns through Exchange Transfusion - Indian Journal of Pediatrics, pp. 723-728, 1998.
  • HIV Disease in Women and Children in Bombay - The AIDS Reader, Ed. Jeff Laurence - Sep/Oct 1998.
  • Cellular & Humoral factors in Colostrum of HIV Infected Women - Indian Pediatrics, pp. 362-367, Apr 1999. 
  • Clinical Manifestations of HIV in Children in “HIV Infection in Women & Children” - Editors - Drs. Rashid Merchant & Kaizad Damania, pp. 133-145, 1999. 
  • Profile of HIV Infection - Advances in Animal Virology, Editors - S. Jameel & L. Villarreal - Oxford & IBH Publishing, New Delhi, pp. 371-381, 2000.
  • Strategy for Preventing Vertical Transmission of HIV - India Pediatrics, pp. 132-138, Feb 2001.
  • Clinical Profile of HIV Infection - Indian Pediatrics, pp. 239-246, Mar 2001.
  • Perinatally Transmitted HHV-6 in Children born with HIV - The Journal of Human Virology.
  • Pediatric HIV Infections - published in “Recent Advances in Pediatrics” - Ed. Suraj Gupte.
  • Management of Opportunistic Infections in Pediatric HIV - Indian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 69 - Nov 2002.
  • Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV - An Overview - Indian Journal of Medical Research, Apr 2002

  • Thalassemia Presentations / Conferences / Academic Activities

  • Thalassemia International Federation Conference
    Title: Cardiac evaluation in thalassemia
    Jan 2006- Dubai
    Poster presentation 
  • International Osteoporosis Federation
    Title: Evaluation of osteopathy in thalassemia by bone mineral densitometry and biochemical indices
    June2006 – Canada
    Poster presentation
  • Training program by thalassemia international federation – (TIF)
    Nov 2006 – Cypress
  • ICMR Golden Jubilee celebration international conference on emerging trends in hematology & Immune hematology
    Title: thalassemic osteopathy - evaluation by biochemical indices & bone densitometry
    Jan 2007 - Mumbai India
    Poster presentation
  • 25th International Congress of Pediatrics
    a) Evaluation by bone mineral densitometry & biochemical indices in thalassemia (oral presentation)
    b) Cardiac evaluation in thalassemia by cardiac MRI and NT pro bnp (poster presentation) Aug 2007 Greece
  • Euro pediatrics conference June 2008 –Istanbul, Turkey
    a) Study of L-Carnitine levels in beta thalassemia patients - poster presentation.
    b) Oeteoporosis in thalassemia - Evaluation by bone mineral densitometry and biochemical indices - poster presentation
    c) Evaluation of cardiac status in thalassemia by cardiac MRI & NT probnp poster presentation
     
  • Invitation Lecture on “Oestoporosis in Thalasemia” held by Thalassemia welfare Society National Conference - Aug 2008, Delh 
  • International Thalassemia conference 2008 (TIF) – Singapore Oct-2008
    a) Study of L-Carnitine levels in beta thalassemia patients- poster presentation
    b) Osteoporosis in thalassemia - Evaluation by bone mineral densitometry and biochemical indices - poster presentation
    c). Evaluation of cardiac status in thalassemia by cardiac MRI & NT probnp poster presentation
    d) Clinical & Hematological response to Hydroxyurea in Beta Thalassemia inwestern India (ICMR & Nanavati Hosp. Mumbai)
  • Iron Summit 2009 – Jakarta, Indonesia, July 09 “Indian Experience in Chelation in India”
  • Coolies Anemia Conference – New York, USA October 09
    a) Poster presentation on Cardiac MRI T2* Evaluation in India.
    b) Poster presentation on Indian experience in chelation
  • International Thalassemia Conference 2009 (TIF) – New Delhi, India Nov 09
    Chaired a session.
  • Special Thalassemia Meet at J W Marriot, Mumbai, India November 09
    Indian Experience in chelation in India along with Dr. Maria Capellini.
  • Conference on Current concepts in Chelation, Udaipur April 2010
    Guest Speaker.
  • “Chelation Therapy- Indian Experience” Ahmedabad May 2010 Oration on World Thalassemia Day, 8th May 2010.


Speciality Interest

  • Thalassemia
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Primary Immune Deficiencies


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