Dr. Pradeep Merchant is a well known and respected individual in the Indo-Canadian community and in the City of Ottawa. In his capacity as a Paediatrician/Neonatologist and as a Site Chief of Division of Neonatology at the Ottawa Hospital-Civic campus, he has made numerous valuable contributions to the Ottawa medical community.
He completed his Paediatric training at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and subsequently, he continued his career in the field of Neonatology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Following this he joined the University of Ottawa’s Dept. of Paediatrics as an Assistant Professor.
In 1997, he was appointed as Chief of Division of Neonatology at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and the Medical Director of the Rich Little’s Special Care Nursery. He later became the Chief of the Division of Neonatology for the new amalgamated Ottawa Hospital and subsequently became Chief (A) of the Division of Neonatology of The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Currently, he is the Site Chief of the Division of Neonatology at the Civic Campus. In his position, he has developed numerous policies and protocols in newborn care.
Dr. Merchant remains committed to the growth and vision of the Regional Health Care in the Ottawa-Carleton region and is engaged at various levels of local, regional, provincial and national organizations in providing the best possible health care to the youngest citizens of Canada. He continues to serve at the Local Integrated Health Network at various task forces and steering committees in developing the regional perinatal-neonatal program.
He has been instrumental in developing the “Canada-India Center for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy” in Ottawa at Carleton University. This is one of a kind center being supported by 9 different universities across Canada. The Center will contribute immensely to the Research and development in Science and Technology and facilitate bilateral trade and will create progressive policies between the two great parliamentary democracies.
Dr. Merchant was recently been appointed as “Governor” to the board of governors of the prestigious Carleton university in Nation’s capital, Ottawa.
Dr. Merchant has been recently nominated to receive the “Order of Ontario” award by Carleton University for his pioneering role in the development of the “Canada India Centre for excellence” He has received recognition by many including his own peers at the hospital and is being nominated for the highest Medical Staff Association Professionalism Award for his continued commitment for professionalism and for his exemplary professional attitude.
Dr. Merchant has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding Canadians announced by the Governor General of Canada. The Medal honours exceptional Canadians for their contributions to their fellow citizens, to our communities and to our country.