Outpatient Clinic & Surgical Services

Oncology / Hematology

Joseph Merchant, MD

Debra Welker

Specialty: Medical oncology - the specialty devoted to the care of people with cancer. This includes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care of people who are at risk for/or have experienced cancer.

Hematology is the specialty devoted to the care of people with a variety of blood disorders, both benign and malignant. Most physicians are now trained in both specialties and care for oncology and hematology patients each day. A medical oncologist/hematologist is first trained as a specialist in adult medicine.

Certified by: Diplomate - American Board of Internal Medicine; Certified as a Diplomate in Hematology; Certified as a Diplomate in Medical Oncology

Joined Story Medical in: 2014

Affiliated with: William R. Bliss Cancer Center/McFarland Clinic, Ames, Iowa

Education & Accomplishments: Dr. Merchant received his BA at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN., in 1987, and his MD at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City in 1992. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA in 1996, and his Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center in Madison, WI in 2002.

He is the Vice President of the Iowa Oncology Society and Principal Investigator of cooperative group trials at the Bliss Cancer Center.

For more information on making an appointment with Dr. Merchant, patients should call the Bliss Cancer Center at 515-239-4401 and ask to schedule an appointment at Story Medical.

Common Procedures Done at Story Medical:

  • Blood/Platelet Transfusion
  • Chemotherapy
  • Blood Disorder Treatment