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Obstetrics and Gynecology / Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Diane F. Merritt, MD

Current Position
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Gynecology
Director, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Fellowship Director Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology


Specialty Areas
Gynecology - Pediatric and Adolescent
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - Adolescent

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Patients Seen At
Gynecological Treatment Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, Suite C, 13th Floor
St. Louis, MO  63110
314-362-4211
Fax:   314-362-0049
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Pediatric and Adolescent Office
3023 N. Ballas Road
Building D, Fourth Floor, Suite 450
St. Louis, MO  63131
314-362-4211
Fax:   314-362-0049
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8064
St. Louis , MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Pediatric and adolescent gynecology, gynecologic disorders of puberty, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menstrual disorders, primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), disorders of sexual development (DSD), diagnosis and management of congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract, vaginal agenesis, uterine agenesis, management of genital injuries, straddle injuries, adolescent pregnancy prevention, contraception, LARC, polycystic ovarian syndrome, hirsutism, ovarian tumors, ovarian cysts, ovarian torsion, pediatric vulvar disorders, labial adhesions, lichen sclerosus, hormone therapy, hysteroscopy, vaginoscopy, laparoscopic procedures, minimally invasive surgery for evaluation and management of pelvic pain

Areas of Research Interest
Adolescent sexuality, congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract, precocious puberty, pubertal disorders, menstrual disorders

Board Certification
Obstetrics and Gynecology -- Certified

Medical Education
B.A.: Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1971
Medical Degree: New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, 1975
Residency: General Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1977
Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1980
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 1996-2014 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Listed in America's Top Doctors, 2000-2014 (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.)

Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient (Distinguished Clinician),Washington University School of Medicine, 2009

Alpha Omega Alpha

Past President, North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Listed among “The best doctors for women from coast to coast” Ladies Home Journal, April 2002

Peer Reviewer
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Journal of Adolescent and Pediatric Gynecology

Recent Articles and Text Books
Focseneanu MA, Merritt DF, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (Chapter 23) in Glass’ Office Gynecology, Seventh Edition, Michele G. Curtis, Silvia T. Linares, Leah Antoniewicz – Editors. Wolters Kluwer: Philadelphia, 2014, Pages 457-486.

Merritt DF, Focseneanu MA, Accidental trauma (Chapter 12) in Practical Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 1st edition, Editor Paula J Adams Hillard. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford UK. 2013, pages 72-75.

Focseneanu MA, Omurtag K, Ratts VS, Merritt DF, The Auto-amputated Adnexa: A Review of Findings in a Pediatric Population. J Pediatr Gynecol. 2013:26(6) 305-313

Focseneanu MA, Gupta M, Squires KC, Bayliss SJ, Berk D, Merritt DF, The course of Lichen Sclerosus Diagnosed Prior to Puberty. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2013:26(3) 153-155

Merritt, DF. Genital Trauma (Chapter 16) in Emans, Laufer, Goldstein’s Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.  Edited by S. Jean Emans, Mar c R. Laufer. 6th edition. Lippincott Williams Wilkins a Wolters Kluwer business, Philadelphia, 2012, pages 293-304.

Merritt DF Perineal and Vaginal Abnormalities. American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Adolescent Health Care. Chapter 59, Martin M. Fischer editor in chief; co-editors Elizabeth M Alderman, Richard E. Kreipe, Walter D. Rosenthal. 2011, p. 551-562.

Schon S, Merritt DF, Pediatric gynecology in Precis: Gynecology, 4th Edition, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2011.p.178-182.

Rosman I, Berk DR, Bayliss SJ, White AJ, Merritt DF; Acute Genital Ulcers in Non-sexually Active Young Females. J Pediatr Derm 2012 Mar-Apr; Vol. 29 No. 2 147–153.

Merritt DF Genital Trauma in Prepubertal Girls and Adolescents, Current Opinion in Obstetrics Gynecology. 2011 Oct; 23(5):307-314.

Gynecologic Problems of Childhood in Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th edition Elsevier, Inc. , 2011. Chapters History and Physical Examination, Vulvovaginitis, Bleeding, Breast Concerns, Neoplasms and Abnormal Abnormal Pap Smear Management,  Vulvovaginal and Müllerian Anomalies

Cooper AR, Merritt DF, Novel use of a tracheobronchial stent in a patient with uterine didelphys and obstructed hemivagina.  Fertil  Steril  2010:93 (3);900-903

Sonn TS, Merritt DF, Anti-NMDA-Receptor Encephalitis: An Adolescent with an Ovarian Teratoma. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2010 Oct; 23(5):e141-144.

Merritt DF. Genital Trauma in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, editors Dr. Albert Altchek and Dr. Liane Deligdisch, Blackwell Publishing. 2009. Chapter 10.

Merritt DF, Genital injuries and other gynecological emergencies in children and adolescents, in Sanfilippo JS, Lara-Torre, Edmonds K, Templeman C (eds), Clinical Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Informa Healthcare, London, 2009: 354-64.

Merritt DF, Genital Trauma in children and adolescents, Clin Obstet Gynecol. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. June 2008, 51(2) 237-248.

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