Merritt, April, MD
Dr. Merritt was born and raised in Charleston, SC. The daughter of a medical surgical Registered Nurse and a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air force, she recognized her passion very early for medicine and her drive to excel. This led her to the College of Charleston where she majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry while researching Organic Chemistry. She co-authored over 20 organic chemistry research papers and spoke at many scientific meetings. Dr. Merritt felt the need to pursue a career interacting and helping people on a clinical level, which led her to decide to turn down an offer to continue her research and obtain a PhD. Instead, in 1998 she entered the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
During that time, she did research on Helicobacter pylori and its action in the stomach. This led to another co-authored published research paper. She also volunteered at a local pregnancy shelter for teenage girls and participated in education in the schools on sexually-transmitted diseases. Though she always had a passion for women’s health, it was her fourth year medical school rotation on labor and delivery that ignited her dream of becoming an OBGYN. During her medical school years, she met and married her husband, who was an Army officer and West Point graduate. With him by her side, she completed medical school in 2004.
With the absolute support of her husband, Dr. Merritt moved to Orlando Florida to complete her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. During residency, they completed their family with the birth of their two sons.
Dr. Merritt entered private practice in 2009. She is a partner at Delaney OB/GYN.
She continued to take an interest in writing and education by writing the medical Q and A for the local Orlando magazine dedicated to pregnancy and postpartum: Babyourself magazine. She enjoys spending time with her boys, catching up on reading, or going out with her husband.
Dr. April Merritt was named in the top 20 of Orlando’s Best OB/GYNs by Babyourself Magazine.