Dr. Kathy A. Merritt, MD

In Practice Since 1992

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Kathy Merritt lives in Chapel Hill with her family.  She is a native of Orlando, Florida, where she enjoyed living before moving to North Carolina to attend Duke University. Dr. Merritt worked as a play therapist in the Pediatric Departments of Duke Medical Center and Bowman Gray Medical Center and attended graduate school prior to completing her medical degree at Duke University Medical Center. Following residency training at Duke and University of Utah and fellowship training at Duke and UNC, she worked in the Division of General Pediatrics at Duke prior to joining Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents in 1995.

Her clinical interests include all aspects involving the interface of general pediatrics and behavioral pediatrics. She is particularly fond of helping families dealing with adoption, asthma, nutritional quandaries, sleep disruptions, loss/grief, attention, and learning differences.

In her spare time, Dr. Merritt enjoys watching her family enjoy their passions and spending time running, biking, skiing, traveling and cheering for the Blue Devils.

Office Location(s): CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents, P.A.

Primary Specialty: Pediatrics

Undergraduate Education: Psychology and Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Arts – Duke University, 1972-1975
Medical Education: Medical Doctor – Duke University Medical School, 1982-1985
Graduate School Education: Counseling Psychology, M.Ed. – Duke University, 1978-1979


  • Chief Resident, University of Utah: 1989-1990
  • University of Utah, Pediatric Internship and Residency: 1986-1989
  • Duke University, Pathology Internship: 1985-1986

Fellowship: Behavior and Development, Pediatric Scientist Training Fellowship: 1990-1992, DUMC

Academic Appointments:

  • Durham Regional Hospital, Attending Staff – 1995 to present
  • University of North Carolina Medical Center, Attending Staff – 1995 to present
  • Duke University Medical Center, Consulting Associate Dept. of Pediatrics – 1992 to present

Board Certifications:

  • Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics – 2004 to present
  • North Carolina Medical Board – 1990 to present
  • American Board of Pediatrics – 1990 to present


  • North Carolina Pediatric Society – 1991 to present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow – 1991 to present

Honors and Awards:

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Society: 1984


  • “Children’s Memory For a Salient Medical Procedure: Implications for Testimony,”. Pediatrics, 1994.
  • “Attitudes Regarding Parental Presence During Procedures,” AJCD, 1990.
  • “Visiting the Doctor: Children’s Knowledge and Memory,” Cognitive Development, 1993.
  • “Screening for Child-reported Behavioral and Emotional Problems in Primary Care Pediatrics,” Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1995.