Dr. Robert Merchant M.D.

MerchantDr. Robert Merchant is a vascular surgeon with over 25 years experience, the last 8 of which have been spent developing a vein practice at the RENO VEIN CLINIC in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Merchant was reared in San Francisco, but his grandparents were long time ranchers in the Reno/Carson City area, and his wife is a fifth generation Nevadan. 

Dr. Merchant is a graduate of the inaugural 1972 Medical School Class at the University of California at Davis.  He completed a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the University of Arizona in 1979, and has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Reno since 1980.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Merchant limits his specialty to the treatment of vascular diseases of the vein and skin and has developed a comprehensive treatment program called PROREJUVENATION®. This unique program emphasizes several key elements in the overall management of venous and vascular skin disorders: accurate diagnosis utilizing modern techniques and providing safe treatments with excellent outcomes.

Dr. Merchant is recognized by physicians’ worldwide as being a leader in the development of the FDA-approved Radio Frequency Closure procedure as a treatment for varicose veins, this procedure is incorporated in the Reno Vein clinic’s Prorejuvenation® treatment program.

He has published in several national journals such as the American Journal of Surgery, Journal of Vascular Surgery, Dermatological Surgery, Phlebology, and the Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery.  Already an author of two book chapters on radiofrequency ablation of veins, he is currently writing another chapter for publication in a text book on Venous Diseases to be published in 2007 by the American Venous Forum.  Because of his vast amount of experience in this field, Dr. Merchant is asked at least once a year to lecture other physicians regarding the techniques that he helped to develop.

One of Dr. Merchant’s objectives is education; education of physicians and nurses as well as patients. As part of that he has been featured in several magazine and television interviews in addition to conducting teaching sessions at The Reno Vein Clinic for doctors from around the nation and the world.

Dr. Merchant is an active member of the community having served on the Board of Directors for the Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, the Reno Rodeo Association, and the Boy Scouts of America, Nevada Council.  He served on the Washoe County Medical Control Board while it was active.