is a specialist in gynecology, obstetrics, and andrology. She works since 2012 as a staff member and as an academic consultant since 2017 at the “Vrouwenkliniek” of the University Hospital of Ghent and has a Research activity at ICRH University Ghent since 2012. She also runs a private practice. She has been Head of the Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, AZ Jan Portaels, Gendarmeriestraat, Vilvoorde from April 2014 until 2016, when she joined the CHIREC private hospitals of Brussels, until then she was consultant at the Saint-Pierre and Erasmus University Clinics of Brussels, Belgium, and in the Paola Children’s Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium. Her special destinations include Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology, Endoscopic surgery, Parenthood and Family Planning Agencies, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology and Forensic Expertise in sexual abuse of adults and children .
After specialising in Pediatrics and Adolescent gynecology at the Necker Institute in Paris, France, Dr. Merckx became Head of the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at University Hospital Saint-Pierre. She worked as a consultant in vulvo-vaginal mucosal pathology in children at the clinic of the Erasmus University of Brussels. She still works in continuing medical education and trains fellows, junior fellows, and other healthcare professionals in gynecology and is now responsible for the department of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at the University Clinic of Ghent.
She obtained a PHD degree in Medical Sciences in November 2014. Her thesis about Human Papillomavirus and related disease in underage children : implications for prevention was fulfilled at ICRH UZ Ghent under the promotion of Prof S.Weyers and Prof D.Vandebroeck molecular biologist UZ Ghent , Prof Marleen Temmerman gynaecologist and Prof J De Schepper Pediatric Endocrinologist VUB & UZ Ghent.
Dr. Merckx is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Flemish Obstetrical and Gynecological Association, president of their scientific committee, and president of the Belgian Association of Pediatric Gynecology. Dr Merckx is an active member at GAMS (Group for the Abolition of Sexual Mutilation), she trains medics and paramedics in sexual mutilation pathology and is member of the multidisciplinary team at UZ Ghent. Dr. Merckx is active in development of HPV vaccination in Belgium and works in a collaborative research program on HPV at the International Center for Reproductive Health at Ghent University, Belgium. She is active in the workgroup for population screening for cervical cancer and in the workgroup on vaccination and sexual transmitted diseases at the Flemish Government. She is also a funding and board member of ISIDOG, the International Society of Infectious Disease in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Merckx serves as a reviewer for Vaccine , the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive health, the European Journal of Cancer., the abstracts introduced for the European Society of Contraception Meetings and for the Foundation Maria-Elisa and Guillaume De Beys applications as she is active in the “Koning Boudewijn Stichting”.
She has been a member of the steering committee of the In-choice Contraception Study Group since 2009 and of the expert group on Flexible Oral Contraceptive Regimens and LARC since 2011. She is part of the advisory board to establish a consensus on intra uterine contraception for Belgian nulliparous women. She serves as an expert advisor in the WHO Women’s Health Department in Contraception.