Dr. Murphy is a pediatric orthopaedic and spine surgeon who is a native of Beckley, West Virginia. He attended Alderson-Broaddus University on an athletic scholarship for soccer and was named WVIAC All Conference and Captain his senior year, in addition to being named Outstanding Senior Male at the university. He subsequently graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in international business administration and management information systems.
Dr. Murphy received his Doctor of Medicine from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he was active in student leadership, including class vice president and chair of the Academic Council. Upon graduation from medical school, he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Atlanta Medical Center, where he served as chief resident in his final year. After completing his residency, Dr. Murphy completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at the Pediatric Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Fellowship of Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Calif. He studied under such surgeons as Peter Newton, Burt Yaszay, Scott Mubarak, Dennis Wenger, and Hank Chambers. During his time in San Diego, he also had the opportunity to study and learn from Behrooz Akbarnia and Greg Mundis of the San Diego Spine Foundation.
Throughout his career, he has been involved in various leadership roles, including being named an Emerging Leader by the American Orthopaedic Association in 2013. He has worked with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to assist in developing an Appropriate Use Criteria for the management of pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures and the management of supracondylar humerus fractures involving vascular injury. Dr. Murphy remains active in various committee and leadership roles within the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and Scoliosis Research Society, including team lead for the POSNAcademy website. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Spine Deformity and Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.
Dr. Murphy is active in orthopaedic research and is involved with multicenter research groups, such as the Children's Spine Study Group and the Children’s Orthopaedic and Trauma Infection Consortium for Evidence Based Study (CORTICES). He has authored multiple textbook chapters, been published in medical journals and presented research or acted as an invited lecturer at various local, national and international meetings. He currently participates or leads a variety of prospective and retrospective studies within Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, primarily involving pediatric spine or pediatric trauma and infection.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, mountain biking, alpine skiing, surfing and traveling.