James Patrick Murphy, MD, MMM is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English from Missouri’s Westminster College (Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award 2014), Dr. Murphy attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and was Vice President of the Class of 1985. His internship was at the San Diego Naval Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry, after which he completed Aerospace Medicine training in Pensacola, Florida.
Dr. Murphy served as a Naval Flight Surgeon with Carrier Air Wing Eleven onboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise until returning to Louisville in 1989 for residency training in Anesthesiology. He practiced in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, before moving to Rochester, Minnesota, in 1997 for a Pain Management fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, returning in 1998 to his hometown of Louisville to continue building his medical practice. During this time he participated in several overseas humanitarian missions as an anesthesiologist with Operation Smile.
Dr. Murphy is among the most highly credentialed Pain Medicine specialists in the world, having achieved four board certifications in Pain Medicine, two in Addiction Medicine, and a lifetime certification in Anesthesiology. He actively participates in the American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification program and has achieved the status of Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine. He was Kentucky’s first physician to achieve board certification in Pain Management and certification in Addiction Medicine. He was also the first Kentucky physician honored by selection for the prestigious Mayday Fellowship – advocating for pain care.
In May 2013, Dr. Murphy was awarded a Master of Medical Management from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.
Dr. Murphy has recently served as President of the Greater Louisville Medical Society. He is Founder, Medical Director and CEO of Murphy Pain Center; and volunteers as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Dr. Murphy contributes to numerous publications, has presented before national and international audiences, and consults with a wide spectrum of agencies and individuals regarding pain, addiction, and the future of healthcare in our country.