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Kelly P. Murphy, MD

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Stanford Emergency Department 300 Pasteur Dr Alway Bldg M121 MC 5119 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 725-4492 Fax (650) 736-7605
  • Academic Offices
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview


Dr. Kelly Murphy is a graduate of Brown University's "Program in Medicine” and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Murphy received his post-graduate medical education at Brown University in its Internal Medicine program (ABIM Board Certified); sub-specializing in Obstetrical Medicine during his training.

He has worked extensively overseas with cooperative medical education projects in Papua New Guinea and Vietnam; and has assisted in the development of another program in Niger, Africa (“Sahara Relief”) and the development of a new rural health center in Chyangba, Nepal.

His focus is on grassroots medical education and rural clinical care programs in the developing world; creating independent health care systems which are fully staffed, supported, and sustained by the local populations. Currently he is also working on national health care reform and development projects in the nation of Papua New Guinea.

Domestically his focus is on pre-clinical medical opportunities for student volunteers. He directs an international course at Stanford on a systematic approach to providing health care in undeveloped regions of the world.

Dr. Murphy also regularly volunteers in the Cardinal Free Clinics (“Pacific Free Clinic”) where he focuses his attention on pre-clinical medical education and training.

Dr. Murphy has a strong athletic background and continues to train actively. He was formally a team physician for the United Football League’s California Redwoods.

Clinical Focus

  • International Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Nepal Medical Program (2013 - present)
  • Director, Papua New Guinea Medical Project (1997 - present)
  • Director, Vietnam Medical Project (2001 - 2008)
  • Medical Review Officer, Stanford Hospital & Clinics (2008 - present)
  • Emergency Medicine Rotation Director, Internal Medicine (2002 - present)

Honors and Awards

  • National Service Medal, Papua New Guinea (2007)

Professional Education

Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1993)
Residency: Brown University Hospitals RI (1990)
Internship: Brown University Hospitals RI (1988)
Medical Education: Brown University - School of Medicine RI (1987)

Community and International Work



Prior Year Coursescourses of Kelly Murphy

Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

A dire lack of basic health care currently exists in large parts of many developing countries. Through the collaboration of Stanford University students and faculty with the indigenous people of these regions, we hope to establish systems of health care stations for these rural regions. Our project endeavors to build an enduring and committed relationship with these communities via small, reproducible health care delivery programs. Ultimately, our goal is to create an independent healthcare system - fully staffed, supported, and sustained by the local villages, with no need for outside influence or direction. Not only do these projects provide crucial medical service and education for the people native to these regions, but it has also provided an invaluable learning experience for pre-clinical and clinical medical students, housestaff, and faculty volunteers.


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