Kelly Ryan Murphy, MD


Duke University School of Medicine, M.D., 2017
Duke University, Neuroscience, B.S., 2013

Honors & Awards

Wilburt Davison Award, Duke School of Medicine, 2017
William G. Anlyan Senior Merit Scholarship, Duke School of Medicine, 2016-2017
Duke University's Young Trustee Finalist, 2016
Medical School Thesis Honors, 2016
Albert Schweitzer Service Fellowship, 2015-2016
Chancellor’s Service Fellowship, Duke School of Medicine, 2014-2015
AMDA Quality Improvement & Health Outcomes Innovation Award, 2016
Feagin Leadership Program Master of the Sword, 2015
Community Health Engagement Day Blue Ribbon, 2014
Elks National Foundation Medical School Merit Scholarship, 2013-2017
Elks National Foundation Alum of the Year, 2014
Editor-in-Chief, ‘Duke Science Review’ journal, 2013-2014
Graduation with Distinction, Neuroscience B.S., 2013
Howard Hughes Research Fellow, 2010
Co-founder, ‘Neurogenesis’ undergraduate research journal, 2010-2013
Duke Neuroscience Program of Research Fellow, 2012-2013
Arizona (AIA) Female Student of the Year, 2009
Everyday Hero Award, 2009
Proclamation of Recognition, City of Glendale, AZ, 2009

Research Interests

Quality improvement and outcomes for geriatric neurosurgical patients
Neurosurgical education and objective evaluation
Efficiency and systems processing of healthcare delivery
Healthcare resource utilization
Applications and delivery models of neuromodulation
Neurosurgical solutions for neurodegenerative diseases


Golfing, skiing, writing poetry, barre/Pilates, Triangle dining


1. Carré, J.M., Murphy, K.R., Hariri, A.R. What Lies Beneath the Face of Aggression? Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2013, Feb; 8(2): 224-9. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 22198969.

2. Murphy, K.R., Landau, S.M., Choudhury, K.R., Hostage, C.A., Shpanskaya, K.S., Sair, H.I., Petrella, J.R., Wong, T.Z., Doraiswamy, P.M. Mapping the Effects of ApoE4, Age and Cognitive Status on 18F-Florbetapir PET Measured Regional Cortical Patterns of Beta-Amyloid Density and Growth. Neuroimage. 2013, Sep; 78(-): 474-80. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 23624169.

3. Shpanskaya, K.S., Choudhury, K.R., Hostage, C. Jr., Murphy, K.R., Petrella, J.R., Doraiswamy, P.M. Educational Attainment and Hippocampal Atrophy in the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative Cohort. J Neuroradiology. 2014, Dec; 41(5): 350-7. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 24485897.

4. Zannas, A.S., Doraiswamy, P.M., Shpanskaya, K.S., Murphy, K.R., Petrella, J.R., Burke, J.R., Wong, T.Z. Impact of (1)(8)F-Florbetapir PET Imaging of Beta-Amyloid Neuritic Plaque Density on Clinical Decision-Making. Neurocase. 2014, Aug; 20(4): 466-73. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 23672654.

5. Lad, S.P., Petraglia Iii, F.W., Kent, A.R., Cook, S., Murphy, K.R., Dalal, N., Karst, E., Staats, P., Sharan, A. Longer Delay From Chronic Pain to Spinal Cord Stimulation Results in Higher Healthcare Resource Utilization. Neuromodulation. 2016, Jul; 19(5): 469-76. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 26923728.

6. Verla, T., Adogwa, O., Toche, U., Farber, S.H., Petraglia, F., Murphy, K.R., Thomas, S., Fatemi, P., Gottfried, O., Bagley, C.A., Lad, S.P. Impact of Increasing Age on Outcomes of Spinal Fusion in Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis. World Neurosurgery. 2016, Mar; 87(-): 591-7. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 26546999.

7. Murphy, K.R., Han, J.L., Hussaini, S.Q., Yang, S., Parente, B., Xie, J., Lad, S.P. The Volume-Outcome Effect: Impact on Trial-to-Permanent Conversion Rates in Spinal Cord Stimulation. Neuromodulation. 2016, Oct 3. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 27696607.

8. Murphy, K.R., McManigle, J.E., Wildman-Tobriner, B.M., Jones, A.L., Dekker, T.J., Little, B.A., Doty, J.P.,Taylor, D.C. Design, Implementation, and Demographic Differences of HEAL: a Self-Report Health Care Leadership Instrument. Journal of Healthcare Leadership. 2016, Aug.

9. Murphy, K.R., Han, J.L., Yang, S., Hussaini, S.Q., Elsamadicy, A.A., Parente, B., Xie, J., Pagadala, P., Lad, S.P. Prevalence of Specific Types of Pain Diagnoses in a Sample of United States Adults. Pain Physician. 2016, Aug.

10. Han, J.L., Murphy, K.R., Hussaini, S.Q., Yang, S., Tybout, C., Parente, B., Xie, J., Lad, S.P. Patient Outcomes and Healthcare Resource Utilization Following Spinal Cord Stimulator Explantation. Neuromodulation. 2016, Sep.

11. Farber, S.H., Murphy, K.R., Suryadevara, C., Babu, R., Huang, K., Yang, S., Feng, L., Xie, J., Perfect, J.R., Lad, S.P. Comparing Outcomes of Early, Late, and Non- Surgical Management of Intraspinal Abscess. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2016, Sep.

12. Hussaini, S.Q., Murphy, K.R., Han, J.L., Elsamadicy, A.A., Yang, S., Premji, A., Parente, B., Xie, J., Lad, S.P. Specialty-Based Variations in Spinal Cord Stimulation Success Rates for Treatment of Chronic Pain. Neuromodulation. 2016, Sep.

13. Elsamadicy, A.A., Farber, S.H., Hussaini, S.Q., Murphy, K.R., Sergesketter, A., Suryadevara, C.M., Yang, S., Xie, J., Pagadala, P., Parente, B., Lad, S.P. Impact of Insurance Provider on Overall Costs in Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS): A Cost Study of 122,827 Patients. Neuromodulation. 2016, Aug.



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