Barbara Murphy, MD, MB, BAO, BCh, FRCPI, a world-class physician-scientist known for her innovative research in transplant immunology, has been named Chair of the Samuel F. Bronfman Department of Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Murphy, the Murray M. Rosenberg Professor of Medicine, is the first woman to serve as chair of Medicine at an academic medical center in New York City. She has been the department’s acting chair since June, and Chief of Mount Sinai’s Division of Nephrology since 2004.
Dr. Murphy also serves as the Director of Conduits at Mount Sinai’s Institute for Translational Sciences, and as the Dean of Clinical and Population Based Research. She has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1997. Dr. Murphy’s current focus is on the use of genomics and genetics to investigate outcomes following renal transplantation. She holds one patent for a peptide that inhibits the immune response, and is awaiting approval for another for a urinary biomarker that predicts the development of fibrosis in renal transplants.