Barbara Murphy, MD, MB, BAO, BCh, FRCPI, a renowned transplant immunology researcher, has been named the Chair of the Samuel F. Bronfman Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The appointment makes Dr. Murphy the first female chair of Medicine of an academic medical center in New York City. She has been the acting chair of the Department of Medicine, the largest department at Mount Sinai, since June, and Chief of its Division of Nephrology since 2004.
“For the past eight years, Dr. Murphy has demonstrated incredible leadership in the Division of Nephrology and helped elevate Mount Sinai’s already renowned transplant programs to a new level,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “Her innovative approach to patient care, research, and education will undoubtedly extend the reach of Mount Sinai’s Department of Medicine as one of the finest in the nation.”
Said Dr. Murphy, “The faculty in Mount Sinai’s Department of Medicine is recognized nationally and internationally as among the best in their fields. I’m thrilled and honored to take on the challenge of leading this extraordinarily talented team in our unified mission of providing unsurpassed excellence in patient care.”
Dr. Murphy is also the Irene and Dr. Arthur Fishberg Professor of Medicine; the Director of Conduits at The Institute for Translational Sciences; and the Dean of Clinical and Population Based Research. Her most recent area of research is focused on the use of genomics and genetics to investigate outcomes following renal transplantation.
Dr. Murphy has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1997. She holds one patent for 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. She has published more than 70 peer reviewed papers, presented more than 100 invited lectures and speeches, and is currently the Associate Editor for Transplantation Reviews and The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and a Consulting Editor for American Journal of Transplantation. Additionally, Dr. Murphy has held many national leadership positions, including President of the American Society of Transplantation.
Dr. Murphy received her MD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. She completed her Residency and Clinical Nephrology Fellowship at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin before moving to the United States for a Nephrology Fellowship in the Renal Division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, where she focused on transplant immunology during the research component. She was recruited to Mount Sinai School of Medicine as the Director of Transplant Nephrology for the Renal Division. At the time she was named Chief of the Renal Division, she was one of youngest, and one of the few female division chiefs, in the United States.