Joseph T. Murphy, MD, is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Murphy obtained a BA degree in Biology at the State University of New York in Buffalo, a Master of Science in Biology at the University of Texas at Dallas and his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He completed a General Surgery residency and CORE laboratory research fellowship at UT Southwestern before joining the Department of Surgery faculty as Assistant Professor in 1996. As a board-certified General Surgeon, he has extensive clinical experience in management of severe traumatic injury, thermal injury and critically ill patients during 11 years as Surgery faculty. He completed a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children?s Medical Center, Dallas in 2007. Dr. Murphy currently has admitting and operating privileges at Children’s Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital, St. Paul University Hospital and Zale-Lipshy University Hospital. He serves on the Children?s Medical Center Medical Advisory Board and Credentials Committee. Dr. Murphy’s current clinical research includes: investigation of outcomes in children requiring pre-hospital CPR resulting from traumatic injury; assessment of morbidity and mortality of iatrogenic and traumatic vascular injury and insufficiency in children; outcome of Puestow procedure for pancreatic disease in children; and examination of laparoscopic vs. open peritoneal dialysis catheter placement in children. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for several peer-review professional journals and has authored multiple articles, abstracts and book chapters examining the cardiopulmonary, inflammatory and molecular consequences of thermal injury and sepsis.


Other Post Graduate Training
University of Texas at Dallas (1985)
Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (1989)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1990), General Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1994), General Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1996), Research
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2007), Pediatric Surgery

Research Interest

  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgical Oncology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Routine Drainage of Post-Operative Fluid Collections After Appendectomy for Perforated Appendicitis Does Not Improve Outcome.
Piper, P.G., Derinkuyu, B., Koral, K., Perez, E.A., Murphy, J.T. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2011 46 1126-1130
Airway Obstruction Due to Endotracheal Tube's Lumen Collapse Secondary to Cuff Overinflation.
Pop, R., Murphy, J.T., Szmuk, P Anesthesia & Analgesia 2011 112 1151-1152
Pre-Hospital Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the Pediatric Trauma Patient.
Murphy, J.T., Jaiswal, K., Sabella, J., Vinson, L., Megison, S., Maxson, R.T Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2010 45 1413-1419
Reactive Oxygen Species Mediate Endotoxin-Induced Human Dermal Microvascular Endothelial NF-kB Activation
Chan EL, Murphy JT Journal of Surgical Research 2003
ZO-1 Redistribution anf F-actin Stress Fiber Formation in Pulmonary Endothelial Cell Following Thermal Injury
Murphy JT, Duffy S. Journal of Trauma 2003 Vol 54 81-90
Mechanisms of Pulmonary Microvascular Dysfunction Druing Severe Burn Injury
Turnage RH, Nwariaku F, Murphy JT, Schulman C, Wright K, Yin H. World Journal of Surgery 2002 26 848-853

Honors & Awards

  • Snyder-Laycock Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, UTSW Medical Center at Dallas
    Teaching Award (2003)
  • Excellence in Resident Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, UTSW Medical Center at Dallas
    Teaching Award (2002)
  • Young Investigator Award Finalist: Shock Society
    Eighteenth Annual Conference on Shock (1995)
  • Academic Excellence Award, Department of Surgery, UTSW Medical Center at Dallas

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow 1998
  • American Pediatric Surgery Association
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Society of University Surgeons