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Susan Murphy, M.D.
Susan Murphy, M.D.

Susan Murphy, M.D.

  • Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Non-Surgical Geriatric Treatment Options
  • Geriatric Strengthening/Posture Rehabilitation Evaluations

Biography

Susan M. Murphy, M.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

A physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, She has special expertise in evaluating and treating geriatric patients – particularly those who suffer from painful, chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia.

Dr. Murphy serves as an attending physician at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Zale Lipshy Pavilion – William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, and William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, as well as a consultant for LifeCare Hospitals of Dallas.

Her research focuses on geriatric rehabilitation.

Dr. Murphy attended University College Cork School of Medicine and earned her medical degree at University of Dublin Trinity College, both in her native Ireland.

She completed her training and a residency in pain management and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

She also holds a diploma in geriatric medicine from London’s Royal College of Physicians.

Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Murphy is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also serves on the membership committee of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Murphy joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1999.

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Meet Dr. Murphy

As a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, Susan Murphy, M.D., helps patients regain function and reduce pain caused by illnesses and injuries.

Dr. Murphy has special training and expertise in evaluating and treating geriatric patients – particularly those who suffer from painful, chronic conditions such as arthritisosteoporosis, and fibromyalgia – and she sees seniors almost exclusively.

“I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the elderly, and I enjoy caring for them and acting as their motivator, cheerleader, and pep-talk giver,” she says.

Board certified, Dr. Murphy joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1999. She sees outpatients only.

“Pain can have such a limiting effect – on both physical mobility and on mental health – because many people become depressed and socially isolated due to pain,” Dr. Murphy says.

“The treatments we offer in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation can improve people’s quality of life tremendously. Patients regularly say things like, ‘You gave me my life back!’”

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Education & Training
  • Residency - Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education (1995-1998), Pain Management & Rehabilitation
  • Internship - Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education (1994-1995), Medicine
  • Medical School - University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • Medical School - University College Cork School of Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Honors & Awards
  • Denis O'Sullivan Medal 1990, Presented by the Department of Medicine, Cork Regional Hospital, for best presentation
  • Presidential Medal of the Irish Gerontological Society 1993, Presented by the society for best oral presentation
  • Ferguson Anderson Prize 1993, Presented by the British Geriatric Society for best poster presentation
  • Research Enrichment Program for Physiatrists Scholarship 1996
Books & Publications
Research
  • Geriatric rehabilitation

Clinical Focus

  • Non-Surgical Geriatric Treatment Options
  • Geriatric Strengthening/Posture Rehabilitation Evaluations

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Q&A by Dr. Murphy

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