James D. Murphy, MD, MS

James D. Murphy, MD, MS

Gastrointestinal Cancers

Contact Information

Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
Radiation Oncology PET/CT Bldg
3960 Health Sciences Drive
San Diego CA 92037

Dr. Murphy’s clinical specialties include gastrointestinal cancer, and palliative radiotherapy. Within the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences he serves as the chief of the Gastrointestinal Tumor Service, and chief of Palliative Radiation Therapy.

A graduate of Columbia University (B.S., Applied Mathematics, 2000) and the University of Michigan (M.D., 2007), Dr. Murphy completed his residency in radiation oncology at Stanford University, where he also received a master's degree in epidemiology. 

Dr. Murphy’s research interests revolve around clinical research, as well as health outcomes and epidemiology research. Dr. Murphy is the principal investigator on clinical trials involving pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, plus he serves as the site principal investigator on cooperative group trials. Ongoing health outcomes projects include identifying and reducing health disparity, creating patient-based risk assessment tools, and defining the patterns of care of radiation across the US on a population-based level. A dedicated clinical researcher, Dr. Murphy has published over 50 journal articles. Click here for more information on Dr. Murphy's research. 

Dr. Murphy’s wife, Heidi, is a palliative care physician for UC San Diego Health, and they have a young daughter Laura.