Kevin Murphy, MD

Kevin Murphy, MD

Professor and Vice-Chair
Central Nervous System (Brain) Tumors
Pediatrics Cancers
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (Brain)

Contact Information

Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive, #0843
La Jolla, CA 92093-0843

UCSD Radiation Oncology North County – Encinitas
Multi-Specialty Clinic
1200 Garden View Road, Suite 210
Encinitas, CA 92024



Board-certified radiation oncologist Kevin T. Murphy, MD was born and raised in San Diego, California. Dr. Murphy graduated from Notre Dame in 1989 with a BS in Biological Sciences and a second major in Philosophy. Following graduation, Dr. Murphy served in the United States Navy as an Engineering Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger. He then received his MS in Neurophysiology from Purdue University and his MD from the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. Murphy completed his Radiation Oncology Residency in the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology at the University of Chicago. In May 2005, he was recruited to the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Murphy's clinical and research interests focused on the application of a number of novel technologies in the treatment of brain tumors in adults: Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Intensity Modulated Stereotactic Radiosurgery (IM-SRS), and Hypofractionated Stereotactic Radiosurgery. He is frequently invited to speak on these technologies at national and international seminars. 

He is a professor and the Vice Chair in the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where he instructs medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Murphy's current research focuses on using a personalized form of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (PrTMS) to restore neuronal synchrony in a number of neurocognitive and behavioral disorders. He has treated more than 3000 patients with these novel techniques, and is now pursuing approval for multiple clinical trials testing PrTMS in: chemobrain, PTSD, addiction behaviors, autism spectrum disorders, and cerebral palsy.  He has recently opened MindSet, a clinic in the 4S Ranch area that provides fee-based personalized repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (PrTMS) to a diverse population of patients. 

Co-author of several book chapters and many abstracts and peer-reviewed articles, his work has appeared in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Translational Cancer Research, and Practical Radiation Oncology, among others. He is a frequent speaker at both national and international medical conferences.