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  • BS Applied Mathematics | Columbia University 2000
  • MD | University of Michigan 2007
  • MS Epidemiology | Stanford University 2010
  • Residency | Stanford University 2012
  • Clinical Focus | Gastrointestinal, Palliative Care

Dr. Jim Murphy is an Associate Professor, Gastrointestinal (GI) Tumor Service Chief and Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity, Education and Research (CHEER). He also serves as the Associate Radiation Oncology Residency Program Director and an Academic Community Director in the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

As a leader in the field of health services research, Dr. Murphy has ongoing project focusing on identifying and reducing health disparities, creating patient-based risk assessment tools, and defining the patterns of care of radiation across the US on a population-based level. He is the principal investigator on clinical trials involving pancreatic cancer, and he serves as the site principal investigator on multiple national cooperative group trials. A dedicated clinical researcher, he has published over 140 journal articles and serves an Associate Editor (GI Cancers) of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics. In addition, he is member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) panel for the treatment of colorectal and anal cancer. In addition to his research work, he is a dedicated clinician and has been recognized as a Top Doctor by the San Diego Magazine.

Dr. Murphy has a strong commitment to medical education and instructs medical students, residents and fellows at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. He serves as a core faculty member within the CREST/MAS program where he teaches a course focused on Clinical Decision Analysis. He also mentors of wide range of students in his research lab. He is the Lead Faculty of OPTIMUS (Outcome Program to Inspire Minority and Underrepresented Students), a cancer research internship aimed at inspiring underrepresented minority students to pursue careers in clinical oncology and biomedical research. He has been recognized as Educator of the Year by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO). He has also received the Moores Cancer Center Excellence in Faculty Teaching Award, the UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Whitehall Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and the Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award.