Michael Murphy is Director of Neurosurgery, and Program Director of Surgery and Specialist Services at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne Australia. He is a member of the Hospital Executive and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne. He is also Surgical Director of the Victorian Epilepsy Centre, Treasurer of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia and Assistant Treasurer, Asian-Australian Congress of Neurological Surgery.
Since graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1983, A/Prof Murphy completed his Neurosurgical training in Australia before undertaking further specialist postgraduate training in the UK and USA. He worked as a Chief Resident at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, which has one of the largest Neurosurgical Departments in the USA. He then completed a Cerebrovascular Fellowship at the SouthWestern Medical Centre in Dallas, Texas.
A/Prof Murphy has trained extensively in all areas of Neurosurgery with his main areas of interest and subspecialisation being tumour, neurovascular, epilepsy and spine surgery. A minimally invasive approach is seen as integral to his Neurosurgical practice as is a multidisciplinary team approach to complex conditions. To this vein, he was involved in the establishment of multidisciplinary clinics for the management of tumours and neurovascular conditions, and in association with Professor Mark Cook (Neurologist) established the Victorian Epilepsy Centre at St Vincent’s Hospital; one of the largest Epilepsy Surgery Units in Australia. As a result he has extensive experience in “awake” craniotomies for tumour and epilepsy focus resection in eloquent areas of the brain, thereby reducing the risk of complications. He works closely with Mr Bernard Lyons, Director of ENT Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital in the management of paranasal sinus and skull base tumours, having extensive experience in skull base reconstruction.
Continued research and education is of importance to A/Prof Murphy. He is an author of over 35 peer reviewed journal articles and was conferred a Doctor of Medicine by the University of Melbourne in 2003 and an Asian-Australasian fellowship in 2005. A/Prof Murphy has been invited to speak at Neurosurgical conferences both nationally and internationally, being involved in over 50 meeting presentations. He maintains an active research interest and previously, or currently, has several postgraduate research fellows working with him. He is a former Supervisor of Neurosurgical Training at St Vincent’s Hospital and is currently an examiner of medical students at the University of Melbourne.