Richard Murphy '71, PA-C, MBA
Richard has been a clinician and an educator all of his life. After graduating from Fairfield University in 1971 with a degree in sociology he found himself drawn to medicine. He was accepted in a new program for training physician assistants at Northeastern University in Boston (one of the first PA training programs in the country) and graduated in 1975. He quickly found himself immersed in heart surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center where he spent almost the next 36 years first assisting in adult and pediatric heart operations, harvesting hearts for organ transplants, caring for patients in the intensive care units, and teaching Tufts medical students and residents. He was appointed to the Tufts Medical School Department of Surgery faculty in 1981. He continued to teach PA students from Northeastern University in the classroom and on the wards until just a few months ago.
He received an MBA from Northeastern in 1987. As the Chief Physician Assistant for the hospital he was responsible for administrative supervision of over 30 individuals and became active in developing several new programs at the medical center, including heart and lung transplantation programs, a pediatric trauma center, and a hospital consortium for the medical helicopter in Boston (Boston MedFlight).
In 2010 he was asked to serve on a planning committee to develop a physician assistant master's degree program at Tufts University School of Medicine and became its first program director in September 2011. He serves on the Tufts faculty as an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Public Health & Community Medicine.
He is active in state and national medical societies, serve on the editorial advisory board of a peer-reviewed medical journal for physician assistants and nurse practitioners (Clinician Reviews), is a member of the Surgeon's Council of the American College of Cardiology, and currently hold the position of Chairman of the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
An avid ocean sailor, he holds a 100 ton US Coast Guard off-shore master's license. He resides in Charlestown and Westport, Massachusetts and has a son, Ryan and two wonderful grandchildren. His wife, Barbara is a nurse on the staff of the Surgical Research Laboratory at Tufts Medical Center.