Kelly Ryan Murphy
Dr. Kelly Ryan Murphy is a fifth-year neurosurgery resident at Duke University. Although a native of Arizona, she completed her higher education and clinical training at Duke University. As an undergraduate, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience while participating extensively in research and service work focused on Alzheimer’s disease. In 2017, she matriculated at the Duke University School of Medicine and completed clinical research on neuromodulation under the direction of neurosurgeon Dr. Nandan Lad. She subsequently matched at Duke for residency training in neurosurgery. She has become particularly involved in education and leadership activities as a founding member of the Resident Education Council and as two-term representative in the Patient Safety & Quality Council. In her final year of training, she intends to complete an enfolded spine fellowship. Under the mentorship of neurosurgeon Dr. Rory Goodwin, her recent research seeks to optimize the perioperative course for metastasis patients and to better understand the clinical impact of steroids in spine patients. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys hiking, indoor cycling, visiting National Parks, and spending time with friends and family.