About A/P Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy is Director of Neurosurgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne Australia. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne. After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1983, he completed his Neurosurgical training in Australia before undertaking further specialist postgraduate training in the UK and USA. He worked as a Senior Registrar at The Royal London Hposital, UK, before going to the USA, where 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, University of Texas, in Dallas, Texas.

He 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. Hence, he has been involved in the establishment of multidisciplinary clinics for the management of tumours and neurovascular conditions, and in association with Professor Mark Cook (Neurologist) established 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, and potentially increasing the extent of lesion resection. 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 are two factors which are very important to him. He is an author of almost 70 peer reviewed journal articles and was conferred a Doctor of Medicine by the University of Melbourne in 2003 and awarded the Asian-Australasian Fellowship by the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia in 2005. He has been invited to speak at Neurosurgical conferences both nationally and internationally, and has been involved in over 90 meeting presentations. He maintains an active research interest and previously has several postgraduate research fellows working with him. He is a previously Supervisor of Neurosurgical Training at St Vincent’s Hospital and examiner of medical students at the University of Melbourne

He is a founder of the Victorian Brain and Spine Centre set up to provide acute and elective neurosurgical care from St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Campus.


  • The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, USA
  • University of Melbourne Alumni Association
  • The Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association
  • Senior Medical Staff, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne