About A/P Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and a Consultant Neurosurgeon at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.  Prior to that he was Director of Neurosurgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne for 19 years.  He is an expert in the management of brain tumours, vascular lesions, epilepsy surgery, peripheral nerve and cervical spine surgery adopting a minimally invasive approach. He is active in teaching trainees, is involved with clinical trials focused on improving patient outcome and works closely with other specialists.

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 Hospital, 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. Continued research and education are two factors which are very important to him. He is an author of over 70 peer reviewed journal articles, 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 previous Supervisor of Neurosurgical Training at St Vincent’s Hospital and examiner of medical students at the University of Melbourne


  • 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