Douglas Murphy, M.D.

Douglas  Murphy, MD

Dr. Murphy is one of the most experienced robotic heart surgeons in the world. For the past 10 years, Dr. Murphy has focused his career on endoscopic intracardiac surgery using robotic instrumentation. Dr. Murphy has performed over 1500 robotic endoscopic mitral valve procedures and more than 2000 robotically assisted procedures. He continues to teach his completely endoscopic approach, the LEAR technique (Lateral Endoscopic Approach using Robotics) to teams from all over the world. He served as principal investigator in 2002 for the daVinci Surgical System technology, leading the first U.S. Cardiac surgery team in clinical trials in intracardiac surgery and coronary bypasses prior to the FDA approval.  Because of his achievements, Emory Saint Joseph's was named the exclusive cardiac southeastern training center for the daVinci system in 2004.


Cardiothoracic Surgery
Internal Medicine (Board certified since 1978)
Surgery (Board certified since 1982)
Thoracic Surgery (Board certified since 1984)

Areas of Clinical Interest

valve reconstruction
valve repair/replacement
robotic surgery
minimally-invasive CT surgery
congenital heart program
arrhythmia ablation
atrial fibrillation ablation


Medical SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
InternshipMassachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
ResidencyMassachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
FellowshipEmory University Affiliated Hospital, Atlanta, GA