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James E. Murphy, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.M.M. Board Certified Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon – Reno and Lake Tahoe

Board Certified Since 2000

For over thirteen years, Dr. James E. Murphy has been providing his patients with surgical excellence in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Dr. Murphy was born and raised in Reno. Dr. Murphy received his medical degree from the University of School of Medicine. He went on to complete his general surgery training at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He received his plastic surgery training at Wake Forest University at Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina. Dr. Murphy is a board certified plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Murphy currently has one of the busiest and most respected cosmetic and reconstructive practices. Dr. Murphy’s easy-going bedside manner allows his patients to feel at ease enough to relay their desires and ask any questions about the procedures. Dr. Murphy takes the time to listen to his patients, discuss their concerns, and alleviate their fears about cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Murphy specializes in breast surgery, providing superior results in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast. He performs more breast augmentations than any other surgery. He provides a wide array of other cosmetic surgeries including: liposuction, abdominoplasty, facial rejuvenation, laser resurfacing, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, ear surgery, and post-bariatric surgery. Dr. Murphy also maintains an active reconstructive practice. He performs the majority of cleft lip and palate surgeries in and is an expert in facial reconstruction for patients injured in accidents.

Medical Education: University of School of Medicine
General Surgery Residency: Swedish Medical Center; Seattle, Washington
Plastic Surgery Residency: Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center; Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Board Certified: American Board of Plastic Surgery
Hospital Affiliations: Renown, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center

Medical Societies:
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
Reno Surgical Society
Washoe County Medical Society

Specializing in the following Procedures:

What Questions should you ask in choosing a surgeon?

Are you looking for a plastic surgeon? In most states, a licensed physician may perform cosmetic procedures without being board certified in plastic surgery. Just because a doctor is “board certified” does not mean he or she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

Many “cosmetic surgeons” say that they are board certified, but only the American Board of Plastic Surgery has traditionally overseen the training of a plastic surgeon. We strongly recommend that you take the time to identify which boards have certified your surgeon, and that you consider the amount of specialized training and experience your surgeon has performing your type of procedure. This includes the experience and  ”hands-on training” in their specific residency and fellowship program, not just where they trained,  as well as their experience post residency and in practice.  Experience Matters…

To be board certified, a plastic surgeon must:

  • Graduate from an accredited medical school
  • Complete a minimum of five years of surgical training following medical school, including an accredited plastic surgery residency program for an additional two years.
  • Pass comprehensive oral and written exams

What are the doctor’s credentials? Are there complaints against your doctor that are unanswered?

What is the doctor’s experience? How long has he/she been in this specific field, and how many of this kind of surgery has he performed?

Ask for referrals from friends. Keeping in mind to ask about like surgeries. If you are looking for a breast augmentation, you may not want to talk to someone that has had a facelift.

Before-and-after gallery of photographs. Make sure you look closely at your surgeon’s gallery, and you like what you see. This is usually their best work.

Where is the procedure performed? Is there a board certified anesthesiologist there for me? Is this performed in a certified, accredited facility?

Make sure you are comfortable with the surgeon, your rapport with him, and also with his office staff.

What “red flags” should you look for?

  • A doctor that is impatient, rushes you, and does not answer all of your questions.
  • A doctor that is willing to combine several major procedures into one operation to save money and fees. Surgery is a major traumatic stressor on your body. You want to be as safe as can be, especially with an elective procedure.
  • A doctor that refuses to answer your questions, provide you with information, and one that makes you feel pressured to schedule.

In both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery,  Dr. James E. Murphy is dedicated to providing quality patient care and achieving optimal results for his patients.  Dr. Murphy has over 13 years of experience.  Read his qualifications to gain peace of mind.

James E. Murphy, MD, FACS, AMM

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada.

Dr. Murphy currently has one of the busiest and most respected cosmetic and reconstructive practices.

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What our Patients say about us

My review is really for the sweet girl Heather that works here. This place offers more services than just plastic
surgery. They have massage and salon services at their co-business Renew MD, face cleaners and dietary products. ANYWAY, Heather is wonderful and friendly and I thought she needed her own review under this business :)

Patient 6/2011

Dear Dr. Murphy:
I keep trying to figure out the right works to express to you the blessing we felt with your being the surgeon on duty the night (2/20/09) of Chrystle’s horrific snow boarding accident and the simple thank you, heartfelt, seems to cover it the best.
She is even more beautiful now as the accidents (remember she totaled the car on the Monday) have forced her to reevaluate some (make that all) choices she was making and she has matured into a very different individual than she was prior to the accidents. However the fact that your incredible skill as a Plastic Surgeon returned her as she was prior is still unbelievable to us and for that we are grateful beyond words.

Fondly, C.

My face-lift has made such a difference in the way I see myself. Dr. Murphy & his staff are extremely caring and compassionate people. I felt very comfortable in their care. I had a major heart scare 6 months after and his staff called my home to check on me. That says a whole lot in my book! I would never consider going to anyone else! Dr. Murphy & staff—YOU’RE THE BEST!!!!!

-Kim Sammons

Dr. Murphy performed two surgeries on me, and I look and feel fabulous! His consultation, bedside manner, and post-op’s were always professional and very upbeat. Dr. Murphy has a great eye for making other beautiful. I definitely recommend him!

Anonymous 7/2011

Some of the surgeons I saw said it couldn’t be done. The surgeons who did my radical mastectomy left my chest in a terrible state. Then I made an appointment with Dr. James Murphy and immediately I like him. He has a great bedside manner, cheerful, encouraging and supportive. He told me “yes” that I was candidate for breast reconstruction. He showed me pictures of his results and immediately I knew I could trust him. The whole experience was amazing and I am very happy and delighted with the results. My new breast looks excellent, natural, full, size, the shape I wanted and there is hardly any scaring. Dr. Murphy is an excellent surgeon who can be trusted with his amazing abilities. I would encourage any patient to submit to his care and feel comfortable know he is going to do a wonderful job with his talents. I speak from my personal experience and it was a good one. Dr. Murphy is an excellent surgeon, I highly recommend, and has improved the quality of my life.

Georgette Noble

The entire staff at Murphy Plastic Surgery is awesome! Professional, caring, informative and perfectionists. Tracy is amazing with injections. Love them all. Would use them for any cosmetic procedures.

Deb 10/2011

Their was no pressure from him oranyone in his office to set the procedure up.

Sue 10/2011

I have been a patient of NNPSA (now Murphy Plastic Surgery) for over 13 years now. Dr. Murphy has quite frankly saved my life! I first met Dr. Murphy in 1999 when I had a breast augmentation. And in June 2010, he performed a preventative bilateral mastectomy due to a very strong family history and the fact a mass was found on my mammogram. My mother and sister are both breast cancer survivors, having had the same cancer, same breast, same age. And that age was 48. During my annual mammogram when I was 48, they found a mass. After two years of MRIs, ultrasounds, and “watching” it, I decided to take back my fear of breast cancer and take control of my life. Dr. Murphy helped me do just that!! Even after five surgeries/procedures, I have never looked back for even one second and/or regretted my decision. I don’t think I could have done it without the unwavering support of Dr. Murphy and his staff each step of the way.

Heather, 6/2012

I want to thank Dr. Murphy and his staff for making my surgery go so smoothly. First of all, I am extremely pleased with the overall results. I was looking to shed some years without changing my look and we succeeded very well. The staff throughout the orientation, during the procedure, and after, took a personal interest in how I was doing. They positively reinforced me every step of the way. I am thoroughly pleased with the entire experience. Any further enhancements will definitely be done by Dr. Murphy and his outstanding staff.

Anonymous

Dr. Murphy is awesome as well as Tracie Murphy and the entire office staff! They treat everyone special and give individualized attention for all your needs and questions. Great detail is given for whatever procedure you are having. They truly are perfectionists at this office and are located right next to the surgery center. Look no further for the best plastic surgery Doctor and staff in the Reno area.

Debbie 9/2011

After breast feeding 4 babies, losing weight, and turning the corner of 40 my breasts took a dive to the South Pole.
My consultation with Dr. James Murphy was relaxed and I felt he was veryknowledgable of what I needed to have done. Their was no pressure from him oranyone in his office to set the procedure up. But I knew I would not be happy until I had a lift and breast augmentation done. I must say it is quite an improvement from the day I walked in his office. My breasts are back to looking
youthful & perky and Dr. Murphy took all my considerations in. I didn’t even have to take pain meds. I don’t know why I waited so long to have it done. I would highly recommend Dr. Murphy for breast lift and augmentation to any woman. What are you waiting for?

Sue 10/2011

Wonderful Experience! Very informative, great staff, knowledgeable and fun too! Thank-you.

Kelly

I went in for a consultation and was very impressed by the staffs’ professionalism. Everyone really made me feel at ease and confident. Dr. Murphy was very informative and willing to guide the patient to making a decision that is best for them.

Cathy 6/2011

Dr. Murphy has a great eye for making other beautiful.

I 7/2011

Dear Doctor Murphy,


I want to thank you very much for your concern and care for me throughout my recent operations. As you know, I was a little reticent to have this operation at my age, but my husband wanted me to get it taken care of. I am grateful that my friend recommended you. Your reputation is par excellent with the Renown medical group and they made every effort to make me feel comfortable and at ease with my surgeries. Thank Meghan for all her help – she always seems to be there and had an answer to any questions I had.

Sincerely, Karen 2/2011

I felt confident with Tracy and reassured. She took all the time necessary to answer my questions. I feel good about the whole process and very appreciative for the great pricing. Thank-you so much.

Peggy 1/2011

I went in for a consultation and was very impressed by the staffs’ professionalism…

Cathy 6/2011

Dr. Strand,

Thank-you for your amazing work.  I came to you on such high recommendations and I will continue to highly recommend you.  Without much time or consulting, you gave me a beautiful set of breasts and an increase in my self esteem.  Thank-you for your time and talent.

Anonymous