James E. Murphy, MD | Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa | Reno, NV - Lake Tahoe
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Dr. James E. Murphy MD FACS AMM

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada.

Dr. James E. Murphy is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery.  He has over fifteen years experience practicing in the Reno, Tahoe area. After graduating from Reno High School, Dr. Murphy chose University of Nevada Reno for his undergraduate education and continued into the University School of Medicine

He  served as a US Naval Reservist and spent two years as a medical corpsman during Desert Storm. He completed five years of General Surgery Residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle Washington.  He went on to complete two years of Plastic Surgery Residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine/Bowman Gray in North Carolina.  Dr. Murphy studied under Dr. Louis Argenta, a specialist in craniofacial deformity microsurgery.  Following his extensive training Dr. Murphy returned to Reno to build a thriving Plastic Surgery Practice as well as starting a family of his own. Dr. Murphy strives to give back to the community he was raised in by giving his time, training and expertise to the Cleft Palate Clinic and repairing the cranial facial abnormalities of the babies in and around our area.  The amount of time and attention he pays to these tiny patients is one of the biggest joys of his practice. Dr. Murphy and his staff are here to address any Plastic Surgery needs you may have.

Murphy In The Community

Dr. Murphy won the Best Plastic Surgeon Reno, Nevada for 2012 and 2013!

Peppermill Hotel hosted the RNR Party. Dr. Murphy accepting his award with wife, Tracy.

2013 Reno News and Review, People's Choice AwardDr. James Murphy and Tracy

Dr. James Murphy accepting the award for Best Plastic Surgeon of Reno 2012 & 2013.

Dr. James Murphy was honored this year by the UNR Alumni for the Professional Achievement Award.

Homecoming Gala Awards Dinner Fall 2013

Dr. Murphy takes great pride in performing the majority of surgeries on the cleft palate and cleft lip babies of Northern Nevada.

He is involved with the cleft clinic at UNR and also mentors many of the School of Medicine’s fourth year medical students.

Dr. Murphy is an Associate Professor for UNR’s School of Medicine.

October 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dr. Murphy was interviewed by Wendy Damonte of Channel 2 News for the Health Section.

There are many options of breast reconstruction for breast cancer patients. Whether the patient has undergone, or is going surgery and/or treatments, there are different levels of reconstruction and options of when to do surgery, if so needed. It is a fact, that women who have undergone reconstructive breast surgery after a mastectomy feel better about themselves. We’d like to help you make the right decision for you. Breast cancer effects our Moms, daughters, sisters , aunts, cousins, and  friends.

Wendy Damonte and Dr. James Murphy for Breast Cancer Month.

Wendy Damonte and Dr. Murphy at Ch. 2 News Health Segment.

Susan G. Koman “Race For The Cure” October 2012 at the Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada.  Murphy Plastic Surgery sponsored and donated to the cause! Fun day for the “Sisters”.

Susan G Koman "Race for the Cure" 2012

Susan G Koman “Race for the Cure” 2012

It’s possible that you’ve spotted Dr. James Murphy and his team at Murphy Plastic Surgery out-and-about in the community. We recently participated at the 2012 Moms on the Run, and had a blast! Such a great local cause, and wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day!

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

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.


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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cathy 6/2011

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

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


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

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

I 7/2011

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.


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 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