James E. Murphy, M.D.
A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

A Nevada Native In Practice Since 1991

Dr. James E. Murphy being presented Best of Northern Nevada RN&N '17 First Place Best Plastic Surgeon award

Dr. James E. Murphy was born and raised in Reno, NV. He chose to earn his bachelor’s degree here at home from The University of Nevada, Reno, before attaining his medical degree from the same institution’s medical school in 1991. 

His passion for his country then led Dr. James E. Murphy to enlist in the United States Navy. Our doctor spent two years as a medical corpsman during Desert Storm, proudly serving the nation. 

Dr. James E. Murphy then completed a series of highly prestigious surgical residencies across the U.S. before deciding to return home to Reno. He chose to come back here because he wanted to raise his family in his hometown while creating the thriving surgery practice our city deserves.

A Thriving Practice Providing Personalized Care

Owning and operating his own surgical practice was daunting at first, but our surgeon has consistently excelled for decades. His Reno plastic surgery office and med spa have grown to become both wildly popular and widely respected. 

Patients especially love Dr. James E. Murphy’s easy-going bedside manner. They come to him struggling with cosmetic insecurities. He makes them feel at ease enough to discuss their desires, ask questions, and feel empowered about their choices. 

Our surgeon 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 is also highly skilled in an array of other cosmetic surgeries spanning the breasts, body, and face.

Dr. James E. Murphy and staffDr. James E. Murphy with cleft lip and palate surgery patient

Dr. James E. Murphy  Is a Reconstruction Expert


Dr. James E. Murphy provides both plastic and reconstructive surgery, and is an expert in facial reconstruction for patients injured in accidents. For over 25 years, he has provided cleft lip and palate surgeries for pediatric patients. Helping these young patients has proven to be an indescribably rewarding experience. 

Our Surgeon's Rigorous Residencies

General Surgery Residency

Our Surgeon completed five years of General Surgery Residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. 

Plastic Surgery Residency

He then completed two years of Plastic Surgery Residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine/Bowman Gray in North Carolina. 

Prestigious Tutelage

Dr. James E. Murphy studied under Dr. Louis Argenta, a renowned specialist in craniofacial deformity microsurgery. 

Reno Raves About Our Surgeon


J devine

Reno, NV


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I have always gone with Murphy Plastic Surgery for all my surgeries and have always been pleased. Dr.Murphy did a great job on my last breast augmentation and I highly recommend him. I can not express enough how thankful I am with his services. Dr.Murphys bedside manners are excellent and his staff is also very friendly and helpful. So I highly recommend Murphys Plastic Surgery Medical Spa.

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Vallery LaBarre

Reno, NV


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Dr Murphy has wonderful bedside manor. He is able to present things honestly but in a way that doesn't feel judgmental. He actually declined to do a procedure on me because he felt it would not give good results. I appreciated his kindness and am very pleased with the results of my procedure.

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Dr. James Murphy

Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. James Murphy is a highly trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in practice 25 years. He serves patients throughout Reno and Lake Tahoe and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Medical Association 
  • Reno Surgical Society

Schedule your consultation today by contacting us online or call (775) 322-3446. Se habla español. If you would like to text us during business hours, we can respond via text to you. You can also send pictures to us with questions.

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