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Sarah Alicia Murphy, MD

  • Pediatric Critical Care Attending
  • Director Pediatric Neurocritical Care


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Dr. Murphy is a pediatric intensivist who specializes in the care of critically ill infants and children, with sub-specialization in the field of pediatric neurocritical care. Her clinical  interests and expertise are in the practice of caring for critically ill children with a particular focus on those children with neurologic injury and illness and in looking at outcomes following critical illness in children.



Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Global health
  • Pediatric Acute Head Injury
  • Pediatric critical care development
  • Pediatric Head Trauma
  • Pediatric stroke
  • Critical care
  • Neurologic injuries
Medical Education
  • MD, UMASS School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Murphy conducts clinical research related to neurologic injuries and illness in children. These include being site principle investigator or a site co-investigator on two NIH-funded multi-site studies of traumatic brain injury in children, participating in an international pediatric stroke consortium, and undertaking local clinical studies related to the use of coma scales in young children, early use of EEG monitoring following traumatic brain injury, use of early MRI imaging in pediatric traumatic brain injury, and short-term cognitive effects of sedation in PICU patients. I have also sought to contribute to the understanding of the developing field of pediatric neurocritical care through conducting a survey of critical care and pediatric neurology practitioners in which we describe current practice patterns in this area

  • Murphy S, Duhaime, AC, Update in Pediatric Neurotrauma. Current Trauma Reports. 2016 November; 2:222-231.
  • Murphy S, Duhaime, AC, The role of neuroimaging in the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of traumatic brain injury in children. J Pediatr Neuroradiol 2016; 05(01): 002-006.
  • Murphy S. Review: Pediatric neurocritical care. Neurotherapeutics. 2012 Jan; 9(1):3-16.
  • Murphy S, Thomas N, Gertz S, Beca J, Luther J, Bell M, Wisniewski S, Hartman A, Tasker R, and for the Investigators of the Approaches and Decisions in Acute Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (ADAPT) Study. Tripartite Stratification of the Glasgow Coma Scale in Children with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and Mortality: An Analysis from a Multicenter, Comparative Effectiveness Study. J Neurotrauma. 2017
  • Murphy S, Bell M, Clark M, Whalen M, Noviski N. Pediatric neurocritical care: a short survey of current perceptions and practices. Neurocritical Care 2015 Oct; 23(2):149-58


Pediatric Critical Care Unit
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-724-4350
Phone 2: 617-724-4381

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