James Patrick Murphy, MD, MMM, FASAM

Murphy Pain Center
P.O. Box 436864
Louisville , KY 40253
Office: 502-736-3636
Fax: 877-497-8259

Dr. James Patrick Murphy is a nationally recognized physician leader and expert in Pain Management, Addiction Medicine and controlled substances prescribing. He is President-elect of the Kentucky Society of Addiction Medicine and is the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s delegate to the American Medical Association’s Pain Task Force. Dr. Murphy is founder and CEO of Murphy Pain Center, with offices in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. In addition he serves gratis as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is a past president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society.

Dr. Murphy’s credentials are unparalleled: board certifications in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Anesthesiology and Preventive Medicine/Addiction. He has earned the distinction of Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM). His Pain Management fellowship was at Minnesota’s renowned Mayo Clinic, where he also served on the faculty of the Mayo Medical School. He earned a Master of Medical Management (MMM) from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. In recognition of his stalwart advocacy for universal access to quality healthcare, Dr. Murphy was awarded the prestigious Mayday Fellowship in Washington, DC.

Dr. Murphy has created educational programs recognized by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure and the Federation of State Medical Boards. Nationwide he has given presentations in concert with government regulators, law enforcement, physician groups, and various community organizations. His work has been featured in a diversity of media ranging from medical journals, magazines and newspapers to television, Internet sites and social media.

A former Commander in United States Navy, Dr. Murphy served our nation as a decorated Naval Flight Surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. His overseas volunteering has included numerous surgical missions as an anesthesiologist with the Operation Smile. In 2019 Dr. Murphy was elected to serve on the board of the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition.

Areas of Expertise
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Alcohol, Drug & DUI Testing
  • Anesthesiology
  • Drug Abuse
  • Marijuana
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Pain Management
  • Pharmacology

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Anesthesiologist, American Board of Anesthesiology
Pain Specialist, American Board of Anesthesiology
Pain Specialist, American Board of Pain Medicine
Addiction Specialist, American Board of Preventive Medicine
Addiction Specialist, American Board of Addiction Medicine
Doctor of Medicine, University of Louisville
Psychiatry Internship, Naval Hospital San Diego
Aerospace Medicine/Naval Flight Surgeon, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute
Residency in Anesthesiology, University of Louisville
Pain Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Master of Medical Management, USC Marshall School of Business
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Murphy Pain Center, Founder and CEO
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Louisville School of Medicine
President-elect, Kentucky Society of Addiction Medicine
Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine (nominated to Board)
Pain Task Force, American Medical Association
Kentucky Medical Association
Greater Louisville Medical Society (Past-president)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: RECENT • 2019-2020
Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization, Project ECHO
• Marijuana and CBD webinar • January 9, 2020
Methodist Hospital Medical Staff Educational Seminar
• Prescribing Controlled Substances for Chronic Pain • Henderson, KY, 10/25/19
Kentucky Pharmacists Association, Northern Kentucky Educational Seminar
• Management for the Displaced Pain Patient • Florence, KY, October 12, 2019
Kentucky Court of Justice Fall Summit, Louisville, KY
• Responsive Education to Support Treatment in Opioid Recovery • 10/4/19
Kentucky Society of Addiction Medicine, Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar
• Caring for the Displaced Chronic Pain Patient • Lexington, KY, June 29, 2019
Appalachian Regional Healthcare, McDowell Hospital Medical Staff
• Treating Pain with Controlled Substances • McDowell, KY, April 24, 2019
Kentucky General Assembly, Expert testimony before the House Judiciary Committee
• House Bill 136, Legalization of Medical Marijuana • Frankfort, KY, March 6, 2019
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 20+
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Criminal, malpractice, product liability, product development, pharmaceuticals
Pain management
Opioids and other controlled substances
Methadone, buprenorphine, medication-assisted therapy (MAT) for addiction
Standard of care
Medical marijuana, cannabinoids, CBD
Wrongful death
Medical necessity
Workers Comp
Legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional practice
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 90+
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: < 10
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 30+
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2019
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: At least six times (never disqualified)
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: none
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Since 2012
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, records review, testimony
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $500/hour • No charge for initial inquiry
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $500 (two-hour minimum, initial review is generally two hours)
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $6000 per day
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $6000 per day (two-day minimum required)
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Usual and customary travel expenses


Available Upon Request

Kentucky Veterans Fighting for Medical Marijuana • February 16, 2020 Featuring comments by James Patrick Murphy, MD
Discussing "Medical Marijuana" on Kentucky Educational Television • August 28, 2018 Dr. Murphy and a colleague discuss the merits of cannabinoids as a treatment for pain
Marijuana and CBD, Project ECHO presentation • January 9, 2020 Dr. Murphy gives a comprehensive overview of the topic (slides and audio)