Murphy named chief quality officer for UI Health Care

University of Iowa Health Care has named James Murphy, MD, its chief quality officer. Starting on May 1, he will oversee all patient quality and safety initiatives across our organization with a focus on continuous improvement across patient care and related services.

James Murphy, MD

Murphy will also hold a faculty appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

With more than 17 years of experience at Boston Medical Center (BMC) in quality improvement, patient safety, operations management, critical care and pulmonary medicine, and clinical pharmacology, he has successfully developed, led, and implemented many projects and institutional changes leading to improvements in patient quality of care and safety.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Murphy join us as our next chief quality officer,” says Theresa Brennan, MD, chief medical officer. “He brings a wealth of experience in operational and quality improvements.”

Murphy attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in the Bronx, New York. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.

He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, where he majored in English literature and classical humanities. He planned to pursue a PhD in medieval literature; however, while living in an Aikido monastery in Japan, he decided to pursue medicine.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to continue to foster UI Health Care’s culture of quality, safety, and continuous performance improvement,” says Murphy.  “I look forward to collaborating with others on the health care team and across the enterprise.”

Derek Zhorne, MD, associate quality officer of UI Stead Family Children’s, will continue to serve as interim chief quality officer until Murphy begins.

“We’re grateful to Dr. Zhorne for his leadership during this time of transition,” says Brennan. “He has kept us on a track of continuous improvement in quality and safety and has set us up for continued success with Dr. Murphy.”