Adam B. Murphy, MD, assistant professor of Urology and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern Medicine, was honored with the 2022 Lurie Cancer Center Excellence Award. Dr. Murphy has dedicated his career to narrowing the gap in cancer disparities among people from minority groups, with a particular emphasis on Black men.
Dr. Murphy holds hospital appointments at Cook County Health and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center of Chicago. He has multiple high-impact publications investigating differences in prostate cancer outcomes in men from minority groups. This work has been supported by a series of funded grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Defense and the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA).
Dr. Murphy has developed a cancer health research alliance among multiple hospitals in Chicago to investigate cancer outcome disparities in Black men. This research resulted in multiple insights into the performance of established nomograms for individuals of all races with elevated cancer screening markers. Additionally, he has pioneered work in integrating advanced genomic testing into decision-making processes and clinical care of Black and other patients from minority groups. This has changed our understanding of how to screen and properly counsel patients with low levels of healthcare literacy.
Dr. Murphy is committed to addressing cancer disparities at Northwestern Medicine and beyond. He has participated on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Moonshot Panel on Biobanking, and he is now a standing member of the NIH Molecular Cancer Diagnosis and Classification study section. Most recently, he was selected to lead the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Education Committee for the NCI Cancer Prevention Clinical Trial Network.
Dr. Murphy is also assistant director of Community Outreach and Engagement of Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern Medicine, chair of the Diversity in Men’s Health Committee of SPORE in Prostate Cancer, and member of the Diversity Committee of Northwestern University’s Program in Public Health. In these roles, he advises on how increase the number of patients from minority groups in clinical trials at Lurie Cancer Center.
Through demonstrating excellence in teaching and mentorship for trainees interested in cancer disparities, Dr. Murphy has impacted many students. He has participated in multiple educational sessions with students in Feinberg School of Medicine and is an active research mentor for many urology residents and trainees. Dr. Murphy is committed to improving outcomes for Black men at risk of prostate cancer or prostate cancer progression through research, education and advocacy.
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