Murphy Lab

Blair Murphy MD

Blair Murphy, M.D. is an assistant professor and division lead of pediatric radiation oncology in the Department of Radiation Medicine. Dr. Murphy has a passion for working with children, and her clinical work focuses on how to improve the radiation treatment experience for pediatric patients. She received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, completed her internal medicine year at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and completed her radiation oncology residency training here in Portland at OHSU. She is an active member in the national collaborative Children’s Oncology Group where she served as the first radiation oncology resident member. In addition, she serves as an executive board member of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Group.  Her research interests include pediatric radiation oncology and stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastasis. She also has active interest in community engagement as she has worked with the Oregon HPV vaccination task force, has helped to re-implement the Oregon Radiation Oncology Society, and has organized annual radiation mask art events within the clinic.

  • Leading the hearing loss task force to establish guidelines on preventing ototoxicity with the Pediatric Tissue Normal Effects in the Clinic (PENTEC) international consortium
  • Enrolling patients on a national pediatric proton/photon registry to determine comparative outcomes for children treated with these two technologies
  • Collaborating on a multi-institutional trial testing the use of video distraction to decrease rates of pediatric sedation during radiotherapy

March 29, 2021

Blair Murphy, M.D., assistant professor, has been appointed to serve as a Public Member representative on the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board.

August 27, 2018

Blair Murphy, M.D. was interviewed by the rad-cast podcast about her work treating and advocating for pediatric cancer patients. Listen to the episode here: Painting with a Purpose: Immobilization and Masks for Pediatric Patients

May 24, 2018

Blair Murphy, M.D. organized and hosted a mask-decorating events to help empower young patients. Her work was featured on the OHSU Blog, making radiation therapy less daunting for young cancer patients.

December 17, 2017

Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP) featured Blair Murphy's Mask Art and Pizza Party for pediatric radiation oncology patients event. Read about the how Dr. Murphy is extending the healing power of art a bit farther.


Evolution of the prevalence of pre-residency peer-reviewed publications among incoming junior residents. McClelland Iii S, Murphy B, Jaboin JJ, Zellars RC.Postgrad Med J. 2020 Dec 3:postgradmedj-2020-139223. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2020-139223.

In Regard to Wong et al. Scarpelli DB, Murphy B, Chang BH, Nemecek E, Jaboin JJInt J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2020 Dec 1;108(5):1395-1396. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2020.07.2316.

Older publications

Prophylactic Aortic Stent Prevents Massive Hemorrhage and Hematemesis After Definitive Esophageal Chemoradiation in a Patient With Pretreatment Aortic Involvement. Murphy B, Azarbal A, Schenning RC, Bensch K, Sukumar M, Stelzer K, Nabavizadeh N.Pract Radiat Oncol. 2019 Sep-Oct;9(5):e447-e451. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2019.05.008.

How to save a leaky ship -- Pre-treatment aortic stent prevents massive hemorrhage and hematemesis following esophageal chemoradiation in a patient with aortic involvement. Murphy B, Stelzer K Bensch K, Schenning R, Azarbal AF, Sukumar M, Nabavizadeh N. Accepted for publication. Practical Radiation Oncology, May 2019.

Hasan, Mursh. Fundamentals of Radiation Oncology: Physical, Biological, and Clinical Aspects. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, 2019. Print. Contributing author, Chapter 14: Primary Brain Cancer.

Hasan, Mursh. Fundamentals of Radiation Oncology: Physical, Biological, and Clinical Aspects. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, 2019. Print. Contributing author, Chapter 23: Pediatric Cancers.

Concurrent Radiosurgery and Immune Checkpoint Inhibition: Improving Regional Intracranial Control for Patients With Metastatic Melanoma. Murphy B, Walker J, Bassale S, Monaco D, Jaboin J, Ciporen J, Taylor M, Dai Kubicky C.Am J Clin Oncol. 2019 Mar;42(3):253-257. 

Cardiac Mortality in Children and Adolescents with Hodgkin's Lymphoma: A Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Analysis. Amini A, Murphy B, Cost CR, Garrington TP, Greffe BS, Liu AK.J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2016 Jun;5(2):181-6. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2015.0067. 

Obstetric referrals from a rural clinic to a community hospital in Honduras. Josyula S, Taylor KK, Murphy BM, Rodas D, Kamath-Rayne BD.Midwifery. 2015 Nov;31(11):1054-9. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2015.07.002.