Joshua S. Murphy, MD, is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with an interest in complex spinal deformities, including scoliosis, spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis, in addition to general and complex musculoskeletal care that includes trauma and lower extremity deformity. Dr. Murphy has a strong research interest and is a member of multicenter study groups like the Pediatric Spine Study Group, which focuses on improving care for children with early onset scoliosis, and Children’s Orthopaedic and Trauma Infection Consortium for Evidence-Based Study (CORTICES) that researches pediatric and adolescent musculoskeletal trauma. He also leads a variety of prospective and retrospective studies within the Children’s System.
Dr. Murphy continues to actively participate in medical innovation and is one of only a few surgeons in Georgia who performs anterior vertebral body tethering—a minimally invasive approach to treating scoliosis in patients with growth remaining. He is actively enrolling patients in multicenter studies and participating in the Post-Market Study with the Harms Study Group in an effort to develop a better understanding of vertebral body tethering treatment for our patients.
He remains active on leadership committees with the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and Scoliosis Research Society (SRS). Dr. Murphy is a consulting associate with the Duke University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and an adjunct clinical professor with Emory University School of Medicine, where he actively participates in training orthopedic surgery residents and our pediatric orthopedic surgery fellows.
In his free time, Dr. Murphy enjoys spending time with his family, as well as mountain biking, running, skiing, surfing and traveling.
Focus of Practice
- Spinal care
- Limb and foot deformity
- Neuromuscular (cerebral palsy and spina bifida)
Areas of Interest
- Orthopaedic trauma
- Complex spine deformity, including scoliosis
- Limb deformity
- Neuromuscular diseases
Research & Publications
Trauma, Spine deformity
Scoliosis: 4 Tips on Wearing a Back Brace
Wearing a back brace for scoliosis can be tough for kids. But with these smart tips from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta spine team, you can help your child wear a brace comfortably and effectively.learn more
Vertebral Body Tethering
Vertebral body tethering, also known as VBT or spinal tethering, is an innovative procedure and minimally invasive approach to scoliosis surgery in children with growth remaining.Learn more
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Bailey’s Spine Was Worth the Drive
This family didn’t hesitate to cross state lines so Bailey Brisby's scoliosis could be treated by the nation’s top orthopedic specialists at Children’s.bailey
Steroids Reduce Opioid Use After Scoliosis Surgery
A Children’s study shows that patients receiving steroids used pain medicine 40% less often and returned to school more quickly.LEARN MORE
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