Ken Murray (physician)

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Ken Murray, MD, is a retired family medical doctor who had a private practice of general medicine in Studio City, California for about 25 years, until his retirement in 2006.[1] He also held a Clinical Assistant Professorship in Family Medicine at the University of Southern California, until his retirement.

He is most notable for the national attention created by the publication of his article on end-of-life issues, titled "How Doctors Die", which went viral on the internet.[1] It generated a national conversation on issues related to patient wishes at their end of life, and quality issues related to that.

He has also been a long-time commentator on health care systems, particularly managed care.[2]

Dr. Murray has been interviewed widely, such as NPR, the New York Times, and physician education sites.[1][3]

Dr. Murray was also a reviewer for "How To Report Statistics in Medicine:Annotated Guidelines for Authors, Editors, and Reviewers", by Lang and Secic, an important reference in preparing and writing scientific literature articles.[4]

Dr. Murray was previously a physician advisor/editor for the now defunct "Weekly Briefings From the New England Journal of Medicine"

He was a founder of Lakeside Medical Group in Burbank, California, served on its board for 25 years, and on the boards of several of its derivative organizations, was an corporate officer, and was a medical director for many years.[5]

He was the Commodore of Fairwind Yacht Club in Marina del Rey.

He is a frequent speaker in Southern California[citation needed] on medical topics, backpacking and outdoor topics, sailing topics, and topics on the business of medicine, and spends several months each summer doing trail maintenance in the High Sierra of California for the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew, for whom he is a crew leader.

He writes for Zocalo Public Square, an online magazine of ideas.

Dr. Murray's lifelong interest in clean water has led him to work as a wilderness ranger in the High Sierra (California's ultimate water source), and he has served in a volunteer advisory capacity to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Recycled Water Advisory Board. He also serves on the Integrated Resources Plan for the City of Los Angeles, integrating water management for the city. As part of that committee, he was jointly awarded the 2011 United States Water Prize.[6]


  1. ^ a b c New York Times article on Dr. Murray and his article on dying
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times article by Dr. Murray on Managed Care
  3. ^ NPR Interview with Dr. Murray by Patt Morrison
  4. ^ Dr. Murray in "How to Report Statistics in Medicine"
  5. ^ Executive search noting Dr. Murray's position with Lakeside Medical
  6. ^ 2011 United States Water Prize