John Matthew Murphy, MD, FACP is president & CEO of the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN). A neurologist by training, he oversees a billion-dollar health network anchored by Danbury, New Milford and Norwalk hospitals, along with multiple health subsidiaries.Murphy sets the vision and strategy as the organization continues to grow in size and capability with current plans to join with Health Quest in New York State in 2019.
Born the youngest of six children to Irene and Eugene Murphy, and raised in New Jersey, John’s extended family of Murphy’s, Egan’s, O’Keefe’s and Kelly’s hail from many towns in the west of Ireland. His family first arrived in New York City in the early 1900’s and soon after, his grandfathers were earning a living as a police officer and a bus driver. His love of family and his Irish heritage has no bounds.
Dr. Murphy graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University and attended Rutgers Medical School before completing his training in Internal Medicine and Neurology in NJ. He married his wife, Nancy, and moved to Connecticut where he practiced neurology for 20 years. Murphy was involved in teaching and research in neurodegenerative disease prior to shifting his focus to healthcare administration. He volunteers on many healthcare and community boards and committees, and has made many trips to Lourdes, France as a physician volunteer with the Order of Malta. Closer to home, he continues to advocate for the underserved and treats uninsured patients in the local clinic. ♦