Ryan K. Murphy, DO

Director, Rehabilitation Services, Valley Medical Group

Ryan K Murphy, DO
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Valley Medical Group
Member, ColigoCare
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VMG Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Inpatient

301 Godwin Avenue
Midland Park, NJ 07432
Phone: 201-301-1317
Fax: 201-301-1313



DO, University Of New England Coll Of Osteopathic Med


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Medical Oncology

Internship & Residency

St. Vincent's Hospital/University of Massachusetts, Internal Medicine

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, University of Maryland, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

American Board Physical Med And Rehab

Get to Know Me

What are some of the specific conditions you treat?

General deconditioning/fatigue, difficulty with activities of daily living (ADLs), gait dysfunction/balance impairment/high fall risk, stroke, musculoskeletal impairment, evaluation and management of durable medical equipment (.ie. wheelchair, rolling walker, or cane), expectation management/coordination of care, neuropathic pain, functional loss due to neuromuscular disorders, diabetic neuropathy, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, spasticity, decreased range of motion of muscles or joints, vertebral compression fractures, bracing/orthotic treatments for spine or joint dysfunction, cancer rehabilitation (such as dysfunction or impairment related to disease, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation), cancer survivorship education and counseling.

Describe some of your professional highlights.

Dr. Ryan Murphy is board certified and specializes in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (“physiatry” or PM&R). He is one of the few physiatrists with subspecialty fellowship training in cancer rehabilitation. His clinical expertise is in the evaluation, identification and treatment of impairments in function, most often due to cancer, musculoskeletal or neurological disease.

Dr. Murphy’s undergraduate education was attained at Boston University. After graduating from college, he managed cancer research trials at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Murphy then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences at Boston University’s School of Medicine. His medical degree was from University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Murphy completed his residency training at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. His diverse residency training also included instruction at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Baltimore VA Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Murphy designed and served as a co-investigator for a clinical trial at the Lapidus Cancer Institute at Sinai Hospital, aimed at improving the quality of life in cancer survivors. In addition, he completed fellowship training in cancer rehabilitation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

What would you like patients to know about your approach to care?

As a physiatrist, my clinical goals are restoring or maximizing function and quality of life due to impairment. I practice a holistic and multidisciplinary approach for comprehensive evaluation and management.  My conservative approach tends to avoid long-term use of medications. I focus on treating the root cause to provide effective and efficient treatment.

I utilize non-operative treatments such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, lymphedema therapy, pelvic floor therapy, aquatic therapy, neuropsychology, expectation counseling, durable medical equipment, prosthetics and orthotics.

My research interests include cancer survivorship, value-based care, patient safety and healthcare quality improvement.

Publications & Research


Sharma R., Molinares, D., Khanna, A., Maltser, S., Ruppert L., Wittry S., Murphy R., Ambrose A., Silver, J.; Training and Practice Patterns in Cancer Rehabilitation: A Survey of Physiatrists Specializing in Oncology Care; Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2019 May 29

Murphy R.K., Doss M., Jaccoma E.; Glucosamine Supplement Alert. Bottom Line Health 2013; 27(9):1.

Lavin RA, Murphy R. Specialized musculoskeletal examination. PM&R Knowledge NOW/American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. http://now.aapmr.org/rehab-essentials/special-assessment-mgmt strategy/ Pages/Specialized-musculoskeletal-examination.aspx (9/2013)



Murphy R., Sokolof J., Osteopathic Treatment for Cancer-Related Pain. In Gulati, A. et al, Essentials of Interventional Cancer Pain Management. 433-441; Springer, Cham 2019; ISBN 978-3-319-99682-0

Murphy R., Sokolof J., Pain in the Cancer Rehabilitation Patient. In Carayannopolous, A. Comprehensive Pain Management in the Rehabilitation Patient. 10; 107-18; Springer International Publishing, Switzerland 2017; ISBN 978-3-319-16783-1

Lavin R., Murphy R., AAPM&R Medical Education Contributor co-author for special musculoskeletal examinations content for online CME for academy members (9/2013)



Murphy R.K., Stubblefield M. Severe cervical dystonia treated with Botulinum Toxin A injection for cervical spine hardware replacement: A case report & literature review. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Sillerman Center for Rehabilitation. Poster #16, 2013 AAPM&R Annual Assembly, National Harbor, MD (10/2013)

Patel N.M., Murphy R.K., John S.T., Rosenberg C.H., Venous Thromboembolism after Meningioma Resection: A case report & literature review, 2011 AAPM&R Annual Assembly, Poster #17 Orlando, FL (11/2011) [PM&R Vol.3 Issue 10S1 p. S181, 2011]

Murphy R.K., A Representative Study of The Change in Postural Sway of Geriatric Individuals After Cataract Surgery. Annual NEOMEN Research & Scholarship Forum, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME (4/2007)




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