The Semmes Murphey Foundation actively pursues clinical and scientific research that saves lives.


We pride ourselves in providing new research that will further the field of neuroscience and lead to better methods, systems, techniques, and resources. Our pediatric neurosurgeons are active at LeBonheur, St. Jude Children’s Research Center, and The University of Tennessee Neuroscience Institute in order to conduct clinical studies, evaluate new treatments, and treat children with brain tumors.

Semmes Murphey physicians Dr. Brandon Baughman and Dr. Paul Kilmo are part of an elite team exploring the effects and treatment of sports concussions. Dr. Baughman leads research and community education efforts, and Dr. Kilmo was instrumental in helping draft and lobby a successful sports concussion bill. 

The Semmes Murphey Foundation also helped found the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI). MERI is a not-for-profit teaching and research facility that offers state-of-the-art, hands-on educational courses for physicians around the world.

Latest Research Studies

The National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD)

Spinal Motion KINEFLEX-C

Medtronic Bone Graft/PEEK/INFUSE

Medtronic PRESTIGE Artificial Disc