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


An important part of the legacy and future of Semmes Murphey Clinic is a dedication to research.  Our goal is to improve current and invent new methods, protocols, techniques and educational resources to enhance patient care and advance the field of neuroscience.

The Semmes Murphey team accomplishes this in many ways.

Our pediatric neurosurgeons actively lead and participate in clinical studies at St. Jude Children’s Research Center, the University of Tennessee Neuroscience Institute, and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.  These studies evaluate new drugs, treatments, and protocols in search of better and more successful treatments for 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 then successfully lobby for a sports concussion bill that has positively affected children and adult athletes.


The Semmes Murphey Foundation also helped found the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) which is a nonprofit teaching, training and research facility that offers state-of-the-art, hands-on educational courses. 

Physicians, nurses and other medical professionals from around the world come to Memphis to study and train at MERI.  Medical professionals are introduced to the latest innovations in medicine and learn first-hand about the most up-to-date medical techniques and technologies.

The preferred teaching site for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, MERI also supports research in all specialties by providing the most effective bio-skills lab environments for achieving maximal outcomes for today’s studies.

The MERI staff has also created special training courses to help improve the care and services provided by emergency response teams.   Scholarships provided by the Semmes Murphey Foundation allow local and regional first responders to participate in these courses at no charge.  

Click here to visit the MERI website.


Latest Research Studies

The National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD)

Spinal Motion KINEFLEX-C

Medtronic Bone Graft/PEEK/INFUSE

Medtronic PRESTIGE Artificial Disc