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Timothy F Murphy, PhD

Professor of Philosophy in the Biomedical Sciences

Department of Medical Education


Building & Room:

986 CMET


MC 591

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Timothy F. Murphy conducts research in the areas of professional ethics, assisted reproductive technologies, medicine and sexuality, and ethical aspects of genetic research. He is the author or editor of nine books, such as Justice and the Human Genome Project (University of California Press), Gay Science: The Ethics of Sexual Orientation Research (Columbia University Press), and Case Studies in Biomedical Research Ethics (The MIT Press). His most recent book is Ethics, Sexual Orientation, and Choices about Children (The MIT Press).  He has published more than 125 articles in professional journals such as the Journal of Medical Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Bioethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, and Reproductive Biomedicine Online, among others. His work has been supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health. He has been a member of ethics committees for such groups as the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, the American Academy of Pain Medicine. and he has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Ethics of the American Medical Association. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Bioethics and the American Journal of Bioethics.

Research Interest

Timothy F. Murphy conducts research in the areas of professional ethics, ethical aspects of sexuality and medicine with focus on sex and gender minorities, and ethical aspects of genetic research. Recent publications include: 

Parks J, Murphy TF. Supervaluation of pregnant women is reductive of women. Journal of Medical Ethics 2023 Oct 24:jme-2023-109508. 

Murphy, TF., Parks, J.A. (2023). Degendering parents on birth certificates. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (66)4: 579-594.

Murphy TF, Mumford K. Should uterus transplantation for transwomen and transmen be subsidized? AMA Journal of Ethics. 2023 ( 25)6: E431-436.

Murphy TF, Theorizing the meaning of health in abortion Law. American Journal of Bioethics 2022 (22)8: 77-79.

Murphy TF. Theorizing religion in Its meanings for bioethics. American Journal of Bioethics 2020 (20): 47-49.

  • ORCID: 0000-0001-8003-550X


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