William Murphy, D.O.

AOAAM Board of Trustee

Dr. Murphy started as a solo family physician in 1980, and is Board Certified in Family Practice accordingly. Dr. Murphy became certified in Addiction with the first group of physicians to take the certification exam offered in 1987 by “The American Medical Society on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependencies,” (later called ASAM). He became a “Fellow” with the first group of physicians designated as such by ASAM in 2002 and is now a “Distinguished Fellow.” 

He became Board Certified by ABAM, with the first group of physicians designated as such in 2009. In 1988, he was a Charter Member of the “American Osteopathic Academy of Addictionology” (now called The American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine). For the past 4 years, Dr. Murphy has held the position which he currently maintains as the Family Practice Residency Director for Largo Medical Center in Florida. Dr. Murphy’s practice location is at Largo Family Care where he also serves as the Medical Director. He also developed the first Osteopathic Fellowship in Addiction Medicine in the country accredited by ABAM, which he also serves as the Program Director. Unfortunately, the Program has not been funded as of yet and therefore has not been activated. Dr. Murphy believes that “the lack of funding for these important medical educational components is a severe deficiency and the availability of funds should be a priority. Dr. Murphy also has a Master’s of Science in Medical Education. He did his thesis on, “Developing a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine Combined with a Masters in Medical Education.”  Dr. Murphy has 5 years as a full time staff member at LECOM, including one year as the head of the Behavioral Medicine Program. As such, he developed a lecture series in Addiction Medicine for Medical Students. He also served as preceptor and developed a clinical rotation in Addiction Medicine for 3rd-4th year medical students. Dr. Murphy has at least 20 years of experience as Medical Director for different substance abuse treatment centers. Dr. Murphy has additional experience in ER/Urgent Care Medicine and has served several years as Deputy Coroner. Dr. Murphy’s awards include the Wendell Rollason Award for outstanding service to those in need under difficult circumstances. Accordingly he was recognized as the model physician for other physicians to emulate by the Florida Association of Community Health Centers. Dr. Murphy was recognized and received a plaque in Charlotte County, recognizing him as a “Home Town Hero” after Hurricane Charley devastated the area. Additionally in a ceremony Dr. Murphy was recognized by then Governor Bush for services provided to those in need. Dr. Murphy received the Merck Award for Excellence for his superior treatment of hypertension, cholesterol problems, and for the primary care of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Murphy is twice past President for the Florida Osteopathic Medical Society, District 7, which includes Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Desoto Counties. Dr. Murphy is an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and an adjunct professor for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM-Bradenton campus). Dr. Murphy recently became certified to prescribe and implant probuphine.

Dr. Murphy is an Army veteran, serving in the infantry in Vietnam where he received a Combat Infantry Badge and a Purple Heart. Dr. Murphy has been married for over 44 years and has 4 grown children.

The mission of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine is to improve the health of individuals and families burdened with the disease of addiction.

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