Dr. Daniel F. Murphy
1953 - 2021
Murphy, Daniel F.

September 20, 1953 - February 18, 2021

Daniel F. Murphy, MD, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. Dan will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. He will also be remembered as a friend to so many special people in his life.

Dan received his undergraduate degree at Bucknell University, where he met his wife, Ellen, of 42 years. After attending Temple Medical School, he moved south and completed his orthopedic residency at UNC Chapel Hill where Dan excelled as an outstanding surgeon, a compassionate physician and a free spirit. In 1986, Dan, along with his wife Ellen and their two young children, Tim and Dana, moved to Greensboro to begin his career as an orthopedic surgeon.

In 1991, Dan and Dr. Bobby Wainer partnered and formed a new practice, Murphy Wainer Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. It was a partnership that would endure until Dan's retirement in December, 2018. They built their practice with the commitment to care for every patient 24/7. In return, he received the gift of gratitude and appreciation from his patients and their families.

Not only was Dan a skilled and caring doctor and surgeon, he was a teacher. He was on the teaching faculty of UNC for 30 years, training young orthopedic surgeons. In addition, along with Dr. Wainer and Dr. Bert Fields, he formed one of the first Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowships.

Dan loved sports of all varieties, both as a participant and as a team doctor. He loved being the orthopedic physician for Page, Dudley, SE Guilford and Greensboro Day School. He also was the team orthopedic physician for the many of the professional sports teams in Greensboro, including the GrassHoppers, the Generals and the Monarchs.

Dan will certainly be remembered for living life to the fullest. He worked hard and he played hard. His coworkers loved the fun he brought to the office and the hospital. His friends were also his family. Whether he was cooking for them, tasting a new tequila or skiing a black diamond, his love was infectious. The family is grateful for the love and support shown to Dan during this very difficult year.

Dan's priority was always his family. His children, Tim and Dana, were his pride. With them he shared a life time of happy moments. He taught them the value of commitment, of adventure and of laughter. Everyday he was grateful for the adults they have become. They were his heart. Dan and Ellen shared the most amazing lives watching their families grow. It was a great joy to Dan when Tim joined him in his medical practice. When Tim's family grew to include his wife, Lindsey, and their children, Hayes, Mac and Penn, the love grew, too. And with great pride, they watched Dana start her design career in NYC and then successfully bring her own firm to Durham, NC. As her family grew to include her husband, Dan, and their children, Nell and Annie, they were overwhelmed with love. The time we spent as as family are their most precious memories.

Dan is also survived by his siblings and their families; Bob, Steve, Nancy and Diane. Their twenty plus years of family reunions at Smith Mountain Lake are legendary. The traditions, the meals, the games, the love. It was always the week most looked forward to in the year.

The family wishes to extend a very special thanks to the CTICU at Cone Hospital for their kindness and expertise. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Cone Heart and Vascular Patient Care Fund online at Conehealth.com/philanthropy, with special thanks to Dr. Tom Stuckey.
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Published by Greensboro News & Record on Feb. 21, 2021.
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Ellen, my thought and prayers are with your family. Dan´s was a life fully lived!
Carol Davenport
March 5, 2021
Tom O'Shea
March 5, 2021
Terri & Bob Cool
March 2, 2021
Len and Judy White
March 2, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked for Dr Murphy for 14 years. He always made me laugh or smile. He seemed to live life to the fullest. He was an excellent surgeon who brought a lot of joy to others. My heart hurts for your family. I send you my deepest condolences and lots of hugs.
Debbie Causey
March 2, 2021
Dr. Murphy will never be forgotten in our family. He was a wonderful doctor and surgeon that performed many surgeries on our family(myself, my father, my mother, my husband and my sons. I always joked with him and said that we must have bought his vacation home for him. He always treated us like we were family and always worked to get us back to the same active lifestyle as we had prior to the injuries or worn out joints. His sense of humor was always welcomed. I personally had 5 knee surgeries and one shoulder done by him. My last was a knee replacement and he retired shortly after that. My heartfelt thoughts go out to his family, and I want to thank you for sharing him with the rest of us for so many years. Rest now Dr. Murphy.
Judy Schmidinger
February 27, 2021
Both Karen and I are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of a wonderful man and a compassionate and skillful orthopedist. Our condolences to Ellen and the entire family. For me I must be thankful and with fondness celebrate a life lived with a full heart. Rest In Peace dear friend!
Bobby and Karen Jones
February 26, 2021
Ellen - it has been a long time since I taught Dana in preschool, but I just heard of the devastating news about Dan. Please know how very sorry I am and send prayers and love to your family. I saw Dan not long ago for my knee and he was the same funny guy I remember. Such a good guy gone too soon.
Diane Murphy
February 25, 2021
We send sincere condolences for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, friend. Dr. Dan was a remarkable man, an excellent physician who performed amazing surgery on our son. He was also a friend; and his presence on this earth will be missed by so many. We always said that all physicians should model his kind, caring, sometimes funny, bedside manner. He was the best; and fortunately, Dr. Tim has so many of his dad´s characteristics, so his legacy lives on.
Sue & Butch Fields
February 24, 2021
So very sad to learn of this terrible loss for everyone who ever k ew Dan. From his family to the countless people he helped with his medical practice twice. Dan was a tremendous physician, mentor and a great friend a d an even better man. He was always happy even on the worst of days. He had a great sense of humor and was a very good athlete like the many he helped along the way. I learned so many things from this man that would be too long to list here. My thoughts a d prayers go out to his family and his friends in this difficult time.
Chris DeLucia
February 24, 2021
What a beautiful story of a man well-loved and a life devoted to others. Our sympathy and heartfelt prayers go out to you all. Friends of Rick and Nancy.
Shauni and Chip Cohron
February 24, 2021
I was a nurse at Wesley Log and knew Dr. Murphy well. He was an excellent surgeon and his patients loved him. He will be missed. He knew how to make everyone´s day better whether it was his skilled surgery or his outlandish sense of humor.
Julie Dameron
February 23, 2021
Murphy Family please know that my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you! The Murphy Wainer Practice was the one and only place to go in times of Orthopedic needs!
Debbie Shackelford
February 23, 2021
Sad to learn of Dr. Murphys passing away! Prayers for the friends and family.
Pat Nelson
February 23, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He was a friend, a colleague, a partner in some business ventures, we shared taking care of the Monarchs, Generals and any other team that I could help with. He treated myself, my wife LeAnne, and my kids. I will miss his crazy antics and enjoyed just hanging around him. He always created a laugh. My sincerest condolences go out to the whole family. You have to be so proud that he touched so many lives.
Jody Miller
February 22, 2021
Dr Murph saved my life, put me back together many times and gave me the best life advice ..... He was one of my favorite people in the world and the best surgeon in the world !!! Dr Murphy had a huge impact on my life in many positive ways. I remember his first Porsche and his last Porsche and all in between, he was a hell of a driver,,, and a gentleman... and the absolute best at his practice.......Thank you for everything Murph!!!!!!!!
Jason A Yow
February 22, 2021
Kathryn B McCusker
February 22, 2021
May God Be With In The Passing Of Dr. Daniel Murphy . You All Are In My Prayers .
B. Faye Cheek
February 22, 2021
So sorry to hear of his passing. He did surgery on my dad and several on me. He was always a Hoot, and I loved the way he treated everyone that knew him. Prayers for your family during this time
Harris Cheek
February 22, 2021
Dr. Murphy did several of my surgeries including two brand new knees which worked great. I miss the where he used to pick at me and how we used to mouth at each other in fun. He will be well missed and remembered
Cindy coble
February 22, 2021
I am so sorry for this tremendous loss! I worked in Orthopaedics at Cone and the Surgical Center. The staff and patients all loved Dr. Murphy. Our prayers go out to the family. Know that a great legacy will go on.
Barbara Sams
February 22, 2021
Jody and I are still in shock. We are so very sad and sorry for your loss and will be keeping you all in our prayers. Sending love, LeAnne
LeAnne Miller
February 22, 2021
From our family to your family, we offer our deepest sympathy-and fond memories. When Dr. Wainer didn´t have the heart to tell our son that, because if his orthopedic injury, he must miss going to camp, he sent Dr. Murphy in to deliver the bad news. Dan explained everything to our son, including the fact that Dr. Wainer had sent him to break the news! He was always fun, making even bad news easier to accept. We will always remember his kindness and empathy.
sigmund tannenbaum M.D.
February 22, 2021
The Key family sends our condolences to the Murphy family. We both so enjoyed our time working with Dr. Murphy in the OR. We learned so much from him and always had fun.
Zach and Jennifer Key
February 22, 2021
I am so sorry to hear this. He did two hip replacements for me and I will never forget how nice he was.
Rachel Stanley
February 22, 2021
Jennifer Helin
February 22, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Murphy was my orthopaedic surgeon and what a wonderful doctor and friend he was! He would always make you laugh. He treated his patients with so much compassion. There will never be another one like him! He will be greatly missed and never forgotten! My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. May God give them peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time.
Wendy Stanley
February 22, 2021
Wonderful doctor and made me laugh, so sorry, he was mighty young. Full of fun...Judy Broom
Judy Broom
February 22, 2021
I was a patient of Dr. Murphy. He was always so friendly and very professional. My deepest sympathy to his Family.
Sharron Botts
February 22, 2021
Greensboro was truly blessed by Dan's caring, leadership and people skills. I had the privilege of working with Dan in the late1980s on complex surgical cases: his abilities and judgment were second to none. Our medical community extends deepest sympathy and prayers to all who loved him. How fortunate we were that Dan chose Guilford county to help make this world a better place.
Gustav Blomquist, M.D.
February 21, 2021
As a faculty member and athletic trainer at Greensboro College, I had the pleasure of working with and learning from Dr. Murphy for 10 years. He was generous with his time, loved teaching the undergrads in our AT program, and laughing with our athletes. He was a role model for our ATs. Prayers to the family.
BC Charles-Liscombe
February 21, 2021
Very sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He live well & played hard. I'll miss his hearty mischievous laugh. A fun guy and good man!
gene berg
February 21, 2021
I was so saddened to hear of Dr. Murphy´s passing. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him and truly missed him when he retired. He was a tremendous surgeon, a great mentor to many, and a compassionate individual who truly cared about his patients and those who worked with him. His laughter and smile were infectious! My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and many friends. He will be missed by so many. I feel blessed to have been a part of his "team" for the last 16 years.
Robin Walcott
February 21, 2021
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and the family. Dr. Dan was an amazing surgeon, and wonderful employer for 22 years. He was also my friend who I will hold dearly in my heart
Kathy Kochel
February 21, 2021
Dr. Murphy was the very best at encouraging, comforting and diagnosing; my three surgeries performed by him kept me walking when I was absolutely sure I would not be whole again; what a great loss for all of us. What a man! I am so sad for his family.
Hallie Skeen Jessup
February 21, 2021
So sorry he was my surgeon for 17 years he did 9 surgery's on me I always enjoyed talking to him great Dr. He will be missed praying for the family
Michael S Hatfield
February 21, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Dr. Murphy was an amazing man who has kept us all moving over the years until his retirement. Prayers and love heading your way.
The Humbert Family
February 21, 2021
Working at Murphy-Wainer was such an honor and a very special time in my career. Dr. Murphy was always so down to earth and so involved with the community. I learned so much from him and I treasure the laughs and all the good times we had as a part of the Murphy-Wainer family. Thank you, Dr. Murphy, for your commitment to this town and all of the patients you served. We will miss you.
Jenni Fields
February 21, 2021
I will never forget the 1st time Murphy and I met. I was either his 1st or 2nd patient when he was at the practice with Dr. Paul Long, on Westover Terrace. He took time to show me around and had that great laughter. He and I stuck together till he retire...about 35 plus yrs! He took great care of me and was known for..."well what does mean and explain it for me". I always knew he was serious if came in the patient room and SAT DOWN to talk to me. My heart goes out to his wonderful family and his medical family. God speed Murphy.......
Sarah Freeman
February 21, 2021
Prayers for all. Murphy was my doctor, saw me thru broken neck, many injuries. Such a living, compassionate doctor. He was the one that cried when we discovered I had a rare, incurable disease. Fly high Murph. We will miss you.
Dona Zimmerman
February 21, 2021
I did not know "Murph". I do know Lindsey Marshall Ferrari. She shared stories of the father daughter trips with Jim and Murph. She loves him so very much and will always miss him. My warmest regards to all who knew him and love him still. Sincerely, Joya Osborne Luca and Lily´s nanny, and Lindsey´s friend
Joya Osborne
February 21, 2021
So sorry to hear about your loss. I shared many great times with Dan on the soccer field.
Stephen Lillycrop
February 21, 2021
Condolences to the family. I was a patient of his. He did 2 surgeries on my right arm. He was a special man and an awesome doctor. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for all the family.
Dayle Vogler
February 21, 2021
Dr Murphy was a excellent surgeon and he has been miss since he retired. He was my Dr since 92. He has replace several parts and they work beautiful. We offer our prayers for his family.
Jeanette bare
February 21, 2021
As a medic I knew Dr Murphy well, but I really got to know him as a person when we played ball on an EMS team. Great doc, great athlete, great guy!!!!
Joe Powell
February 21, 2021
So so sorry for this loss. Love and prayers to Ellen, their children and grandchildren, their extended family, and to their friends.
Phyllis Cage
February 21, 2021
Ellen, Tim and Dana, I am so very sorry for your loss. I saddened by the news of Dan's passing, and sorry that we hadn't seen each other is so many years. He was a wonderful guy and great fellow resident. I have wonderful memories of our time in Chapel Hill. I am thinking of you. May his memory be eternal.
Gaia Georgopoulos
February 21, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I was a former patient of Dr. Murphy. He was such a great doctor. Again I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers go to you and your family.
Julia Rinaldi (Kelley)
February 21, 2021
My prayers are with you and your family what a joy to work with.
Gloria Williams
February 21, 2021
Ellen, Tim & Dana - we extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. We have so many good memories as a friend, patient and teammate. He will be missed by all. May you find some peace in your memories and all the joy he brought so many - his legacy will live on.
Tom O'Shea
February 21, 2021
Ellen, I´m so sorry for your loss. Dan was a wonderful man and a great husband , father, and Grandfather.
Sandi Banner
February 21, 2021
Ken and I are praying for you and your family. We loved Dan and know he will be missed greatly. He was a gift to the medical community for Greensboro.
Susan Cloninger
February 21, 2021
Ellen please know that I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
Henrietta Barber
February 21, 2021