Richard K. Murray

Dr Richard Murray, Deputy Chief Medical Office, MSD (known as Merck & Co. Inc. in the US and Canada)(Keynote)

Richard K. Murray, MD, is currently Deputy Chief Medical Officer at MSD (known as Merck & Co. in the US and Canada). Previously he was Head of the Global Center for Scientific Affairs (2010-2014), and Vice President for US External Medical and Scientific Affairs (2007-2010).

Dr. Murray joined MSD in November 1994, and helped found the US Regional Medical Director Program. He held positions of increasing authority in US External Medical and Scientific Affairs until assuming its leadership in 2007.

Prior to joining MSD Dr. Murray was Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he was an investigator in the area of reactive airways disease, smooth muscle function, and calcium signaling. He was also Co-Director of the Adult Asthma Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Murray graduated from Clark University with an AB in Psychology and an MA in Chemistry. He graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in 1981 and subsequently was a Medical Resident, Chief Medical Resident and Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Dr. Murray is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. He serves on the Board of the Merck Foundation as well as the Board of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network.
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