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ASN Society News - July 5, 2021

The Passing of Barbara Murphy, MB BAO BCh, FRCPI

Dear Colleague,

I am heartbroken that our beloved colleague and friend Barbara Murphy, MB BAO BCh, FRCPI, passed away on Wednesday, June 30.

Dr. Murphy was a dynamo—a bright light in our field and a fearless leader who transformed kidney care through her tireless advocacy, innovative research, and many leadership roles at ASN, the American Society of Transplantation, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Health System in New York, NY. Although Dr. Murphy's life was tragically cut short, she accomplished more than most could in many lifetimes, and she did so with an Irish charm and a wit that could match anyone in the room and then some.

This year, ASN launched a new lifetime achievement Trailblazer Award. In recognition of her amazing achievements, Dr. Murphy was the inaugural recipient, and the award will bear her name in perpetuity.

Dr. Murphy leaves behind a large and loving family, including her husband, Peter, son, Gavin, mother and father, Anne and John Murphy, brother, Dr. Kieran Murphy, and sister, Dr. Celine Murphy, as well as a large extended family and network of friends. Please keep Barbara's family in your thoughts and prayers.

As we look to the future, I hope each of us will channel Barbara's legacy in some way. Knowing her has made me, and so many others, a better person and a stronger professional. The world is a better place because of Dr. Murphy, and her legacy will live on through her many talented mentees.

I will miss our dear friend.


Susan E. Quaggin, MD, FASN