Anne Marie Murphy, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force

Dr. Murphy was named the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force in April 2010. She originally joined the Task Force in April 2009 as the Director of the Chicago Breast Cancer Quality Consortium, a project of the Task Force that is a collaborative of healthcare providers dedicated to eliminating racial health disparities in breast cancer in the Metropolitan Chicago area. Under her leadership, the Consortium became the first Patient Safety Organization approved by the Federal Government exclusively dedicated to quality improvement in the area of breast cancer.

Prior to joining the Task Force, Dr. Murphy was the Illinois Governor's Director of State Healthcare Initiatives where she was responsible for the design of new healthcare initiatives in particular in the areas of women's health, men's health and patient safety and universal healthcare initiatives. Dr. Murphy has been instrumental in implementing all of the state's major healthcare expansions over the time period 2003 to 2009 including the expansion of the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program to cover ALL uninsured women in the State.

From 2003 to the end of 2006, Dr. Murphy was the Illinois Medicaid and SCHIP Director serving over 2.2 million Illinoisans with a budget of over $11 billion in FY05. Dr. Murphy was instrumental in designing and bringing to fruition the All Kids program, which is the first program in the nation to provide health insurance to all uninsured children. She also oversaw the creation of the Illinois Cares Rx prescription drug program, the Illinois Healthy Women's family planning program, a new Veterans Care program, the redesign of the Illinois Medicaid program to include a primary care case management and disease management program and a variety of other healthcare initiatives.

Prior to taking the position of Illinois' Medicaid Director, Dr. Murphy was a senior health care policy advisor for Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) from January 1997 to May 2003. In that capacity, Dr. Murphy advised the Senator on all aspects of healthcare and welfare policy, including Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, public health, mental health, medical research, Food and Drug Administration issues, domestic violence prevention and veterans' health care.

Before joining the Durbin staff, Dr. Murphy was a Health, Education and Labor Committee staff member for Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) and Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D- MA).

Dr. Murphy's career has focused on a very wide range of healthcare issues from state financing and budgeting to public health, consumer safety and strategies to reduce the number of uninsured.

Anne Marie earned a Bachelors Degree in Natural Sciences (Honors) from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


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