Heidi is a neonatologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and the Darby Children’s Research Institute in Charleston, SC. She has particular interests in neonatal acute kidney injury (AKI) and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) as well as continuous renal replacement therapy utilization (CRRT) during extracorporeal life support (ECLS).
Heidi attended Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she was supported by a full Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Scholarship. At LSU, she was a member of the Honors College (as well as the Golden Band from Tigerland #GeauxTigers!!) and earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee before returning to Louisiana to complete her pediatrics training at Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) and Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. During her time at LSUHSC, she was honored to receive an Outstanding Teaching Resident Award bestowed by the LSU School of Medicine third year medical school class, the Penny Scurto, M.D., Outstanding Pediatric Resident Award bestowed by the LSU Department of Pediatrics faculty, and the 7th Annual Gretchen M. Life, M.D., Award bestowed by her peers. After serving as chief resident at LSUHSC, she moved to Charleston where she completed her neonatology training at MUSC. She joined the MUSC faculty in 2018 and since then has earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree.
Since early in her fellowship training, Heidi has studied the impacts of CRRT utilization during neonatal ECLS on nutrition provision, lung opacification, and inflammatory cascades. She joined the Kidney Intervention during Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (KIDMO) study group in 2018 and enjoys collaborating with this diverse and fun group on multiple projects examining renal disease and outcomes in pediatric and neonatal ECLS. She recently received a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Loan Repayment Program award to support her investigations to better understand how standard medical treatment regimens for PDA management impact renal health and outcomes. In 2021, Dr. Murphy looks forward to beginning to serve on the Journal of Perinatology Editorial Board, continuing her work with Baxter to study CRRT effects on inflammatory cascades, and enjoying her time collaborating with KIDMO colleagues and the NKC.
Dr. Murphy is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal perinatal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling with her fiancé, enjoying college athletic events, and spoiling her nieces and nephews.