New facilities at Aspen Valley Hospital translates to new specialists |

New facilities at Aspen Valley Hospital translates to new specialists

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Drs. Heather and Mike Murphy (pictured far right, shown with their dedicated staff, Jamie, Jessica, Stewart and Johnna) are two of AVH’s growing list of specialists who are on-site.
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Written by Deborah Breen, President & CEO Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

With new facilities come new opportunities to grow the medical staff at Aspen Valley Hospital. Along with the recent additions of a shoulder specialist, a foot & ankle specialist, and a hip specialist in the OrthoAspen Clinic — which augment existing specialists in sports medicine and orthopedic trauma — Aspen Valley Hospital has just on-boarded husband and wife team Drs. Mike and Heather Murphy, an ophthalmologist and an ENT, respectively.

Mike Murphy, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist. He has an extensive practice that includes eye care services such as treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin where he completed his residency. He then completed a fellowship at the University of Iowa in ophthalmic plastic reconstructive lacrimal and orbital surgery, and a second fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology. These fellowships allow him to provide advanced services beyond traditional comprehensive ophthalmologic care. Heoffers cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids including blepharoplasty, treatment of blocked tear ducts and optic nerve problems, and surgical excision of skin growths on the eyelids.

Heather Murphy, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist/ENT (specializing in ear, nose, and throat). Her practice includes a full spectrum of ENT services, including: chronic sinusitis, ear infections and disorders, head and neck surgery, voice and swallowing disorders, and pediatric services for tonsils, adenoids, and ear tubes. She earned her medical degree at the University of Iowa and completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin. She is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

“We are delighted to be part of the Aspen community and have already received a warm welcome from fellow physicians, hospital staff and our patients,” says Dr. Heather. “We could not be more thrilled with our decision to relocate here and begin this new and exciting chapter in our medical careers!”

Dr. Mike is featured during the month of March on Aspen Valley Hospital’s, “Medicine in the Mountains” television show on Grassroots Community Network (view at According to Dr. Mike, Aspen holds special memories for him as a child where he learned to ski on Buttermilk during family vacations. He has always enjoyed the area and, in his words “is struck by the caring and compassionate culture of the hospital and the high quality of the medical staff.”

The Murphys join a growing team of 75 physicians on the medical staff at Aspen Valley Hospital, who now represent nearly 30 specialty fields. As the hospital completes phase 3 of the master facilities plan, and looks forward to securing the remaining funding — $21 million to be exact — to construct The Renée and Lester Crown Center for Specialty Care, continuing to build the medical staff to best serve community need is the highest priority. The Crown Clinic will serve as a point of entry not only for these fulltime specialists, but also for new specialists, and visiting specialists. Currently, AVH offers specialty care in the following areas: endocrinology, cardiology, pain management, pulmonology, urology, rheumatology, oncology, orthopedics and of course, ophthalmology and ENT.

Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation welcomes the Murphys to our exceptional healthcare family. For an appointment with either doctor, call 544-1460.


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