Social Security Death Index Record
Name: Frederick Murtagh
Last Residence: 19096 Wynnewood, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Born: 16 May 1917
Died: 16 Jun 1996
State (Year) SSN issued: Pennsylvania (Before 1951 )
The Society of Neurological Surgeons
Frederick Murtagh, MD
FREDERICK MURTAGH was born on May 16, 1917 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and Muhlenberg College from 1936 to 1939 and graduated from Temple University Medical School in March of 1943. He began active duty in the U.S. Navy two days later where he served an internship at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Later, assigned to the Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, he became sole Medical Officer on the U.S.S. Wythe, an LST support ship; participated in the Liberation of the Philippines, the Okinawa campaign and then six months in the occupation of North China. Before being released to inactive duty in 1947, he spent a year in general surgery with Dr. Robert Brown at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia and had the opportunity to operate with Dr. William German and Axel Olsen.
In 1947 the opportunity arose to work with Dr. Temple Fay at his private clinic in Chestnut Hill, Pa. An 18-month preceptorship with this master neurosurgeon and consummate neurologist provided a remarkable clinical foundation that lasted a lifetime. Additional training was acquired on the neurosurgical service at Temple University where he joined the Faculty in 1951 and was Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1953.
At Temple he worked with Dr. Edward Chamberlain developing the techniques of cerebral angiography, with Dr. Herbert Stauffer on pantopaque myelography and fractional pneumoencephalography and with Drs. Spiegel and Wycis on their early work with stereotactic surgery.
Interests later focused on Pediatric Neurosurgery and he organized the first neurosurgical service at St. Christophers Hospital for Children in 1958.
He became Professor of neurosurgery in 1965 and Chairman of the Division of Clinical Neurological Sciences, and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery in 1968.
In 1975, Dr. Tom Langfitt invited him to come to the University of Pennsylvania as Co-Chairman of the Section of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Neurosurgical Training Program. They enjoyed a 15-year association.
Dr. Murtagh is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; a member of the Philadelphia County Medical Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the AMA. He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; co-founder and Past President of the Philadelphia Neurosurgical Society. He is a member of the Harvey Cushing Society, Founder member of the Pediatric Section: Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Murtagh retired from surgical practice in 1990 and was Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania, and served as President of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
He married Mary Shaner Murtagh on April 17, 1943 and they had three children: Frederick Reed Murtagh, M.D., Dean Frederick Murtagh, J.D., and Merry Jane Murtagh, S.D.
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