Dr. Kent Murphy, MD

Dr. Kent Murphy, MD

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery  |  
Male  |  
59 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Kent Murphy, MD is an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery doctor who practices in Hermitage, TN. He is 59 years old and has been practicing for 37 years. Dr. Murphy is affiliated with Tristar Summit Medical Center.

Summit ENT Associates

5653 Frist Blvd Ste 231

Hermitage, TN 37076
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Alliant Health Plans
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid

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Care Philosophy

Committed to improving the quality of life for our patients by delivering the highest quality healthcare by recognizing and affirming the unique intrinsic value of each patient.
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Dr. Murphy's Experience

Dr. Murphy's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Board certified in Otolaryngology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • ENT Cancer
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Eating Disorders
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Facial Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Geographic Tongue
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Lip Cancer
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Otosclerosis
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Swimmer's Ear
  • TMJ
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tinnitus
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Voice Disorders


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  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tonsillectomy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 1980
  • David Grant USAF Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Indiana University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • USAF School of Aerospace Medicine
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Berry Prize for Excellence in Federal Healthcare, 2003
  • America's Top Doctors, 2010
Media & Publications

Dr. Murphy has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Murphy's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Murphy to family and friends
based on 86 total reviews (16 with comments)
Dr. Murphy's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (16)
in Nashville, TN |
I have been a patient in this office for several years. Dr. Murphy and his assistant are both extremely friendly and professional. I have the utmost confidence in both of them.
in Hermitage, TN |
Dr. Murphy is a very caring, and personable person. .He did throat surgery on me June 29th, 2017 and I was nervous about being put to sleep, but he answered all my questions and reassured me and made me feel better. The surgery went perfectly.
I had symptoms like a chronic sinus infection and decided to see an ENT after many trips to my primary doctor with the issues. I was told I needed sinus surgery and that would help with my breathing/sinus issues. I paid quite a bit of money to have a surgery that has not helped whatsoever! At each follow-up visit, I continued to stress how my symptoms were only getting worse. Not only did he ignore my concerns,he didnt even bother to try and find out what could be causing it! Very dissappointed!
Mount Juliet, TN |
Dr. Murphy and Bill are wonderful at calmly explaining everything for you.
in Nashville, TN |
The operation performed on my septum, by Dr. Murphy was a complete success. I did not have to take pain medication following my surgery. I did everything I was told to do and I did not have any complications and was able to avoid extended visits with the doctor. I highly recommend Dr. Murphy. My GP, Bob Gaston, Jr., recommended Dr. Murphy, and Dr. Murphy exceeded his recommendation. I say, Thank You, to both doctors."
in Nashville, TN |
I had turbinate reduction and sinuplasty a few months ago and it has changed my life! For the first time in years I am not dealing with the symptoms of reoccurring sinusitis! Dr. Murphy is a wonderful, caring doctor and Bill and the entire staff are the best.
in Springfield tn |
He is very professional and his staff is very helpful in all times
in Crossville, TN |
I have a hearing loss and was referred to Dr. Murphy by my GP. He and his staff are remarkable! They diagnosed my case and provided solutions. Each one of them kept me informed in laymen's terms during each step of the diagnostics. I am so pleased with the care I received!
in Lebanon, tn |
I have been plagued with sinus issues every spring and fall for over 30 years. Thanks to sinus surgery performed by Dr. Murphy I can enjoy the seasons changing.
in Hermitage, TN |
I appreciate Dr. Murphy's experience, his straightforwardness and honesty. He is not a touchy feely type doctor but he is thorough, kind, professional and honest. I will return for any of my ENT needs. I highly recommend him as an ENT.
Mount Juliet, TN |
I have had severe sinus problems my entire life (I'm 65!), and Dr. Murphy was the first professional to truly listen to me, to examine me, and to treat me in a way that helped and healed me! His expertise and his caring nature is a double WIN for anyone blessed to be his patient. Besides that, his staff (especially the physician's assistant) is remarkable and helpful! I would highly recommend him to anyone with ear, nose or throat issues.
in Mount Juliet, TN |
Very knowledgeable and thorough. Love the staff also!
in Hermitage, TN |
i kept having recurring sinus infections and finally decided to see an ENT-Dr.Murphy... he did a ct and explained that i had very large tubinates that were blocking my sinus. he did surgery and i have never been able to breath this good since i can remember. his staff is awesome and Bill as well as DR murphy explained the entire process to me from beginning to end.i an so much better since i has my turbinate rduction. thank you to everyone in the office for being awesome. the best ENT ever.
in Nashville |
Dr Murphy had made my life so much better. He correctly diagnosed me after I had seen several other doctors that couldn't figure it out. He made sure he answered any questions I had, and the overall experience was great. Finally I can breath at night without feeling miserable when I lay down to sleep.
in Mount Juliet, TN |
I have had breathing issues for my entire adult life and with Dr. Murphy and his expertise it has cleared up snoring issues and given me energy and unobstructed breathing. Surgery was quick with minimal discomfort, Healing was quick and went smoothly with his followups every 10 days for the best results. I would have no reservations in recommending Dr. Murphy and his staff!
in Mt Juliet, TN |
Everyone at the office is very helpful, they are prompt with their service, and the surgery team was great!
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Murphy accepts 20 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Managed Choice POS
    Managed Choice PPO
    Open Choice PPO
  • Alliant Health Plans
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna POS
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
    Freedom Plus
    Medicare Choice Plus PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
    Choice Care
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • PHCS
  • Signature Health Alliance
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus
    Options PPO
  • Wausau Benefits

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Hospitals where Dr. Murphy has admitting privileges

Tristar Summit Medical Center
5655 Frist Blvd
Hermitage, TN 37076
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