Shepherd Center Radio

Prevention of Diving-Related Spinal Cord Injury

Herndon Murray, MD - Speaker Bio
Herndon Murray, M.D., medical director of Shepherd Center's Spinal Cord Injury Program, is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Tulane University. He completed his orthopaedic training at Georgia Baptist Hospital, Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, and Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in California.

Dr. Murray is a member of the American Spinal Injury Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Georgia Orthopaedic Society and the Medical Association of Atlanta. He is also a clinical instructor of the division of orthopaedic surgery at Emory University.

Dr. Murray was recently named to U.S. News & World Report magazine's Top Doctors list.
  • Topic Info:A decade's worth of Shepherd Center statistics shows diving has historically been the fourth leading cause of paralyzing spinal cord injury among patients treated at the rehabilitation hospital.

    These injuries are also among the most preventable.

    Now, thanks to the efforts of Shepherd Center physician Herndon Murray, M.D., and the hospital's injury prevention program, Shepherd Center has seen a dramatic reduction in the past 18 months in spinal cord injuries caused by diving.

    Diving is simply not worth the risk, Dr. Murray says. The only safe dive is the one you don't take. Listen as Dr. Murray explains the injury prevention program and why diving is such a dangerous activity.