About the Coat of Arms

You’ve gotten here because you were interested in and clicked on the Coat of Arms. The Murphy Coat of Arms is designed to remind us of our ideals and aims as a medical practice. A coat of arms is a unique heraldic design on an escutcheon (i.e. shield), surcoat, or tabard. The coat of arms on an escutcheon forms the central element of the full heraldic achievement which consists of shield, supporters, crest, and motto. The design is a symbol unique to an individual person or family, corporation, or state.


From Virgil’s Georgica, 3:455: Medicae adhibere manus, translated as ‘to apply healing hands

The Murphys are healers and believe that merely becoming a healer is a responsibilty. This responsibilty must be lived up to each and every day. Anything less is not an option. One must apply their profession daily. Thus “To Apply the Healing Hands”. Apply yourself in healing your patients. Each and Every Day.

Our Escutcheon: An English Mediaeval Green Shield with Gold Chief and Gold Chevron

Green is the ancient academic regalia for the Natural Arts, Theology and Medicine. So too are physicians of the Murphy Medical Associates healers and should guide patients in all of these realms.

Chief: The Gold Chief is an honor given to the Murphy Family. Gold in ancient Heraldry symbolizes Generosity and Elevation of the mind. The Murphy Medical Associates give this same honor to its employees and clinicians. They are expected to continuously learn and generously give this knowledge to patients and peers.

Chevron: The Gold Chevron is a symbol for those who have accomplished some work of faithful service. The Murphy family has faithfully served their patients. The employees of the Murphy Medical Associates do the same and are expected to faithfully carry the duty of healthcare without exception.

Our Escutcheon Symbols:

Oak Tree: Great age and strength. The Murphy family is ancient and well established in Ireland initially from Wexford and with the American Murphy lineage of Dr Murphy established in Connecituct and migrating to colonial Pennsylvania. Of the Ulster clan, these Murphys settled a town in Pennsylvania named “Ulster”.

The Murphy Medical Associates trace this long lineage and history through the acquisition of two ancient practices in the town of Greenwich. Dr Murphy’s original office in Greenwich was located in the Hyde House. This House was the home of the founder of Greenwich Hospital, Dr. Fritz Carleton Hyde. The executive suite in Greenwich Hospital is named for him. The employees and clinicians of The Murphy Medical Associates are to be strong in their guidance for care of their patients, strong in their relations with other clinicians and strong of mind.

Beacon/Lighthouse: From the Saxon ‘becnian’ meaning ‘beckon’ or come together; the Mariners’ symbol of hope. Betoken on one who is watchful, or who gave the signal in time of danger. The modern-day lighthouse is a symbol of the latter. The Ancient Murphy family is that of Mariners who travelled from Ireland to America. The Murphy name itself, which means ‘sea warrior’, takes its form from two very different ancient Gaelic septs (or clans) – the O’Murchadha and the MacMurchadha. The physicians and employees of the Murphy Medical Associates are to be watchful at all times. They are here to serve the patients and give the signal in times of danger. We are the early warning and detection system for our patients. We diagnose problems and steer the patient clear from mortal danger. Much like the lighthouse, we do this early enough for the patient to adjust their disease process or lifestyle to prevent disease and death.

Rod of Aesculapius: also known as the Staff of Asclepius, sometimes also spelled Asklepios or Aesculapius, and as the asklepian is a serpent-entwined rod wielded by the Greek god Asclepius, a deity associated with healing and medicine. The symbol has continued to be used in modern times, where it is associated with medicine and health care, yet frequently confused with the staff of the god Hermes, the caduceus. The original Hippocratic Oath began with the invocation “I swear by Apollo the Physician and by Asclepius and by Hygieia and Panacea and by all the gods. This Murphy family is a family of physicians and the Murphy Medical Associates are to recall the oath they swore and higher service they are called to perform.

Right Supporter: Eagle

One who is high-spirited, ingenious, quick-witted, and judicious. These factors are at the core of Dr. Murphy and his team of clinicians. The Murphy Medical Associates will only hire staff and clinicians who demonstrate these characteristics.

Left Supporter: Bear

Strength, cunning, ferocity in the protection of one’s kindred. Family First is the guiding principle for the Murphys and the Murphy Medical Associates treat ALL patients of their practices as family. The staff and clinicians will serve faithfully to protect and heal their patients as they would their own families.

Ivy Wreath Surrounding Escutcheon: Ivy was an ancient pagan and Christian symbol for eternal life. In heraldry the have come to mean Protection and healing; strong and lasting friendship. The Murphy family as well as the Murphy Medical Associates are dedicated to healing and protecting their family and friends. All patients are treated as family, all employees are treated as family. All are extended the friendship, hospitality and healing of the Murphy Medical Associates.

We ask that all who know our aims and goals gladly profess them to the public.


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North Stamford Medical Associates

30 Buxton Farm Road,

Stamford, CT 06905

Phone. 203-658-6051

Fax. 888-397-2148