Dr. James Murray, November 23, 2022


Dr. James Murray, November 23, 2022
Dr. James Murray
Ethan Ryan
Bassett Medical Alumni Association
Bassett Medical Center
Cooperstown, New York
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Rochester, New York
Sleep Medicine
Unity Hospital
Dr. James Murray is the current president of the Bassett Medical Alumni Association. Murray was born in New York, New York on September 26, 1971. He attended Cooperstown High School in 1989 and got his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1993, completed medical school at Midwestern University in 2000, and worked at Bassett Medical Center as a pulmonologist from 2000 to 2004. Dr. Murray now holds the title of President of the Bassett Medical Alumni Association but is still a practicing pulmonologist in Rochester, New York. As a medical professional, Dr. Murray experienced the COVID-19 pandemic from the start to the modern day and shared his experiences firsthand in this interview.

In March 2020, SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19 hit the United States of America. The medical field was unprepared for the pandemic and front-line workers, like medical professionals, were hit with a wave of stress, fear, and overall anxiety for the world's future. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread like wildfire, it was up to doctors and nurses of all fields to attempt to care for an influx of patients with minimal supplies. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, while lessened in 2022, changed how medical professionals view their positions and the importance of dedication to their work.

Dr. Murray’s anecdotes include his time in medical school, his journey as a professional, and his firsthand experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. The highlights of his interview include his connections with other medical professionals that span over decades and his insight on the public reaction to COVID-19 in the Spring of 2020. I interviewed Dr. Murray via Zoom in Cooperstown, New York, while he resided in his home in Rochester, New York.

This interview was completed over a Zoom video chat. While the audio from Dr. Murray was clear and easy to hear, there are instances when Dr. Murray’s words may be unclear due to the format of the interview. I have attempted to clarify his language, but there may be missing details, and researchers are encouraged to consult the audio recordings.
Time Summary
Track 1, 0:37 - Schooling
Track 1, 5:50 - Career
Track 1, 13:17 - Healthcare
Track 1, 27:27 - Bassett Medical
Track 1, 38:50 - COVID-19
Ethan Ryan
Cooperstown Graduate Program, State Univerity of New York at Oneonta
Cooperstown Graduate Association, Cooperstown, NY