|Portrayed by||Johnny Kastl|
|Employer||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|"My Mentor" ••• "My Soul on Fire, Part 2"|
|Pictures of Doug|
- “Hey, J.D. You keep wheelin' em in, I'll keep wheelin' em out.”— Doug
Dr. Doug Murphy, Pathology MD is a pathologist who works at Sacred Heart Hospital. He started as a medical intern on the same day as J.D., Turk, and Elliot but was a very incompetent doctor, accidentally killing many of his patients. He had to repeat a year of residency due to his ineptitude, but his ability to recognize causes of deaths led him to become a pathologist.
Doug is portrayed in Johnny Kastl and appears as a supporting character in 49 episodes of Scrubs' first eight seasons. He was first seen in the episode "My Mentor" and was last seen in "My Soul on Fire, Part 2". It is assumed he is working at New Sacred Heart as a pathologist, but because he was not seen in Season Nine it is unknown.
Rough years as a doctor
(Repeats year of residency)
Doctor Doug Murphy is a gifted pathologist, once an incompetent doctor of medicine. He is so inept he kills virtually every patient with whom he comes in contact (e.g., ordering 500,000 milligrams of morphine for a patient). Dr. Cox once noted that Doug had "killed so many patients, I'm starting to think that he just might be a government operative." He is also extremely nervous and unsure of himself. Once, Dr. Kelso mentioned he overheard Doug telling a patient, "Stop bleeding, stop bleeding, oh dear God, please stop bleeding." He was personally affected when he found a hamster in a dead guy's colon. The hamster, thereafter named Angie, was in the care of the children in pediatrics until it died and was claimed by Janitor post-mortem.
After being the only person in the history of Sacred Heart Hospital to repeat his third year of residency, he transferred from internal medicine to pathology. It is revealed that Doug is an expert coroner due to his experience with death: He botched so many procedures on his living patients that he has seen most of the ways that people can die. He joined the pathology department with Dr. Walch. ("My Malpractical Decision") Once, Dr. Kelso even congratulated him for going 4 days without killing a patient and gave him a cupcake. His skill at diagnosing cause of death is nearly to the level of a savant, a skill that was discovered by Elliot after trying to save Doug's career. Doug also has several means of death named after him: On his first visit to the morgue he identifies a patient's cause of death instantaneously, explaining his accuracy by pointing out "Upstairs they call that a 'Doug'!".
This has not prevented him from still making mistakes such as forgetting his gurney, misplacing a dead body or waiting too long to get a patient before rigor mortis sets in (during Laverne Roberts' autopsy he left his cell phone in her body ("My Words of Wisdom")). He is under the impression that the dead bodies in the morgue are out to get him, after several of them fell on him (leading to him breaking both his feet on more than one occasion). Doug even used to tag people before they were dead (out of boredom). He also has been seen playing Texas Hold'em with dead bodies, and using one as a beverage holder, because it "keeps it cool". Doug once lost the keys to his Miata in a cadaver. ("My Big Bird") He also purposely abandons a dead body in the parking lot. ("My Musical") Dr. Cox takes special pleasure in tormenting him, calling him "Nervous Guy" or "Pee Pants"; these names stick even after Doug finally finds his confidence. He also once referred to him as "Mr. Murphy" instead of the otherwise earned title of 'Doctor'. He also eats a lot of lollipops, as do the rest of the morgue employees. Elliot referred to the morgue guys as "cliquey". ("My Transition") Keith Dudemeister said he wished he had cool morgue friends.
He is often seen hanging out with the hospital's lawyer, Ted Buckland, as they both enjoy biking and competing in triathlons and share a resentment of Dr. Kelso. However, after Danni Sullivan makes out with both of them at Turk and Carla's wedding, they have come to blows on several occasions. Doug enjoys being a member of the Brain Trust but is often pushed out by new members. He dislikes when Lloyd takes his spot. ("My Soul on Fire, Part 1") He spent time alone in a morgue drawer when he did not receive an invitation to Janitor's wedding in the Bahamas because Ted (who was in charge of invites) forgot to give it to him. The rest of the Brain Trust didn't seem to miss him though. ("My Soul on Fire, Part 2")
- Dr. Kelso
- Dead people
- Dead people who aren't dead
- Dead people who are dead
- When other people come into the morgue and play with the dead people.
- Being out of the Brain Trust
- Ted Buckland
- Captain Courage (Dr. Cox) ("My Mentor")
- Dougie (Dr. Cox) ("My Blind Date")
- Dougster (J.D.) ("My Kingdom")
- Johnny No-Tan
- Nervous Guy (Dr. Cox)
- Pee Pants (Dr. Cox)
- Skeech (Dr. Cox) ("My Mentor")
- Ted and Doug are bike-pals, and both kissed Danni at Turk's wedding.
- His parents live in Reno.
- Doug was the first Resident in the hospital to have to repeat a year as a Resident because he did so horribly, but he stayed positive about it.
- Although pathologists also deal with living patients as well (giving diagnoses through blood, urine, and tissue samples), Doug is never seen treating any after changing his specialty.
- He is the only long term recurring character not to appear in My Finale.
- Doug did not appear in Season Nine, which may suggest he is no longer employed by Sacred Heart.
- Doug was last seen depressed in a morgue drawer and was never seen coming out. ("My Soul on Fire, Part 2")