McDonald + Murrmann

Susan G. Murrmann, MD, FACOG


In 1996, Dr. Susan G. Murrmann co-founded the all-female McDonald Murrmann Women’s Clinic believing that no one else could better understand or help deal with women’s issues better than women. Since that time, Dr. Murrmann has expanded on that concept and reinvented women’s healthcare to include all aspects of women’s health—physically, mentally, and aesthetically.

She believes that all stages of women’s lives are intertwined and coined the phrase “women who like what they see in the mirror eventually take better care of themselves on the inside”. Dr. Murrmann opened the McDonald Murrmann Center for Skin, Laser and Healthy Aging with Sarah Carpenter Ognibene in 2003 with the hopes of creating the right balance in women’s lives. Since that time Dr. Murrmann and both clinics have expanded with new physicians, services and centers of excellence for women’s health to meet the needs of women and help empower them to be the best they can be.

In addition, to her gynecology and lifestyle management practice, Dr. Murrmann teaches and is on the faculty of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship program at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and mentors Nurse Practitioner students in her office. She is a trailblazer in innovative care for women by being the first to bring minimally invasive surgical options and robotic surgery to Memphis for women.

“It’s actually what I saw in myself and how I realized that what I saw in the mirror greatly affected my well being,” she says. “I want to motivate my patients in the same way. Fortunately, I met Sarah Carpenter who shared the same thoughts on women’s health and appearances.”

Dr. Murrmann not only has experience with minimally invasive surgery and gynecology, she has an expertise in the field of various energy sources used for surgery, including ultrasonic and radio-frequency energy, which further blended
her specialties of gynecology and aesthetics. Both are used in minimally invasive gynecologic and robotic surgery and in aesthetics for body shaping, skin tightening and texturizing and vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Murrmann was the first to bring the radio-frequency energy source for ThermiVa to Tennessee and was involved in the original clinical studies for ThermiVa that showed improved stress incontinence, vaginal laxity and sexual satisfaction.

“I always embrace newer technology with the idea of improving women’s health overall;both inside and out,” she says. “I’ve been involved with newer treatments, technology and devices early on with clinical studies. I am excited when new equipment and procedures come along and I want to be on the cutting edge to bring the best care and outcomes to my patients,” she says.

Dr. Murrmann believes her role in women’s overall care includes lecturing on topics, such as healthy lifestyle choices, wellness and helping women recognize that there are minimally invasive ways to improve their lifestyle and appearance. She is a regular guest on television and radio shows to talk about women’s healthcare and innovations.

Although a transplant from Chicago, Memphis
is her new home where she has been involved in many local organizations that promote health, Memphis, the arts, tourism, and
music. She is a member of the National Association of the Recording Artists and a supporter of MusiCares. Dr. Murrmann is also
on the board of the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission, and Beale Street Brass Note committee. Dr. Murrmann was the medical consultant on the movie “21 Grams” filmed
in Memphis by Oscar winning director Alejandro González 
Iñárritu . She also has been involved with independent film
projects and was recently featured in a Larry Moore production of
“Top Models are Deadly” and played on Sandy Carroll’s latest’s album “ The Last Southern Belle”.

Medical Philosophy

Gynecology should be more about keeping women informed about their health and practicing prevention instead of intervention —by encouraging them to take better care of themselves, inside and out. I want to empower my patients to take care of themselves”.


  • Adolescent medicine and issues facing young women
  • Family planning
  • Menopausal treatment
  • In-office procedures and contraception, including all forms of long-acting, reversible contraception, such as Nexplanon ® and IUDs to treat abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Infertility assessment
  • Evaluation and treatment of abnormal Pap smears
  • Minimally invasive procedures and surgery for gynecologic care
  • Vaginal rejuvenation for menopausal and or breast cancer patients with non-surgical ThermiVa ®


  • Bradley University, Peoria Il; graduated with honors
  • Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine (formerly Chicago Medical School), Chicago, IL
  • Residency Training: University of Illinois, Chicago; University of Tennessee, Memphis

Board Certifications

  • Fellow of the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists
  • Board certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Certified Menopause Clinician: North American Menopause Society

Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Memphis Shelby County OBGYN Society, serving as past president 2005-2007
  • Memphis Medical Society
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • North American Menopause Society
  • Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • University of Tennessee Minimally Invasive Fellowship faculty
  • North American Menopause Society
  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • Memphis Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgical Society
  • Tennessee Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Memphis Medical Society and Obstetrical and Gynecologic Society

Leadership and Service

  • Past president and board member, American Heart Association Past
  • Chairman and board member of Methodist Healthcare Foundation
  • Leadership Memphis, Graduate Class of 2005


  • First female awarded “Healthcare Hero” by Memphis Business Journal, 2005
  • Top Influential Women in Memphis, Memphis Women’s Magazine, 2004
  • Top 10 Female Business Owners—with Dr. Mary McDonald, Memphis Women’s Magazine 2004
  • Ann Voda Community Service Award for Outstanding Community Service, North American Menopause Society.

Author of numerous articles on women’s health including her latest, “Fifty Shades of the Greying Vagina” in the first issue of Radiant Life Magazine and articles on Healthy Lifestyles for women, hormone management and menopause, minimally invasive surgery, aesthetics and women’s health, vaginal rejuvenation.