Dr. Derek Purcell is a board-certified sports medicine and shoulder surgery specialist skilled in advanced arthroscopic techniques, cartilage restoration, and total shoulder replacement surgery. He studied at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and graduated summa cum laude.
After attending medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Purcell completed an orthopedic surgery residency as well as a sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University in St. Louis.
During his fellowship, Dr. Purcell served as assistant team physician for professional athletic teams in St. Louis including the Blues (NHL), Rams (NFL), and Cardinals (MLB) as well as Washington University football and athletics. He formerly maintained membership in the NFL Team Physicians Society.
Dr. Purcell previously assisted at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana and served as the medical director for the USA Volleyball High Performance Camps and Championships and USA Volleyball High Performance Development Camp. Around Colorado Springs, he has served as a physician in various capacities for local high school and college athletics.
An avid researcher, Dr. Purcell has been published in orthopedic journals and given presentations relating to his specialties. He currently serves as guest reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Team Physician: Colorado College
Team Physician: Palmer Ridge High School Monument, CO
BS: Microbiology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
MD: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Fellowship: Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO