Derek Purcell, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon - Sports Medicine
★★★★★ ★★★★★
Specializing in Sports Medicine, Knee & Shoulder Surgery, Arthroscopic, Cartilage Restoration & Total Shoulder Replacement
Fax: 719-623-1051

Dr. Derek Purcell is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, with a concentration on conditions and injuries of the shoulder and knee.  His expertise is in advanced arthroscopic techniques for the shoulder and knee, complex knee ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration, and joint replacement for the knee and shoulder.

Dr. Purcell graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he completed his Orthopedic Surgery residence as well as Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis.

During his fellowship, Dr. Purcell served as assistant team physician for the St. Louis Rams (NFL), Blues (NHL), and Cardinals (MLB).  He was a former member of the NFL Team Physicians Society.  He has served as a physician for the St. Louis Cardinals spring training camp in Jupiter, FL as well as assisted with the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, IN.

In Colorado Springs, Dr. Purcell serves as a Team Physician for Colorado College Athletics.  He has also assisted with the care of multiple high school athletic teams.  He currently assists with Vista Ridge High School, Colorado Springs Christian School, and Cheyenne Mountain High School.  He is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.


  • Fellowship: Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
  • Medical School: MD: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
  • Undergraduate School: BS: Microbiology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Team Physician

  • 2009 – Present: Colorado College
  • 2009 – Present: Vista Ridge High School, Cheyenne Mountain High School, and Colorado Springs Christian School

Memberships & Organizations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Candidate Member, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • El Paso County Medical Society Member
  • Colorado Medical Society Member


Dr. Purcell's Reviews
Mig DaleMig Dale
23:31 03 Apr 24
Darya EfimenkoDarya Efimenko
15:02 02 Apr 24
sue toonesue toone
18:34 25 Mar 24
My husband and I were truly impressed with Dr. Purcell. He went over my knee MRI and explained I have arthritis. He said the meniscus is normal. He wants me to take Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplements for a month to see if that helps.
Rachel AlbrightRachel Albright
02:38 23 Mar 24
Thank you to an amazing team. From the front desk, to the medical assistants, to the providers, to the surgical center and their crew. I am completely grateful for everything you have done for me from start to finish. Thank you Dr. Purcell for your honesty and getting right to the point in my care. Thank you Marcus for helping me eveytime we talked. Thank you to the surgical scheduling team for looking out for me. Thank you to Ashley, Jordan, Melissa, Kristie, the anesthesiologist (Dr. Baker), and Chia ( I believe). Everyone was amazing. I can not thank you enough.
David CoppockDavid Coppock
23:12 22 Mar 24
Dr. Purcell is very knowledgeable, professional and listens to patient feedback. highly recommend.
Jerome WadeJerome Wade
01:04 09 Mar 24
Dr Derek Purcell is absolutely amazing. He has performed two successful surgeries for me - rotator cuff / bicep repair and a full knee replacement. His expertise and skill as a surgeon is undeniable. I 10/10 recommend him. In addition, his team have also been amazing to work with.
Joe KubicekJoe Kubicek
14:58 04 Mar 24
Dr. Purcell is personable, compassionate, understanding. I especially appreciated the fact that he took pen and paper notes during my visit. Made me feel important (rather than the laptop software).
John HoltzJohn Holtz
02:48 29 Feb 24
Read anything, or ask anyone about shoulder Surgery and you'll probably learn that it is among the most painful of orthopedic surgeries. I had no pain after the nerve block wore off. Ten-days later I still have no pain. Dr. Purcell performed 4 different repair procedures and showed me what a mess my shoulder was, and one would think that would be accompanied by at least some post-op pain. The only explanation I can give is that between my Surgery and thousands of others Dr. Purcell's work is the best. Many thanks for a job so well done.
Lezlee WelchLezlee Welch
20:51 23 Feb 24
I put my utmost trust in the right doctor for two knee replacements with Dr. Derek Purcell. Both surgeries were done so well, my recovery went extra smoothly. I commend Dr. Purcell for being one of the best in the business that is the world of Orthopedics. I won’t hesitate to see him for any ortho issues. Thank you Dr. P for giving me my mobility back!
Sheldon HarperSheldon Harper
01:28 22 Feb 24
Excellent from beginning to end.Front desk personnel were polite and very professional...A x-ray was needed, again polite and professional also tech was concerned about patient health. Didn't rush, allow the time for patient to gain there composure..Dr. Purcell was excellent, he listens and them recommend multiple options to consider based on the x-ray. Very complete....First time - was given a detail sheet of paper about options ... conclusion Dr.Purcell ard his staff are there to help when needed. This visit allows the patient to contemplate over time what steps to be taken.Thank You!
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