Dr. Purcell is a North Carolina native from a family with deep roots in our region. He graduated summa cum laude from Barton College and cum laude from East Carolina Brody School of Medicine. He received his residency training in General Surgery from the University of Cincinnati and his fellowship training in vascular and endovascular surgery from the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in both Surgery and Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery, the American College of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, and the International Society of Endovascular Specialists. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Caldwell UNC Healthcare.
Dr. Purcell practices exclusively vascular and thoracic surgery. His specific area of expertise is in minimally-invasive endovascular and thoracoscopic surgery. He has performed over 10,000 endovascular procedures in his career. He regularly performs complex carotid surgery and stenting, minimally-invasive aortic aneurysm repair, minimally-invasive thoracic surgery, minimally-invasive repair of varicose vein disease, and lower extremity limb salvage procedures. He has a special interest in complex endovascular procedures to prevent amputation, working in conjunction with the Caldwell-UNC Limb Salvage Team.
Dr. Purcell is married with three daughters. His wife is a family physician who cares for patients in our region. He is an avid cyclist and outdoorsman and loves the mountains of western North Carolina.