Dr. Purcell is also the Associate Director for Clinical Services of the University of Colorado Cancer Center and Executive Medical Director of Oncology Services at University of Colorado Hospital. He came to the University of Colorado from Billings, Montana, where he was Director of the Billings Clinic Cancer Center for more than seven years. Dr. Purcell trained at UT Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Hospital and Johns Hopkins University where he completed his Medical Oncology Fellowship. While at Johns Hopkins University he was a member of the Medical Oncology faculty and Assistant Director for Finance and Practice Strategy at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. During his time in Billings, he was part of the executive leadership of the clinic as Division Chief for Service Lines/Growth and a Foundation Board Member.
Dr. Purcell has been an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) serving on several committees including the Career Development Committee, Clinical Practice Committee and Clinical Research Committee. He was recognized for his service to ASCO in 2010 with the ASCO Statesman Award.