Colorado Springs Orthopedic News

Derek Purcell, MD
Derek Purcell, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

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.

Treatment Of Common Problems With
  • Arthroscopy
  • Knee Reconstruction and Total Knee Replacement
  • Cartilage Transplantation
  • ACL Surgery
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Fracture Care


Maurice M
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Dr. Purcell has performed three successful operations for myself, my wife, and our daughter. Two years ago, at the age of 88, I had a knee replacement and it is still doing very well. My wife had a knee replacement, at the age of 85, and her therapists and medical personnel have made numerous comments about what a great job Dr. Purcell did. Our daughter, who is a physician, has been very pleased with the results of a surgery Dr. Purcell performed for her. Our family highly recommends Dr. Purcell.
Debbie D
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Dr Purcell and his staff are excellent!!! I never have to wait in his office, as a matter of fact I’ve arrived early and get brought within minutes of checking in! Everyone is professional and very helpful whether it’s in person or a phone call or any questions I have! Dr Purcell explains what is going on and always makes you feel comfortable. As difficult as it was for me to make the decision to have my knee replacement done, I am thankful he was my surgeon. I know I made the right choice by choosing him! Now I will have my other knee done and rehab and recovery will be much better knowing I picked a great team for my care!
Heather A
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I recently had a really advanced (in my mind) knee surgery using 100% human bone/cartilage and I must say, going in I was SUPER nervous and had anxiety about the outcome and if I'd ever get back to normal again. I'm too young for a partial or full knee replacement, so Dr. Purcell thought this was best. Listen! Dr. Purcell is absolutely the Orthopedic surgeon you should put your trust in!! His work is phenomenal. I'm only 4 days post-op and I am so incredibly optimistic for what's to come. He knows what he's doing, and is professional and caring.
Diane B
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Dr. Purcell is an excellent professional doctor. The staff is always very helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence. The care is outstanding. My recommendation of Dr Purcell, his PA Matt, Katie and the rest of the nursing staff remains in high regard. They are all quality medical professionals that treat their patients with kindness and first class care.
Frank T
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Excellent, professional Service. Patient oriented. Pleasant and informative. I would recommend Dr. Purcell, Katie and all his support staff to anybody. They make you feel valued and give you just the right amount of timely support and information. High # Ten Service!
  • Advanced arthroscopic techniques for the shoulder
  • Advanced arthroscopic techniques for the knee
  • Complex knee ligament reconstruction
  • Cartilage restoration
  • Joint replacement for the knee
  • Joint replacement for the shoulder
Team Affiliations
  • 2009 – Present: Colorado College
  • 2009 – Present: Vista Ridge High School, Cheyenne Mountain High School, and Colorado Springs Christian School
  • 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
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Candidate Member, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • El Paso County Medical Society Member
  • Colorado Medical Society Member
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