Board Certification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with added Certification in Sports Medicine
Fellowship: Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Aspen, Colorado
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison, Wisconsin
Medical School: Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, Portland, Oregon
College: Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
Specialties: Orthopedic Sport Medicine and Sports Trauma
Team Physician: USA Cycling Mountain Biking Team Physician 1995-Present, US Ski Team Physician 1985-1995
What do you do in your time off? Running, Biking, Skiing, Hiking, Family, and Philanthropy
Patient/Care Philosophy: I like to get to know my patients to understand their goals, needs, and concerns so I can help them return to high level of activity.
Dr. Mark Purnell is a longstanding orthopedic surgeon in the White River and Roaring Fork Valley, specializing in reconstruction and repair of chronic and acute knee injuries, lower extremity trauma and sports medicine. His training and education have included a fellowship in sports orthopedics in Aspen, residency and research at University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, medical school at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, and a bachelor’s in biology earned at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
Dr. Purnell has also served as faculty for Aspen Sports Medicine Foundation Fellowship and Clinical Faculty for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. His published research has centered on knee reconstruction and ski-related trauma. He is a member of numerous state, regional, national and international professional orthopedic organizations.
In other roles, Dr. Purnell serves as chairman of the board of WHH Foundation, which upholds a mission to help improve human capital. He is the father to five athletic adult daughters. Dr. Purnell served as a physician for the US Nordic Ski Team and was the first team physician for the US Cycling Mountain Biking Team. In his rare leisure time, you will likely find him enjoying the active mountain lifestyle on the singletrack or the trail, mountain biking, running, or spending time with his family.