Dr. Purcell was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and raised in South Jersey, near Philadelphia. He has two grown children. He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his dermatology residency program at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He served eight years on active duty as a physician in the Air Force. He received his license in New York in 1981 and in Pennsylvania in 1988. Dr. Purcell returned to the east coast in 1988 to begin practicing dermatology in Allentown and Pottsville. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology. In addition, he received a certificate of special competency in dermatopathology from the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Purcell’s medical articles have been published in several dermatologic journals. He has lectured at national, regional, and local medical meetings. Dr. Purcell is Chief of the Division of Dermatology at Lehigh Valley Health Network and Program Director of Lehigh Valley Health Network and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Dermatology Residency Program.   He is also Chairman of the Division of Dermatology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Purcell is Chairman of the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Purcell practices general dermatology, dermatological surgery, and cosmetic skin enhancement including skin rejuvenation, botulinum toxins (such as Botox®), dermal fillers, chemical peels, sclerotherapy and laser surgery.