Michael Purnell, M.D., FAAOS

Michael Purnell, M.D., FAAOS
  • Name Michael Purnell, M.D., FAAOS
  • Position Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Purnell is a board-certified, fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, specializing in shoulder and knee pathology.

His sports career pivoted to caring for athletes, where he has been the team physician for a minor league baseball affiliate for over 25 years, as well as the team physician for local colleges, high schools, and the Central West Ballet.

Dr. Purnell founded Modesto Sports Medicine, a non-profit organization to fund and support athletic training programs for high schools. He has also developed an orthobiologic program to offer nonsurgical, less invasive, healing opportunities to patients, allowing their bodies to recover and heal naturally.


Shoulder and Knee Pathology


Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

Medical School:
Doctor of Medicine
University of Iowa College of Medicine
Iowa City, Iowa

Transitional Internship
Evanston Hospital
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

Orthopedic Surgery Residency
Boston University Affiliated Hospitals Program
Boston, MA

Sports Medicine Fellowship
North Sydney Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Centre
New South Wales, Australia
AO Fellowship (Internal Fixation)
Munich, Germany

Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualification, Sports Medicine


Doctors Medical Center, Modesto, CA
Stanislaus Surgical Hospital, Modesto, CA
Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, CA


OrthoMed Center, Private Practice
Modesto, CA

Founder, Sports Medicine Modesto
Non-Profit Athletic Training Program and Education Foundation
Modesto, CA

Surgical Advisory Board, Shoulder Innovations
Surgical Advisory Board, Conventus
Surgical Advisory Board, Pacific Medical, Inc.
Clinical Consultant, Arthrex
Orthopedic Consultant, Central West Ballet
Editorial Review Staff, American Journal of Sports Medicine

Academic Appointment:
Faculty Member
Valley Consortium for Medical Education
Valley Orthopedic Surgery Residency
Modesto, CA

The Beach Chair Lateral Traction Device
Compositional Patent for Topical Antimicrobial Cream

Team Physician:
California State University Stanislaus
Seattle Mariners – “Modesto Affiliate”
Head Team Physician, Modesto Junior College

Board of Directors:
Board of Councilors, AAOS
Stanislaus Surgical Hospital
California Orthopedic Association

Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
Member, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
Member, Biologics Association
Member, California Medical Association
Member, California Orthopedic Association
President, California Orthopedic Foundation
Member, Stanislaus Medical Society


BCBSAZ Commercial & Medicare Advantage
AETNA Commercial (Including Meritain), Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
Cigna Commercial & Medicare Advantage
Banner Health Network
BCBSAZ BHN Advantage
AARP Medicare Complete BHN
UHC Medicare Solutions BHN
United Healthcare
AARP Medicare Complete UHC
UHC Medicare Solutions
Optum Network
UHC Community Plan-Complete Care
AZ Complete Health + Allwell MCR Advantage
AZ Complete Health-Complete Care

Primary Care

Community Hospital Clinics are located in Wickenburg, Wittmann, and Congress. We sincerely follow our mission to provide quality health and wellness services where the patient, family, and community come first.

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Emergency Care

Our 8 bed Emergency Room department is fully staffed with emergency physicians, nurses, and ER specialists. Your wait time is typically measured in minutes not hours as in the larger metropolitan hospitals.

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Surgical Services

Wickenburg Community Hospital provides a wide variety of surgical care and treatment. We serve a vibrant and active community who favors quality health care close to home.

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