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W. Thomas Purcell, M.D.

Dr. Purcell
Aurora, CO

Dr. W. Thomas Purcell

Medical Oncologist

University of Colorado Cancer Center

Mesothelioma Clinic
1665 Aurora Court
Aurora, CO 80045
(720) 848-0300

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Millsaps College, Jackson, MS - 1985

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA - 1996

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX - 1999

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD – 2002

Dr. W. Thomas Purcell is an associate professor in the division of medical oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In addition to his academic post, Dr. Purcell’s clinical titles include associate director for clinical services of the University of Colorado Cancer Center and executive medical director of oncology services at University of Colorado Hospital. Prior to joining the University of Colorado faculty in May of 2012, Dr. Purcell served as the director of the Billings Clinic Cancer Center in Billings, Montana for over seven years.

Educational Background

Dr. W. Thomas Purcell graduated from Millsaps College located in Jackson, Mississippi with a bachelor of science degree in 1985 before moving on to earn his MBA in 1991 at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his medical degree in 1996. Dr. Purcell completed both his internship (1997) and residency (1999) at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He completed a fellowship in internal medicine-medical oncology in 2002 at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine located in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Purcell is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and cancer/oncology.

Clinical and Laboratory Research

Dr. Purcell’s clinical interests focus on the management of malignancies relative to the gastrointestinal tract and the lungs. His research interests are concentrated on the experimental development of new drugs and other methods of treating cancer—in particular, solid tumor malignancies.

Additional Work

Dr. Purcell is a member of the Phase I/Developmental Therapeutics Team at the University of Colorado which is responsible for the development of novel therapeutic drug treatments for cancer. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) where he actively serves on several committees—the career development committee, the clinical practice committee, and the clinical research committee. Dr. Purcell was the 2010 recipient of ASCO’s Statesman Award in recognition of his outstanding service to this organization.

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

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University of Colorado Cancer Center

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