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Chad A. Purnell, MD

  • Plastic Surgery
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Chad Purnell, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in craniofacial surgery and microsurgery. He is passionate about the care of children with craniofacial disorders, including cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, craniofacial (hemifacial) microsomia, Crouzon, Apert, Pfeiffer, and Treacher-Collins syndromes. After rotating at Shriners Children's Chicago during his training, he knew immediately that he wanted to spend his career there. He was drawn to the fact that Shriners Children's provides optimal care of craniofacial disorders without concerns for a child's ability to pay. Some of his specialties include jaw (orthognathic) surgery, eyelid and orbital reconstruction, and midface and mandible distraction.

Pediatric Care


More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Plastic Surgery - General
Education and Training

Medical Education
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburg, PA

Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
United States of America

Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
United States of America

Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle, WA
United States of America

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2011-Present: American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • 2017-Present: Member, American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association
  • 2014-Present: Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • 2018-Present: Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Editorial Positions
  • 2021-Present: Reviewer, Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal
  • 2015-Present: Reviewer, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • 2017-2018: Editorial Board Member, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Awards and Honors
  • 2013; 2017-2018, Northwestern University Department of Surgery Teaching Award
  • 2017, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Resident Scholar
  • 2018, Best Clinical Paper, Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • 2017, Best Practice Management Paper, American Society of Plastic Surgeons


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