Phillip Purdy, M.D.


Endowed Title: The Orien and Jack Woolf, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery and Neuroangiography

Department: Radiology, Neurological Surgery


Phillip D. Purdy, M.D. was born in Chillicothe, Missouri, in 1951. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri in 1978 and completed his internship in medicine at the University of Missouri Medical Center in 1979. Dr. Purdy completed residency programs in neurology and diagnostic radiology at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Health Science Center at Dallas from 1979 to 1985. The latter included fellowship training in neuroradiology. Dr. Purdy has held the position of Director of Neuroradiology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas since 1985. He holds the appointments of Professor (tenured) of Radiology and Associate Professor (tenured) of Neurological Surgery and is the holder of the Orien & Jack Woolf, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery & Neuroangiography. His area of interest is interventional neuroradiology. He is currently involved in research using a model to study spinal cord injury and potential therapeutic interventions using intraspinal navigation as a route of access for cerebral surgery.


Medical School University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine (1978)
Internship U.of MO-Columbia Hospital (1979), Internal Medicine
Residency UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (1982), Neurology
Fellowship Parkland Health and Hospital System (1985), Neuroradiology
Residency Parkland Health and Hospital System (1985), Radiology, Diagnostic

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interests

  • Arteriovenous Fistula (AV Fistula)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Carotid Stenting
  • Cavernous Carotid Fistula (CCF)
  • Cerebral (Brain) Aneurysm
  • Cerebral (Brain) Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Cerebral Aneurysm Embolization
  • Spinal Vascular Malformation
  • Stroke
  • Venolymphatic Malformations

Research Interests

  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Intravascular cerebral embolization
  • Neuroradiology
  • Percutaneous intraspinal navigation (PIN)
  • Spinal cord injury


Featured Publications Legend

Featured Publications

Percutaneous intraspinal navigation (PIN) for access to the subarachnoid space: Use of another natural conduit for neurosurgical procedures.

Purdy PD, Fujimoto T, Replogle RE, Giles BP, Fujimoto H, Miller SL Neurosurgical Focus (on-line) 2005 19(1) E11

Visualization of sacral nerve roots via percutaneous intraspinal navigation (PIN).

Fujimoto T, Giles BP, Replogle RE, Fujimoto H, Miller SL, Purdy PD American Journal of Neuroradiology 2005 26 2420-2424

Percutaneous intraspinal navigation (PIN): A feasibility study in cadavers of a new and minimally invasive approach to the spinal cord and brain.

Purdy PD, Replogle RE, Pride GL Jr, Adams C, Miller S, Samson D American Journal of Neuroradiology 2003 24 361-365

MR-guided catheter navigation of the intracranial subarachnoid space.

Rappard G, Metzger G, Babcock E, Weatherall P, Fleckenstein JL, Replogle RE, Pride GL, Miller S, Adams C, Purdy PD American Journal of Neuroradiology 2003 24 626-629

Experimental third ventriculostomy performed using endovascular surgical techniques and their adaptation to percutaneous intradural neuronavigation: Proof of concept cadaver study.

Horowitz MB, Ramzipoor K, Nair A, Miller S, Rappard G, Spiro R, Purdy P Neurosurgery 2003 53 387-391

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Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (Associate Member)
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Society of Interventional & Therapeutic Neuroradiology
  • American Society of Neuroradiology (Senior Member)
  • Radiological Society of North America