State Sen. William R. Purcell, MD

State Senator William R. Purcell, MD, is a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine who practiced as a pediatrician before retiring and being elected to the North Carolina Senate.

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Sen. Purcell is a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine who practiced as a pediatrician in Laurinburg, N.C., for many years before retiring and being elected to the North Carolina Senate. Sen. Purcell also served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in France from 1957 to 1959. His involvement in health care has continued throughout his political career, as co-chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee, the Senate Health Care Committee, and the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force. Sen. Purcell has been recognized for his achievements with the Distinguished Service Award from the UNC School of Medicine and the 2007 Nathan Davis Award from the American Medical Association in 2007.

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