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Dr. Robert Purchase, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist, Shoulder Surgeon

Professional statement

My approach to patient care is rather simple, listen; engage; and educate. As a prior collegiate football player and life-long athlete, I understand the importance of getting people back to the activities they love. I am a board certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in surgery of the shoulder and knee & use minimally invasive techniques to treat rotator cuffs, meniscus tears, ACL injuries, & many more. I perform total joint replacements of the shoulder and knee including the less invasive partial replacements. The care of complex traumatic injuries, fractures & tendon ruptures, is a core part of my practice as well. If you want to wait forty minutes to spend five minutes with a doctor who doesn’t make eye contact or explain anything, there are many good options. If you want to be treated like an adult, become informed about your health, and participate in the process; then please make an appointment. This practice is in network with many insurance plans.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Advocate Health Care
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Shoulder Surgeon

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • California Pacific Medical Center - California Campus
  • California Pacific Medical Center - Davies Campus
  • California Pacific Medical Center - Pacific Campus

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education and training

  • Medical School - Temple University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Saint Mary's Medical Center, Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
  • Temple University Hospital, Residency in Orthopedics

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • California Orthopaedic Association
  • Northern California Orthopaedic Society
  • San Francisco Medical Society

Awards and publications

  • Tham A, Purchase R, Kelly JD 4th. The Relation of the Coracoid Process to the Glenoid: An anatomic study. Arthroscopy. 2009;25(8):846-8.
  • Kelly J, Purchase RJ, Kam G. Alloprosthetic Composite Reconstruction Using the Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2009;10(1):5-10.
  • Valeriote J, Purchase RJ, Kelly JD. Simultaneous bilateral pectoralis major rupture. Am J Orthop. 2005;34(6):301-2.
  • Purchase RJ, Wolf EM, Hobgood ER, Pollock ME, Smalley CC. Hill-Sachs “Remplissage”: An Arthroscopic Solution for the Engaging Hill-Sachs Lesion. Arthroscopy. 2008;24(6):723-6.
  • Purchase R, Mason R, Hsu V, Rogers K, Gaughan J, Torg J. Fourteen Year Prospective Results of a High Density Polyethylene Prosthetic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. J Long Term Eff Med Implants. 2007;17(1):13-9.

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Languages spoken

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1750596326

Office locations

Robert Purchase MD

1199 Bush Street, Suite 200

San Francisco, CA 94109

Robert Purchase MD

599 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. #102

Greenbrae, CA 94904

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Dr.Purchase was very personable and easy to talk to. Very down to earth personality and very approachable. He was very thorough and was able to give me a good recommendation. The cortisone shot to my shoulder was super fast and didn’thurt much at all. I was happily surprised! The office staff was very friendly and the office was very clean and organized. Definitely will be seeing him for my orthopedic issues!
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I LOVED Dr. Robert Purchase. I was super hesitant about finding a podiatrist, but after having on-and-off pain for a year, I decided to become an adult and make an appointment. For a lack of a more eloquent word, he wasawesome. Thorough, VERY clear, and extremely witty, I now finally understand what's wrong wit my knee. I will say the only annoying thing is you need to get x-rays, but you can get x-rays done at the same location and they will book an x-ray appointment an hour before your doctor appointment.
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Dr Purchase did my shoulder surgery and he was fantastic. One year later I am much stronger than I was pre surgery. I highly recommend him.
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Great doctor - friendly, patient, and thorough.
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Cutting edge orthopod, looking to decrease pain and speed recovery with development of new tools and techniques to spare muscle. Direct approach with patients.
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Dr. Purchase is a KNEE AND SHOULDER specialist. I was not diligent, and missed this fact when I scheduled him to take a look at my painful foot/ankle. He was upfront about this, and admitted that he was probably not thebest guy for me to see for this particular injury. However, when all was said and done, I walked away with what I think is a very solid diagnosis, a recommendation for a doctor better suited to my injury, and a nice Physical Therapy recommendation. I put Dr. Purchase in sub-optimal situation and he handled it like a pro. If he helped me walk away this confident, I can only imagine that he is stellar when it comes to handling knees & shoulders.
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It was disapointing that all the info we filled out on your form could not be shared with the check in or staff and much had to be repeated. Also, it would be nice if the parking was specifically noted onthe follow up reminders, as this is a very busy area. Dr. was great and staff nice.
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Smart & a sparkling bedside manner. Highly recommended!
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Excellent!
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Great grasp of my shoulder issues. Thorough and thoughtful diagnosis. I think he got a bad rap from past reviewers for being confident and bringing his professional experience over a simple MRI analysis.
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Dr. Purchase is very knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. I really liked and appreciated the fact that he was optimistic yet cautious about my situation. I also really appreciated that he didn't seem in any kind of hurry as many doctorsare. He took his time, answered all my questions and made sure to make me feel welcome.
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He is fantastic; listened, took his time to answer my questions, very thorough, and really funny.
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Dr. Purchase is a very genial guy who is easy to talk to. He listens well. He provided good advice on this visit as he has on past visits.
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My Zocdoc appointment seemed to confuse the office staff - as if it did not show up, even though I was receiving reminders from Zocdoc. They saw me anyway and Dr. Purchase was great. He explained everything patiently and clearly and he matched my level of goofiness.
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I drove 4 1/2 hours to SF to see Dr. Purchase and it was worth it. Good doctor. Good manner. MW
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Dr. Purchase was extremely helpful and had a lovely bedside manner!
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I really liked Dr. Purchase. Very genial, helpful, and informative. I need a follow-up procedure and they fit me in for the next day.
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The doctor is great, patient and went thu all options. Easy to understand. Staff is very polite but not well organized with forms and procedures.
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My visit with Dr. Purchase was great, he was thorough and gave me good recommendations on treatment for a number of issues I was having with my feet. However, when I arrived at the office, my first visit to this office/doctor,I was brought in for an x-ray which had been ordered before I even had an opportunity to meet with the Doctor. As x-rays are very expensive, I declined the x-ray until I had at least had a chance to discuss my symptoms with the Doctor. As it turns out, the x-rays were unnecessary.
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They entire staff was so kind and helpful. And Dr. Purchase was fantastic.
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It was very nice. Dr pays full attention towards patient.I am really very satisfied.
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Friendly, personable, witty, and very knowledgeable. Everything you want when you're forced to visit the doctor.
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Dr. Purchase was quite friendly.
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Went to initial visit to see Dr. Purchase regarding shoulder pain and limited range of motion. His front office was pleasant and organized to start off the appointment. My appointment was for 10:00 am and that is the exact time Isaw him. I found him easy to talk to and informative in a way that most doctors aren't - he's a good listener. He gave me more time than I expected and I found his demeanor to be outstanding. I like that he didn't want to do unnecessary tests and felt that we should start with PT and see how shoulder progresses - the plan I had hoped for when I went to see him. A+
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Dr. Purchase was very prompt, honest, and related well with my injury. I highly recommend his service and plan to continue visiting him for any sports related injuries!
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Great bedside manner! Thorough exam, no long waits, and his staff was efficient. He was super nice, listened and he is down to earth.
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Dr Purchase is charismatic, but I had a super short appointment and he spent it pushing towards a convenient diagnosis. He pushed me (e.g. are you SURE you don't have pain here?) to show symptoms that fit, and when I didn't,he diagnosed me anyways. When I asked if my symptoms fit my diagnosis, he said no, and recommended me some other doctors for a second opinion. I'll definitely be getting that second opinion, and I'm sure Dr. Purchase is a nice guy and competent when things fit what he knows, but the experience was really unsettling, and my first with a doctor who seemed so unwilling to be straightforward with me.
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It was quick and easy. Dr. Purchase is professional and made me feel comfortable and at ease about my injury.
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Very easy to get along with, friendly and informative.
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He was very patient and thorough. Dr. Purchase was also very approachable.
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Very efficient and a genuine concern to make sure we aren't missing anything and to get me bad to 100%.
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My experience with doctor Robert has been very pleasant so far. I am glad I met him through ZocDoc when I was searching for orthopedic surgeon. I have already had my knee surgery performed to reconstruct my torn ACL. The surgerywent well and I'm hoping to recover soon and get back to my normal life.
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Great doctor - really understood how to educate and inform - so that I could understand my injury, options and devise a plan for recovery.
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Very knowledgable of sports related injuries.
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Great customer service;
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Liked that he was able to see me so quickly
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