Michael Purkey, MD California Sinus Centers Doctor

Undergraduate Education:

University of Michigan

Medical Education:

University of Pennsylvania


University of Pennsylvania


University of Pennsylvania


California Sinus Centers

Board Certification:

Diplomate-American Board of Otolaryngology

Dr. Purkey Clinic Locations:

(408) 442-5090
Atherton Office
Fresno Office
Santa Cruz Office
San Jose Office

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Michael T. Purkey, M.D.

Dr. Michael Purkey specializes in advanced care for complex disorders of the nose, paranasal sinuses and skull base.

Dr. Purkey completed his undergraduate degree with high distinction in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan. He then received his M.D. degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Purkey remained at the University of Pennsylvania to complete his residency training in Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and served as chief resident in his final year there. While in residency, Dr. Purkey developed a research collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania Department of Otorhinolaryngology and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to study the genetic causes of chronic sinusitis. He is an author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, serves as an invited reviewer for the top research journal in the field of rhinology, and has been invited to speak nationally on many topics related to the cause and treatment of chronic sinusitis and related disorders in the field of rhinology.

After finishing his residency, Dr. Purkey pursued additional subspecialty training and completed a fellowship in rhinology and skull base surgery at the California Sinus Centers under the direction of Dr. Winston Vaughan and Dr. Karen Fong. This additional subspecialty training allowed Dr. Purkey to further develop his surgical skills and technique, blending his extensive experience at both the University of Pennsylvania and the California Sinus Centers, two centers recognized internationally as leaders in the field of rhinology.

Dr. Purkey is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO-HNS) and the American Rhinologic Society (ARS). He sees patients in multiple locations throughout the Bay Area and is on staff at Stanford Hospital, Waverley Surgical Center and San Ramon Regional Medical Center.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include golf, cycling, running, and hiking throughout Northern California.


Purkey MT, Li J, Mentch F, Grant SF, Desrosiers M, Hakonarson H, Toskala E. Genetic variation in genes encoding airway epithelial potassium channels is associated with chronic rhinosinusitis in a pediatric population. PLoS One. 2014 March 3: 9(3):e89329.

Purkey MT, Smith TL, Ferguson BJ, Luong A, Reisacher WR, Pillsbury H, Toskala E. Subcutaneous immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis-an evidence based review with recommendations. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. 2013 July:3(7):519-31.

Hahn S, Palmer JN, Purkey MT, Kennedy DW, Chiu AG. Indications for external frontal sinus procedures for inflammatory sinus disease. American Journal of Rhinology. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2009 May-Jun;23(3):342-7.

Purkey MT, Woodworth BA, Hahn S, Palmer JN, Chiu AG. Endoscopic repair of supraorbital CSF leaks. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2009 Jan 20;71(2):93-98

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