About Us

Our Staff

Our greatest asset is the dedicated team of caring professionals who make up our staff. At Virginia Vein Institute every member of our veteran team is an integral part of your experience. What you will find from your first phone call, your consultation, the day of your vein procedure, and through your post-procedural care is that Dr. Purpera's staff will set you at ease and will be there for you every step of the way. As a cohesive group, we deliver meticulous, gentle, compassionate care to our patients and strive to exceed their expectations.

Dr. Frank Purpera

Frank Purpera, M.D., RPhS was born and raised in Louisiana. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he accepted an offer to study medicine in Cambridge, UK, one of the most prestigious and historic campuses within Europe. It was during this time that he gained firsthand experience of socialized medicine within the United Kingdom as well as medicine in underserved areas of the world, which included Zimbabwe and Hungary. Following these rewarding educational years he returned home for clinical training at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Dr. Purpera completed his extensive surgical training in New York City and the surrounding area. After finishing his internship at St Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan, a 200-year-old institution, he started his surgical residency at Mount Sinai Cabrini Hospital. Due to the economic turmoil of the healthcare system in New York and the closure of the 120-year-old Mount Sinai Cabrini Hospital he continued his surgical training in nearby New Jersey at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, where he graduated and completed his surgical training. He is board certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM),the most comprehensive examination of knowledge in venous disease available today. He is also certified by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American College of Surgery for minimally invasive surgery and holds a Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery certificate. Dr. Purpera’s professional memberships include American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Venous Forum, American College of Phlebology and New York County Medical Society. He was a Golden Apple Nominee in 2010, which is a top medical teaching award offered in New Jersey. Dr.Purpera has been listed in the “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” 2011 & 2012 editions as well as Virginia's 2013 edition of Our Health Magazine for his Top Bedside Manner. He licensed to practice medicine in New York, New Jersey, Florida & Virginia. His interest outside of medicine includes skiing, traveling (currently over 35 countries visited) and cooking.


Top Surgeons
Top Surgeon 2011
Top Surgeons
Top Surgeon 2012

Dr Purpera was voted as a Top Surgeon by the Consumers Research Councils Guide to America's Top Surgeons for 2 consecutive years, 2011 and 2012.

Additionally, Dr. Purpera has held the Top Bedside Manner award given by Virginia's Our Health Magazine for three years straight, 2013, 2014, & 2015.

Award winning Phlebology and Vascular Surgery services Top Bedside Manner Award 2014
Top Bedside Manner Award 2015
Award winning Phlebology and Vascular Surgery services Top Bedside Manner Award 2014
Top Bedside Manner Award 2014
Our HealthTop Bedside Manner Award 2013
Top Bedside Manner Award 2013


AMA ABVLM American Venous Forum American College of Phlebology

In the News

Virginia Vein Institute at Health and Wellness Fair

Read about our patient's experience in Our Health Virginia.