Adam R. Purzycki, MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Cary
and Raleigh, North Carolina
About Adam R. Purzycki, MD
“Having the opportunity to practice plastic surgery is beyond a privilege for me. Earning the trust of my patients is an honor that I will never take for granted. My daily goal is to serve each patient as unto the Lord, giving my very best in thoughtfulness, empathy, integrity and attention to detail. “ – Dr. Purzycki
Dr. Purzycki was born in Katy, Texas, and grew up in southern New Jersey with his parents and older brother and younger sister. He had an interest in medicine as early as high school, participating in a high school scholars program at a local medical school. He went on to graduate from Gettysburg College with departmental honors, summa cum laude, as well as Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. While in college, he worked as an operating room assistant and took call at the local hospital for emergency surgeries.
Dr. Purzycki then went to Winston Salem, NC for medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He developed an interest in plastic surgery early on, giving a presentation at a national plastic surgery conference while a medical student. He then stayed at Wake Forest Baptist Health for his integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency. His residency was busy with all facets of plastic and reconstructive surgery cases. During his chief year, he managed a cosmetic clinic, further refining his aesthetic surgery skills.
After completion of residency, Dr. Purzycki did a one-year breast fellowship in Rochester, NY under the mentorship of renowned surgeon Dr. Stephen Vega. This was a year which primarily focused on breast surgery, including all aspects of breast reconstruction as well as cosmetic breast surgery. Dr. Purzycki performs both implant-based and autologous tissue reconstruction along with fat grafting to achieve natural breast restoration results.
Life Outside of Surgery
While in medical school, Dr. Purzycki married his high school sweetheart, Megan, who moved down to Winston Salem from New Jersey. They now live in Cary and have 4 children: Carly, Caleb, Molly, and Levi. He enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, running, and being involved in his local church.
Wake Plastic Surgery
Dr. Purzycki started his private practice work with Raleigh Plastic Surgery and spent 2 years there performing much of their breast reconstruction work. He cultivated personal and business connections with the local breast surgeons and Mohs skin cancer physicians during that time. He then decided to bring his experience and expertise to Wake Plastic Surgery in 2018 and has helped transform Wake Plastic Surgery into a more complete aesthetic and reconstructive practice.
Dr. Purzycki and Dr. Stoeckel have both travelled to Cochabamba, Bolivia to assist with burn reconstructive surgery for local children affected by chronic burn injuries. He has also traveled with Operation Smile to Asuncion, Paraguay to assist children with cleft lips and palates.
Q&A With Dr. Purzycki
Why did you decide to pursue plastic surgery?
While in high school in New Jersey, a local medical school had a “High School Scholars Program.” Among the many things the program offered, it involved listening to doctors from across specialties. It was here where I learned the broad scope of plastic surgery as a field. I had opportunities in medical school to do research and rotate on the plastic surgery service. These opportunities to see patients lives improved in various ways, further reinforced my desire to pursue plastic surgery for my profession.
What is your favorite surgery to perform?
It is difficult to pick one favorite, but it would probably be breast cancer reconstruction revision with fat grafting. The procedure allows me to make small tweaks of their breasts with their own fat from other areas of their body through liposuction. This is usually a surgery that comes toward the end of a long road for breast cancer patients. It is a surgery that offers improved contour of the breast while also improving contour of another area that the patient desires improvement.
Tell us about your family?
My wife Megan, is an incredible person. Not only does she put up with me, but she is an incredible mother to our four children. Carly is 10 and she loves being creative. Caleb is 9 and enjoys playing tennis and basketball. Molly is 6, is very animated, and enjoys dancing. Levi is 3, loves smiling, and loves dogs.
What is the best part of being a plastic surgeon?
The best part of being a plastic surgeon is truly the patients. Through plastic surgery, I have the ability to improve quality of life in a variety of ways. And through this process, I have the opportunity to build relationships with amazing people.
Who is the most influential person in your career?
I have had many influences that have brought me to this point in my career. The first of which would probably be my high school science teacher who nominated me for the high school scholars program. It was a large part of what kindled my love of science. I had multiple college professors that not only furthered my love of science, but also were personal resources and gave their time to build a relationship with me. In medical school, Dr. Lisa David at Wake Forest was an invaluable source of advice for obtaining a residency position in plastic surgery and as I progressed as a resident, she became a mentor. While in residency, I learned many things from many great surgeons, but Dr. Jim Thompson was a great influence on his approach to difficult surgical problems and also his personal and caring approach to the patient. He became a mentor of mine, and now a friend. In fellowship, Dr. Stephen Vega was influential in further reinforcing my desire to never settling for an inferior result and always striving for perfection.
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