Mabel Louise Purkerson, MD

Mabel Louise Purkerson, MD

Professor Emerita of Medicine


  • AB, Erskine College (1951)
  • MD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston (1956)

Board Certifications

  • Diplomate American Board of Pediatrics (1962)


  • Founding Committee, Women in Nephrology (W.I.N.); President of W.I.N.  (1988-1990)
  • Trustees Award, St. Louis Academy of Science (2011)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Alumni Association, Washington Univ. School of  Medicine (2011) 
  • Distinguished Service Award, Erskine College (2021)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (alumna award M.U.S.C.)
  • Sigma Xi
  • Mary Margaret Sullivan Award, Erskine College (1996)
  • Academic Hall of Fame, Erskine College (2008)
  • Sweeney Medal – The Explorers Club (2010)
  • Who’s Who in America (1984-present)

Clinical Interests

Chief of Nephrology on the Medical Service at John Cochran Veterans Admin. Medical Center (1973-1976)

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Dean for Curriculum, Washington Univ. School of Medicine (1976-1994) As such, in 1976 was first woman to serve on Dean’s staff in the School of Medicine.
  • Associate Dean for Academic Projects, Washington Univ. School of Medicine (1994-1998)

Research Interests

Research focus was renal physiology, notably kidney pathophysiology and pathophysiology of acute and chronic renal failure utilizing experimental models of renal disease.