Born and raised in suburban Chicago, Dr. Possley received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He spent several years as a cyclist in Europe, before returning home to begin his focus on the practice of medicine. He worked his way through graduate school as a carpenter, and then worked at Midwest Heart Specialists, outside of Chicago, performing stress testing on cardiac patients. He earned a master’s degree in Physiology with Summa Cum Laude honors from Benedictine University.
Through these experiences, Dr. Possley developed a passion for and commitment to serving others. He enrolled in medical school at Midwestern University. Dr. Possley also joined in the US Army and was an active duty officer for 11 years, where he trained at San Antonio Military Medical Consortium at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, the only US Department of Defense level one trauma center. He continued his work as an orthopaedic surgeon at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, TX, and was deployed to Bastion Hospital at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His wartime experience pushed him to continue his training, and he completed a spine surgery fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, a world-renowned spine fellowship.
He previously served as the Resident Education Director at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center; Adjunct Faculty for the Interservice Physician Assistant Graduate Program and Academy of Health Sciences US Army Medical Department Center; Assistant Professor of Surgery at the F. Edward Howard School of Medicine; a Consultant to the United States Army Office of the Surgeon General Telemedicine Teleconsultation Program; and Adjunct Professor of Physiology at Benedictine University.
Dr. Possley’s decorations include Army Physical Fitness Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, NATO International Security Forces Medal Non-Article 5, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Global War on Terrorism Medal.
Dr. Possley has received numerous academic awards to include the F. Edward Hébert Health Professions Scholarship. He is active in the orthopaedic academic community by giving local, national and international presentations, reviewing journal articles, and publishing peer reviewed articles and book chapters.
Dr. Possley is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a member of the North American Spine Society and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association.