Orthopedic Surgeon


Dr. Daniel Possley is a Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon in practice at Cornerstone Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Metro Denver. He pursued a career in spine surgery after his brother had a serious neck injury that nearly left him paralized. His brother is now a thriving electrician, and Dr. Possley knows the value of good surgical care. However, he also appreciates the value of conservative care — and he strives to get you back to your life with non-operative treatments first. His goal is to help you return to doing the things you love so that you can live the life you deserve.

Dr. Possley was born and raised in suburban Chicago, and received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He spent several years as a professional cyclist in Europe before returning home to focus on the practice of medicine. He then worked his way through graduate school as a carpenter, and earned a master’s degree in Physiology with summa cum laude honors from Benedictine University. Upon enrolling in medical school at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, he received the F. Edward Hébert Health Professions Scholarship.

Dr. Possley felt called to serve after the events of 9-11, and joined the United States Army as an orthopedic surgeon. He completed his orthopedic surgical internship at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He continued his residency training in orthopedics and rehabilitation at the San Antonio Military Medical Consortium; the only US Department of Defense level one trauma center.

Dr. Possley was deployed to Bastion Hospital at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his combat experience, he continued his work as an active duty orthopedic surgeon at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas. He 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 U.S. Army Medical Department Center; Assistant Professor of Surgery at the F. Edward Howard School of Medicine; and as a Consultant to the United States Army Office of the Surgeon General Telemedicine Teleconsultation Program.

His wartime experience pushed him to continue his training, and he completed a spine surgery fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan; a world-renowned spine fellowship. This is literally the busiest spine fellowship in the world, and Dr. Possley was mentored by some of the most well respected leaders in the field.

He is active in the orthopedic academic community by giving local, national and international presentations, reviewing journal articles, and publishing peer reviewed articles and book chapters.

He is a member of many prestigious medical societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons.
He now lives in Colorado and has a thriving practice with SCL Health. In his free time, he loves to spend time outdoors fly fishing, mountain biking, and camping.


Orthopedic Spine Fellowship July 2017-June 2018
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Resident, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation July 2009-June 2013
San Antonio Uniformed Health Education Consortium (SAUCHEC) Level 1
Trauma Center
Fort Sam Houston, TX

Intern, Orthopedic Surgery Service July 2008-2009
Brooke Army Medical Center
Fort Sam Houston, TX

Doctor of Osteopathy, 2004-2008
Midwestern University-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Downers Grove, IL

Master of Science, 2000-2002 Summa cum laude
Exercise Physiology
Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

Bachelor’s of Science, 1996
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN



American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


CO State Medical License – CO State License
2010 – 2019

MI State Medical License – MI State License
2017 – 2020

NE State Medical License – NE State License
2015 – 2016

TX State Medical License – TX State License
2015 – 2019


203rd Welsh Field Hospital Mission Support Validation/Exercise (HOSPEX) Strensall, England 2013

Defense Medical Services Ethics IV Birmingham, England 2013

Joint Forces Combat Trauma Management Course 2013

Extremity War Injury Course 2009

Combat Casualty Care Course 2008

AMEDD Officer Basic Course 2004


Army Physical Fitness Badge 2016

Army Commendation Medal 2014, Afghan Campaign Medal 2014

NATO International Security Forces Medal Non-Article 5 2014 Army

Achievement Medal 2013, 2015

National Defense Service Medal 2008

Army Service Ribbon 2008

Global War on Terrorism Medal 2008

F. Edward Hébert Health Professions Scholarship 2004-2008



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    380 Empire Rd, Suite 120, Lafayette, CO 80026
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