John Sessions, DPM, PhD
John Sessions, DPM, PhD
Dr. Sessions is one of the few physician/engineer professionals in the country. He started college at Weber State University, earning and AS degree/German Minor 2005, before moving to Brigham Young University (BYU) and earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2009. While getting his bachelors degree, he had the opportunity to intern with several companies, which include Autoliv (automotive airbag manufacturing, process engineering), United States Air Force (civilian engineering airframe CAD design/manufacturing support for F16, A10, C130 planes), BYU Applied Biomechanics Laboratory (lumbar spine biomechanics research, mechanical testing equipment development, surgical device design), as well as consulting for other start-up companies (product development, mechanical testing and prototyping).
In 2010, John transitioned from engineering to medicine, starting medical training at Midwestern University in Arizona. In 2013, he was given the opportunity to return for further engineering training at Brigham Young University. During his training, he had the opportunity to develop a high through-put micro-electromechanical system for genetically engineering human cells (Lance Array Nanoinjection; first researcher in the world to genetically modify surface receptors for enhanced wound healing using CRISPR), an artificial aortic heart valve (designed/tested), a pediatric foot-ankle prosthetic (Miller New Venture finalist), motorcycle rack for the developing world (Itacoatiara Brazil), and two patented flexible electrical substrate technologies being applied in high performance commercial and military electronics. In 2016, he graduated from BYU with his PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Following the completion of his PhD, John returned for his final year of podiatric medical school, graduating in 2017 with his DPM and joining Baylor Scott & White/Texas A&M Health Science Center in Temple, TX for his 3-year foot and ankle surgical training (graduating in 2020). John continues to be active in both engineering and medicine research, having specific interests in orthopedic design, peripheral neurology, biomechanics, diabetic limb salvage, tissue and cell engineering. Most recently, John obtained development grant in 2018 for a new total ankle arthroplasty system, which is currently in development.
Outside of professional life, John enjoys spending time with his sweet-heart wife, and five children. He loves spending the day on the soccer field, volleyball court, or woodworking.