Abraham Nussbaum, MD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry-Public Psyc

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (2005)
Graduate School :
  • MTh, Duke University (2005)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Swarthmore College (PA) (1997)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Program (2006)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Program, Chief Resident, Psychiatry (2009)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Public Psyc

Professional Titles

  • Chief Education Officer


  • Associate Professor (2016)
    School of Medicine, Psychiatry
  • Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education (2017)
    School of Medicine, Gme/Cme


  • Nussbaum AM. Questionable Agreement: The Experience of Depression and DSM-5 Major Depressive Disorder Criteria. J Med Philos. 2020 Nov 30;45(6):623-643. PubMed PMID: 33206179
  • Thant T, Nussbaum A. What You Need to Know About Cannabis: An Evidence-Based Crash Course for Mental Health Trainees. MedEdPORTAL. 2020 Jul 15;16:10923. PubMed PMID: 32704537
  • Williams JTB, O'Leary ST, Nussbaum AM. Caring for the Vaccine-Hesitant Family: Evidence-Based Alternatives to Dismissal. J Pediatr. 2020 Sep;224:137-140. PubMed PMID: 32446723
  • Nussbaum AM. Held Against Our Wills: Reimagining Involuntary Commitment. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 May;39(5):898-901. PubMed PMID: 32364875
  • Nussbaum AM, Wynia MK. "When They Restrain You They Ignore You"-What We Should Learn From the People We Restrain in Emergency Departments. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Jan 3;3(1):e1919582. PubMed PMID: 31977054
  • Gonzalo JD, Dekhtyar M, Caverzagie KJ, Grant BK, Herrine SK, Nussbaum AM, Tad-y D, White E, Wolpaw DR: The triple helix of clinical, research, and education missions in academic health centers: a qualitative study of diverse stakeholder perspectives. Learning Health Systems 2020 DOI: 10.1002.lrh2.102050
  • Williams JTB, Nussbaum AM, O'Leary ST. Building Trust: Clergy and the Call to Eliminate Religious Exemptions. Pediatrics. 2019 Oct;144(4). PubMed PMID: 31501235
  • Nussbaum AM. Alternatives to War Within Medicine: <i>From Conscientious Objection to Nonviolent Conflict About Contested Medical Practices</i>. Perspect Biol Med. 2019;62(3):434-451. PubMed PMID: 31495790
  • Williams JTB, Nussbaum AM, O'Leary ST. What about clergy? A surprisingly absent "Cue to Action" in McCoy et al. (2018). Vaccine. 2019 Sep 10;37(38):5665-5666. PubMed PMID: 31455553
  • Williams JTB, Nussbaum AM. Reverend Rowland Hill and a Role for Religious Leaders in Vaccine Promotion. Am J Public Health. 2019 May;109(5):697-698. PubMed PMID: 30896997
  • DSM-5 pocket guide for child and adolescent mental health / by Robert J. Hilt, Abraham M. Nussbaum. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/101665958
  • The finest traditions of my calling : one physician's search for the renewal of medicine / Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/101695143
  • Nussbaum AM, Thurstone C, McGarry L, Walker B, Sabel AL. Use and diversion of medical marijuana among adults admitted to inpatient psychiatry. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2014 Nov 6;:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25375878
  • Nussbaum AM. "I am the Author and Must Take Full Responsibility": Abraham Verghese, Physicians as the Storytellers of the Body, and the Renewal of Medicine. J Med Humanit. 2014 Oct 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25301696
  • Nussbaum AM. Medicine and the arts. White noise: [excerpt] by Don DeLillo. Commentary. Acad Med. 2014 Sep;89(9):1228-9. PubMed PMID: 25160835
  • Rylander M, Valdez C, Nussbaum AM. Does the legalization of medical marijuana increase completed suicide?. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2014 Jul;40(4):269-73. PubMed PMID: 24949839
  • The pocket guide to the DSM-5 diagnostic exam / Abraham M. Nussbaum. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/101602178
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Professional Memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association, Distinguished Fellow
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Member

Practice Locations

Denver Health
777 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204

Hospital Affiliation
  • Denver Health Medical Center
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

  • Psychiatry, Board Certification
  • Leadership in Educational Administration Program, Certificate (2017)
  • Faculty Scholars Program, Certificate (2014)
  • Teaching Scholars Program, Certificate (2011)
Clinical Interests
Schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, suicide

Care Philosophy
Person-centered, evidence-based, with an interest in restoring persons with mental illness to their community.

Personal Interests
My wife and I are both physicians. We enjoy time with our three children, reading, and running.

Volunteer Activities
I volunteer in several capacities at our children's school, Blessed Sacrament.

Public Speaking
I speak frequently across the country on the renewal of medicine, practitioner burnout and resiliency, mental health, and the importance of storytelling in medical care.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (2005)
Graduate Schools:
  • MTh, Duke University (2005)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Swarthmore College (PA) (1997)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Program (2006)
Residency Programs:
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Program, Chief Resident, Psychiatry (2009)
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Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Public Psyc