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Abraham Nussbaum, MD, MTS

phone: (303) 603-6920
office: Denver Health
                601 Broadway, MC 0278, Denver, CO 80203

Abraham M. Nussbaum is a board certified psychiatrist who practices at Denver Health​, an academic safety-net hospital in downtown Denver. He previously directed its adult inpatient psychiatry units, which care for adults throughout Colorado experiencing mental health crises. He currently serves as Chief Education Officer, providing strategic vision, daily direction, and administrative oversight for Denver Health’s clinical education programs. In his practice, he strives to inhabit the roles described in his book The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician’s Search for the Renewal of Medicine,​ asking how he and his fellow practitioners can restore patients to health through person-centered care. 

He has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado since 2009. As an associate professor in the University of Colorado’s department of psychiatry, he developed an award-winning curriculum for interviewing patients, which evolved into The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5 Diagnostic Exam.​ He believes a diagnostic exam begins with forming a therapeutic alliance in shared pursuit of health. With Robert J. Hilt, he recently published The DSM-5 Pocket Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health​. With Sophia Wang, he recently published The DSM-5 Pocket Guide to Elder Mental Health​. He maintains a personal website at​

  • Undergraduate Education:                Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  • Postbaccalaureate Education:           Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Medical Education:                          University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Internship/Residency:                     University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Master of Theological Studies:          Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC
  • Care of Persons with Mental Illness​
  • Communication Training
  • Health Professions Education
  • Literature and Medicine
  • Religion and Medicine