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Abraham Nussbaum, MD, MTS

Associate Professor

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Dr. Nussbaum is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSOM and Director of Adult Inpatient Psychiatry at the Denver Health Medical Center.

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA - B.A., 1997

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA - pre-medical program, 1998-1999

University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC - M.D., 2004

Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC - M.T.S., 2005 (Summa Cum Laude)​​

​Teaching Scholars Program, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, 2010 - 2011

Faculty Scholars Program, Program in Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2012 - 2014


- Colorado Psychiatric Society (Member, 2009 - present)
- American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (Member, 2012 - present)
- Legislative Committee, Colorado Psychiatric Association (Member, 2014 - present)
- Steering Committee Member, Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership, American Psychiatric Association (2014 - present)

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Nussbaum AM: Open up a few bodies: reflections on dissection. Fax: The UNC Medical Research Journal, 2004

Nussbaum AM: Profession and Faith: the National Guild of Catholic Psychiatrists. The Catholic Historical Review, 93(4): 845-865, 2007

Nussbaum AM, Stroup TS: Paliperidone for schizophrenia. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 16(2): CD006369, 2008 PMID: 18425951

Nussbaum AM, Stroup TS: Paliperidone for treatment of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 34(3):419-422, 2008 PMID: 18375569

Nussbaum AM, Stroup TS: Oral paliperidone for schizophrenia. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4: CD006369, 2008 PMID: 18425951

Nussbaum AM, Thurstone C: Mile High macaroons: the medicalization of marijuana in Colorado. Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice 5(2), 2011

Nussbaum AM, Thurstone C, Binswanger IA: Medical marijuana use and suicide attempt in a patient with major depressive disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry 168(8): 778-781, 2011 PMID: 21813494

Stroup TS, McEvoy JP, Ring K, Hamer R, LaVange L, Swartz MS, Rosenheck RA, Perkins DO, Nussbaum AM, Lieberman JA: Comparison of Antipsychotics for Metabolic Problems (CAMP): a randomized trial examining the effectiveness of switching from olanzapine, quetiapine, or risperidone to aripiprazole to reduce metabolic risk. The American Journal of Psychiatry 168(9):947-956, 2011 PMID: 21768610

Nussbaum AM: Changing the name of dementia during residency training: from medication management to CBT to psychodynamic psychotherapy. The Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 75(3): 224-235, 2011 PMID: 21958319

Nussbaum AM, Boyer JA, Kondrad EC: “But my doctor recommended pot”: medical marijuana and the patient-physician relationship. Journal of General Internal Medicine 26(11): 1364-1367, 2011 PMID: 21863349

Nussbaum AM, Stroup TS: Paliperidone palmitate for schizophrenia. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 6: CD008296, 2012 PMID: 22696377

Nussbaum AM, Stroup TS: Paliperidone palmitate for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin 38(6): 1124-1127, 2012 PMID: 2296147

Nussbaum AM: The Mennonite mental health movement: discipleship, nonresistance, and the communal care of people with mental illness in late twentieth-century America. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 200(12): 1088-1095, 2012 PMID: 23183369

Borgelt LM, Franson KL, Nussbaum AM, Wang GS: The pharmacologic and clinical effects of medical cannabis. Pharmacotherapy 33(2): 195-209, 2013 PMID: 23386598

Nussbaum AM, Stroup TS: Drug information update: paliperidone palmitate for schizophrenia. The Psychiatrist 37:164-166, 2013 doi:10.1192/pb.bp.113.042739

Nussbaum AM: Interpreters or teachers? JAMA 310(3): 165-6, 2013 PMID: 23860983

Rylander M, Valdez C, Nussbaum AM: Does the legalization of medical marijuana increase completed suicide?: statistical analyses of Colorado’s medical marijuana registry, 2004-2010 American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 40(4): 269-72, 2014 PMID: 24949839

Nussbaum AM: “The only thing to face is death”: DeLillo’s White Noise and Tolstoy’s ‘The Death of Ivan Ilyich’. Academic Medicine 89(9): 1229, 2014 PMID: 25160835

Nussbaum AM: When the Doctor is a Gardener: Victoria Sweet, Hildegard of Bingen, and the Genres of Physician Writers. Literature and Medicine 32(2): 325-47, 2014 PMID: 25693315

Nussbaum AM, Thurstone C, McGarry L, Walker B, Sabel AL: Use and diversion of medical marijuana among adults admitted to inpatient psychiatry. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 2015 41(2): 166-72, 2015 PMID: 25375878

Nussbaum AM: “I am the author and must take full responsibility: Abraham Verghese, the physicians as the storytellers of the body, and the renewal of medicine. Journal of Medical Humanities 2014 DOI: 10.1007/s10912-014-9312-6 PMID: 25301696