Abel Bumgarner, MD

Psychiatrist
Currently Seeing Patients at:

Burlingame (Starting Fall 2017)

Call 844.867.8444 to book an appointment

About Abel Bumgarner, MD

Dr. Bumgarner is a Board-Certified, Adult Psychiatrist with a passion for treating patients suffering from mood disorders. He finds helping patients to be extremely rewarding as he seeks to provide relief from their symptoms.

During his psychiatry rotation in medical school, he noted that psychiatric treatment allowed a physician to look holistically at a patient and figure out how to best treat them, vs. pinpointing one specific ailment. He was drawn to this opportunity to treat the whole person and found that incredibly rewarding. He believes psychiatry can elevate the human condition directly by aiding in relief from emotional pain, anxiety, sadness, and suffering.

In treating patients, he aims to build a working alliance towards treatment goals, offering the most appropriate and effective treatments. He is highly seasoned in helping patients manage their medication regimen and finding the best combination to provide relief.

His focus on depression and mood disorders began when he noticed the toll depression has taken on the population as a whole. While he has successfully treated many patients with medication, be believes that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive therapy that provides more robust treatment options. With this growing technological advancement that allows treatments to be more specific to the brain regions involved in psychiatric disorders, he sees that TMS will likely be used as a tailored treatment beyond depression.

He joins TMS Health Solutions in late Fall of 2017.

personal interests

Dr. Bumgarner enjoys both the cultural and natural diversity the Bay Area offers. He appreciates the generally mild weather that affords year-round access to a wide range of outdoor activities, parks, and hiking trails. After living in Mexico and cultivating an ongoing love of travel, he likes spicy food and prides himself on cooking new dishes with a little bit of a kick.

Certifications & Memberships

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Board Certified

American Psychiatric Association

Member

TMS Training Fellowship

Certificate from Duke University

education & experience

Dr. Bumgarner received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University. During school, he took a year off and lived in Mexico, working with architects and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). He found this time to be a fundamental, life-changing experience. After completing his degree, he continued to teach and enjoyed creating the curriculum for his classes, and moreover, seeing the progression of students. He craved that human connection that he had with students, and, while drawn to the humanistic goals of architecture, he ultimately believed medicine would provide more gratifying work.

He earned his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. After graduating, he completed his general psychiatry residency training at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program, followed by a Fellowship in Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. During and after his training, he worked with patients who suffered from a wide range of psychiatric disorders with symptoms from depression, anxiety, trauma-related symptoms, psychosis, and substance abuse. His fellowship for inpatient care helped balance out his training.

Throughout his career, Dr. Bumgarner has pursued both incremental training and volunteering including working as a Spanish interpreter at a city health center, participating in a comprehensive educational program at The Betty Ford Center, moonlighting in psychiatric emergency services as well as other various positions. This provided him with a well-rounded, wide breadth of experience.

Publications

Meta-analysis of Randomized, Controlled Trials of Topiramate to Mitigate Psychotropic-Associated Weight Gain. Presented abstract, Research Day 2015, University of Maryland School of Medicine. April 2015

Research Assistant in El-Gabalawi F, Novitsky M, investigators: Adolescents’ Beliefs About Medication, Family Beliefs, and Therapeutic Alliance with Their Doctors: Predictors of Adherence To Prescribed Psychiatric Medications. June-July 2011

Contributor to Clinical Images Chapter Tully AS, Studdiford JS: USMLE Images for the Boards: an image-based review Philadelphia, 2011, Elsevier Inc. Dec. 2010