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Internist, General
28 years of experience
Accepting new patients
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Education ?

Medical School Score Rankings
University of Rochester (1984)
Top 25%

Awards & Distinctions ?

Patients' Choice Award (2009, 2012, 2014)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012)
American Board of Internal Medicine

Affiliations ?

Dr. Abbey is affiliated with 2 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Poudre Valley Hospital
    1024 S Lemay Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    Top 25%
  • Medical Center Of The Rockies
    2500 Rocky Mountain Ave, Loveland, CO 80538
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Abbey has contributed to 8 publications.
    Title Antivaccination Web Sites.
    Date October 2002
    Journal Jama : the Journal of the American Medical Association
    Title Taxing Debate for Taxonomists.
    Date July 2001
    Journal Science (new York, N.y.)
    Title The Thomas Jefferson Paternity Case.
    Date January 1999
    Journal Nature
    Title Treatment of Postoperative Wound Infections Following Spinal Fusion with Instrumentation.
    Date February 1996
    Journal Journal of Spinal Disorders

    Postoperative wound infections following spinal fusion with instrumentation often present diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties. This article reviews 34 such infections. An infection rate of 3.7% was noted. Depending on various clinical indicators, treatment strategies included short-course antibiotics, prolonged intravenous antibiotics, or intravenous antibiotics followed by suppressive antibiotics and eventual hardware removal. To eradicate these infections, removal of instrumentation is often required; this option, however, may result in an unstable spine. Treatment algorithms were developed for treatment of postoperative spinal surgical site infections and to minimize the possibility of spine instability. All patients were cured of their infections.

    Title Diagnosis of Vertebral Osteomyelitis in a Community Hospital by Using Computed Tomography.
    Date October 1989
    Journal Archives of Internal Medicine

    Twenty cases of vertebral osteomyelitis from three community hospitals were reviewed. Routine spine radiographs were frequently normal in the setting of active vertebral osteomyelitis. Computed tomographic scanning of the spine frequently detected changes in the vertebral end plates that were diagnostic of vertebral osteomyelitis at a time when routine spine radiographs were unrevealing.

    Title Effect of Chemical and Pharmacological Agents on the Secretory Activity Induced by Escherichia Coli Heat-stable Enterotoxin.
    Date January 1982
    Journal Canadian Journal of Microbiology

    The effect of aspirin (ASP), chlorpromazine (CPZ), diphenoxylate (DP), ethylene glycol tetraacetate (EGTA), hydrocortisone (HC), loperamide (LPA), methylprednisolone (MP), phenotolamine mesylate (PTM), propranolol (PR), and trifluoperazine (TPZ) on the secretory activity induced by Escherichia coli heat-stable (ST) enterotoxin in infant mice was studied. LPA and DP, which are used therapeutically for diarrhea, did not inhibit the effect of ST enterotoxin; MP and HC, known inhibitors of cholera enterotoxin, and two adrenergic agents (PR and PTM) had no effect on ST-induced secretory activity. TPZ, EGTA, ASP, and CPZ caused a significant (P less than 0.05) decrease in the secretory activity induced by ST enterotoxin, CPZ, EGTA, and TPZ inhibited secretory activity induced by 8-bromoguanosine 3'5'-cyclic monophosphoric acid (8-BrcGMP), a cGMP analog.

    Title A Possible Role for Calcium in Cyclic Nucleotide Mediated Fluid Secretion.
    Date November 1981
    Journal Medical Hypotheses

    This article suggests that calcium acts as an intermediate for intestinal fluid secretion mediated by adenosine-3':5'-cyclic monophosphoric acid (cAMP) and guanosine -3':5-'cyclic monophosphoric acid (cGMP). It is hypothesized that microbial enterotoxins disrupt the normal interrelationships between calcium and cyclic nucleotides, thereby leading to adverse biological effects. It is further proposed that the inhibitory effect of chlorpromazine on calmodulin accounts for the ability of this drug to inhibit enterotoxins which separately elevate cAMP or cGMP concentrations.

    Title Effect of Chlorpromazine on the Secretory Activity of Escherichia Coli Heat-stable Enterotoxin.
    Date April 1980
    Journal Infection and Immunity

    The effect of chlorpromazine on the net intestinal accumulation of fluid induced by Escherichia coli heat-stable (ST) enterotoxin in an infant mouse model was examined. Chlorpromazine, when administered with ST enterotoxin, caused a highly significant decrease in net intestinal fluid accumulation. The inhibition of ST activity was dose dependent with various concentrations of chlorpromazine (P less than 0.001). A significant inhibition of toxic activity was also observed when chlorpromazine was administered before (P less than 0.02) or after (P less than 0.05) ST enterotoxin challenge. No significant differences in fluid accumulation were observed between control mice treated with buffer alone and those treated with only chlorpromazine. These data indicate that chlorpromazine markedly decreases the net intestinal fluid accumulation induced by E. coli ST enterotoxin. Further studies on the potential use of chlorpromazine in both the prophylaxis and the treatment of diarrheal diseases appear warranted.

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