Dr. Guerra has been, and continues to be, a state and national leader in
the field of psychiatry for four decades.
Dr. Guerra is one of the most experienced practitioners of electroconvulsive
therapy in the world. Having participated as both an anesthesiologist
and psychiatrist, he has developed a deep knowledge of the procedure from
Over the decades, he developed ECT programs in many hospitals including
Bethesda, Mt. Airy, St. Joseph, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s, Porter,
Lutheran, West Pines, Columbine, University of Colorado, Centennial Peaks,
and Boulder Community Health.
Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Guerra is a graduate of The Johns
Hopkins University and it’s School of Medicine. He was in intern
in internal medicine at Kings County/Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn,
New York. He completed residencies in psychiatry and anesthesiology at
the Universities of Colorado and Pennsylvania.
He was Chief of Anesthesiology at Lemoore Naval Hospital in California,
achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He has been twice elected President of the Colorado Psychiatric Society
and is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology at the University
of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Guerra brings over forty years of
consultative experience in psychiatry and anesthesiology. As an anesthesiologist
he has had years of operating room experience in general surgery, neurosurgery,
orthopedics, open heart, obstetrics, gynecology, among other fields. His
experience in the critical care of surgical patients translates into a
large measure of safety in the care of patients receiving electroconvulsive
therapy. He has participated in close to 70,000 electroconvulsive therapy
procedures as a consultant for patients who are either treatment resistant
or experiencing life threatening psychiatric illness. Prior to pursuing
full time psychiatric consultative work, he was President of Metro Denver
Anesthesiologists. Dr. Guerra represented the Colorado Psychiatric Society
in the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association for ten years.
He has twice been the recipient of teaching awards from the University
of Colorado School of Medicine.
He is currently an Honorary Board Director of Mental Health Colorado and
a Board Director of the Colorado Physicians Health Program and Congregation
Having treated patients in his psychiatric capacity over many years, he
now limits his practice to the administration of anesthetics to patients
undergoing ECT. Participating in the care of each patient over many treatments,
he acts as both a medical and psychiatric consultant to Drs. Fisher and
Reyburn on an ongoing basis, sharing his observations and recommendations.
Hence, unlike at most other treatment facilities, patients have the advantage
of being treated by two psychiatrists, ensuring accurate and knowledgable care.
Dr. Guerra is an unwavering proponent of the importance of teamwork in
medicine. As such, each member of the group is treated as an equal. Each,
from the technicians to the nurses to the secretary is respected for his
or her skills and observational acumen. We communicate openly. All members
of the team have learned that their observations and suggestions can be
voiced openly and will be considered and valued.
Dr. Guerra lives with his wife Jo Ellen and two dogs (Maddie and Maurice)
in the foothills just north of Boulder. He is an enthusiastic lover of
music, art, literature. He is an avid reader. He is an active participant
in the cultural life of Boulder, supporting a number of charitable organizations
both local and national.