Gene Bowman

Gene Bowman, ND


Dr. Gene Bowman is a 2004 graduate of NCNM. His clinical training includes completion of clinical internship under Dr. Martin Milner at the Center for Natural Medicine and subsequent completion of clinical residency under Dr. David Greenspan at Greenspan Good Health Center. While in residency, Dr. Bowman pursued his natural medicine research interests in describing the implications of gastric acid abnormalities under Dr.s Carlo Calabrese and Heather Zwickey at Helfgott. This training facilitated Dr. Bowman’s first research grant in the summer of 2005 that funded the acquisition of tubeless gastric analysis technology to quantify gastric acidity directly in populations with memory deficits. At the conclusion of clinical residency and his Helfgott post–doctoral fellowship in 2005, Dr. Bowman was awarded a National Research Service Award (Ruth L. Kirschstein) from the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine through OHSU for CAM research training in neuroscience and stress. This award has enabled Dr. Bowman to build his clinical research agenda originally established at Helfgott.

In early 2006, he was awarded a second grant through the Oregon Partnership for Alzheimer’s Research Tax Check–Off Fund supported by Oregon residents to pursue his proposal titled, “Hypochlorhydria and homocysteine in Mild Cognitive Impairment” utilizing the tubeless gastric analysis technology. His third grant was funded by the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute at OHSU titled, “Assessment of nutrient biomarkers in subjects at risk for dementia” to further describe the most fruitful strategy for determining nutrient status in patients with memory deficits.  

Dr. Bowman is a frequent presenter on naturopathic medicine related to neurologic, vascular and gastrointestinal disorders. He has presented at forums sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Disease Association and presented clinical research at national scientific meetings including the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the International Academy of Nutrition and Aging, and the Linus Pauling Institute’s Diet and Optimal Health conferences. Presently, Dr. Bowman holds an adjunct faculty position at Helfgott Research Institute and full faculty appointment as Clinical Instructor of Neurology at OHSU where he is completing graduate studies in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.  His clinical research pursuits include describing the relationship between the aging gut and brain and how the integrity of the blood–brain barrier modifies the rate of neurodegeneration by way of compartmentalization of nutrients important for brain health. He practices naturopathic medicine at the Natural Health Center of NCNM serving as clinical preceptor to naturopathic medical students, allopathic medical students and residents focused on experiential application of naturopathic medicine to disorders of the nervous, vascular, endocrine and gastrointestinal systems.

Dr. Bowman enjoys spending free time playing soccer, skiing, kayaking, backpacking adventures and cooking Indian and Mediterranean cuisine.