Professional Background

Dr. Buser has been a practicing physician for over 20 years. He entered the US Air force in 1985 with a scholarship to Duke medical school. After graduating from psychiatric residency in 1993 he served for 3 years at a 200 bed Air Force hospital in Mississippi (Keesler Medical Center). In July of 1996 he was transferred overseas as the sole military psychiatrist for the Panama Canal Zone. In June of 1997 he was honorably discharged from the Air Force with the rank of Major. Since then he has been in private psychiatric practice in Asheville, NC. He currently has an outpatient practice working with a broad range of psychiatric illness in adults. He completed a fellowship in advanced psychotherapy at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago and founded the Asheville Jung Center in 2008. He is actively involved in neurostimulation treatments including Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Deep Brain Stimulation..


C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, 2 yr Psychotherapy Clinical Training Program; 2008

Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; 1995

Psychiatry Residency – Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; 1993

Pediatric Internship – Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; 1990

Duke University School of Medicine – MD; completed in 1989

Michigan State University – B.S. in Physiology, summa cum laude; graduated in1985



Air Force: Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal

Medical School: Honors in Pharmacology, Neuroanatomy, Neuro-physiology, Human Behavior, Neuroanatomy research, Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, Pediatric, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Medicine ICU Subinternship, Pediatric Surgery, Ob/Gyn, and Radiology.

College: Member of Honors College, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi.



April 2008 to Present Founder, Asheville Jung Center

In 2008 Dr. Buser founded the Asheville Jung Center. They have since lead numerous seminars chiefly out of Zurich Switzerland and a leading Jungian institute known as the International School of Analytical Psychology (ISAP). These seminars are simultaneously broadcast to sites world wide and allow participants to interact with the presenters out of Zurich.


Oct 2006 to June 2008 Advanced Psychotherapy Fellowship CG Jung Institute of Chicago

Dr. Buser completed a two year clinical training in advanced psychotherapy. This focused on Jungian psychotherapy (i.e. depth psychology, unconscious manifestations, projection, transference/counter-transference, mythology correlations, archetypal manifestations, etc.)


Jan 2006 to Present Vagus Nerve Stimulation Clinical Expertise

Dr. Buser has evaluated and managed over 50 patients with Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) for chronic severe depression. He has more patients implanted with VNS than any other psychiatrist in the United States. He has extensively lectured on VNS to various audiences including primary care physicians, psychotherapist and other psychiatrists.


July 2005 to Present Clinical Mental Health Instructor MAHEC Family Practice Residency

Dr. Buser has lectured extensively to family practice residents on various mental health topics including major depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.


2002 to 2006 Bilingual Psychiatrist Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS)

Dr. Buser worked for 5 years as a Spanish-speaking psychiatrist for a local community health clinic. He followed approximately 100 patients, mostly immigrants from Central and South America. These patients were treated for clinical disorders ranging from major depression, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia.


1985 to Present War Trauma Evaluation & Treatment Expertise

VA Medical Centers (Durham, Dayton, Gulfport & Asheville), & US Air Force Bases (Dayton, Biloxi & Republic of Panama)

Dr. Buser has evaluated between 800 and 1000 war-trauma survivors (victims & perpetrators) from conflicts including World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Panama (Noriega), Persian Gulf I, World Trade Center, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq . This included clinical psychotherapy, commander-directed evaluations, disability reviews and active duty military treatment.


1985 to 1996 Advanced Military Medical Training

Dr. Buser was chief of the Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing (CISD) team following a military plane crash in Honduras. He also lead a hostage negotiation team, trained in the Combat Casualty Care Course (“MASH” style unit) at Fort Sam Houston, and aerospace medical training including altitude test chamber, parachuting and survival training.


1988 to Present Latin-American Cultural Awareness & Clinical Expertise Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Western NC

Dr. Buser has extensively traveled and worked in Central America. He has close ties with Salvadoran and Mexican communities. Asheville area and works clinically in Spanish.