Dr. Bower completed undergraduate and medical school education Emory University, obtaining his MD in 1986. He trained in Internal Medicine at Emory University Hospitals from 1986-1989 and then accepted a junior faculty appointment at the Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) as Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). He joined the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in 1991 and was board certified in Critical Care Medicine in 1993. He continued as the Director of the VA MICU through 1999 receiving a Golden Apple Award for teaching from the Department of Medicine. In 2000, he transitioned to hospital administration as the Chief of Staff for the Atlanta VAMC and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the Emory School of Medicine. He has helped guide the Atlanta VAMC to a 350% increase in size over the past 15 years and continues to attend in the MICU and supervise residents and fellows. He has served in numerous leadership roles and committees within the Emory University community and the regional Veterans Affairs service network.