Dr. Bess graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from Swarthmore College. He attended the University of Michigan for medical school and psychiatry residency where he served as Inpatient Services Chief Resident. Dr. Bess subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry where he served as Medical Director of the Adult Inpatient Unit and Attending Physician on the Consultation-Liaison Service and the ECT Team. Dr. Bess has authored several papers and is co-author of the Manual of Inpatient Psychiatry.

Dr. Bess is a highly regarded teacher and clinician. His clinical interests include ECT and other brain stimulation therapies, thoughtful pharmacotherapy of treatment-resistant mood disorders and the treatment of catatonia and co-occurring medical-psychiatric illness.

Dr. Bess is a member of American Psychiatric Association, Washington State Psychiatric Association, Association for Academic Psychiatry, Clinical TMS Society and International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation.