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About Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP, is Professor and Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the School of Medicine at Stanford University. He is also a best-selling author and a physician with a reputation for his focus on healing in an era where technology often overwhelms the human side of medicine. He received the Heinz Award in 2014 and was awarded the National Humanities Medal, presented by President Barack Obama, in 2015.

White House citation, National Humanities Medal, 2015

For reminding us that the patient is the center of the medical enterprise. His range of proficiency embodies the diversity of the humanities; from his efforts to emphasize empathy in medicine, to his imaginative renderings of the human drama.

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Podcast: Medicine and the Machine

Join Medscape editor-in-chief Eric Topol, MD, and master storyteller and clinician Abraham Verghese, MD, on Medicine and the Machine as they discuss the power and pitfalls of artificial intelligence, and how it will change modern medicine.

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Charting a Path Out of COVID Means Remembering Data and Humanity: Caitlin Rivers discusses the missteps and opportunities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘We can always chart a better course and end up where we need to be,’ she said.

Physician, author Abraham Verghese receives National Humanities Medal

Abraham Verghese, MD, the critically acclaimed author, was honored at a White House ceremony for helping to deepen the nation’s understanding of the human experience.

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