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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.

Abraham Verghese: On healing, writing and his memories of Kerala

Mint Lounge | November 2023

Abraham Verghese discusses his latest bestseller, ‘The Covenant of Water’, his love for Kerala, the role of medicine, and growing up in Ethiopia with his childhood friend, Ammu Joseph


Good things—great novels—come to those who wait.” – Oprah Daily

Among the many qualities that make @abe_verghese exceptional is his ability to tell real-life stories and share honest reflections through the lens of fiction. Hear more about his journey from medicine to novels on #HouseCallswithVivekMurthy: http://surgeongeneral.gov/housecalls

Join us in celebrating @StanfordMed's 2024 graduates! Explore their inspiring stories & the impactful messages shared at their commencement ceremony, featuring #StanDOM's @abe_verghese. https://stan.md/3L7yuh3

I was at a mega-book club discussion of COVENANT—3 book clubs that came together, hosted by my dear friends, Anu Maitra and Tom Kailath, at their gorgeous home. My cousin @TomVargheseJr talked about his illustrations for COVENANT, including…

Proud of @evanpmullen. As intern @StanfordMedRes he cajoled me into 1-on-1 weekly, bedside teaching — “reading the body.” This @NEJM piece c @EricTopol a byproduct of real rounds, which, like physical exam, is billed for more than performed.

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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.

Abraham Verghese with president Obama
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