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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

We were lucky enough to spend three nights on Waiheke Island before heading to Auckland for the @AklWritersFest. Beautiful.


At the @AklWritersFest with Richard Flanagan, Viet Thanh Nyugen, @ShashiTharoor, Paul Lynch, Becky Manawata, me, and Cari Costanzo. Two Booker Prize winners, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and an MP from Kerala in that small group!

Kia ora e hoa! It's been a whirlwind at @AklWritersFest, where my daughter Matariki and I are co-curators Māori. Amazing being onstage for opening gala. I performed my Immortal Jellyfish piece alongside 2 @TheBookerPrizes winners, a Pulitzer winner, poet laureates, etc. Wow!

Great for us to be with @ShashiTharoor! A prolific author, electrifying speaker, Member of Parliament, and politician of conscience, while also being fabulous company (and seemingly immune to jet lag). Excited to hear him at the @AklWritersFest!

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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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