An infectious disease
physician and a writer, Abraham Verghese is Senior Associate Chair, and
Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine in the Department of Medicine
at Stanford University.
His first novel, Cutting for Stone, was published by
Knopf in 2009 and the paperback edition followed in 2010 receiving the Indies
Choice book award for Adult Fiction from the American Booksellers Association
later that year.
His first book, My Own Country, a memoir about
AIDS in rural Tennessee, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle
Award and made into a movie. His second book, The Tennis Partner, was
a New York Times notable book and a national bestseller. He
has published extensively in the medical literature, and his writing has
appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine,
The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and elsewhere.
Abraham Verghese is a strong advocate for the value of bedside
skills and physical diagnosis, skills he sees as waning in an era of
increasingly sophisticated medical technology, where the ‘i-patient' in the
computer increasingly diverts physicians' attention from the real patient in
the hospital bed. At Stanford, he was instrumental in development of the "The
Stanford 25" initiative, which is designed to showcase and teach 25 fundamental
physical exam skills and their diagnostic benefits to interns.
Dr. Verghese earned his medical degree at the University of
Madras, did his residency atEast Tennessee State University, College of
Medicine, and completed his Fellowship in Infectious Disease at Boston
University School of Medicine. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts
degree at the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa during a two-year
sabbatical from his medical work.