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Abraham C. Verghese, MD, MFA, MACP, DSc   Download vCard
Professor of Medicine, Stanford University, Senior Associate Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine and Stanford Health Policy Associate

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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.




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The human touch in medicine
Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are data points, and calls for a return to the traditional physical exam.
March 16, 2013 in WWNO

Rosamond Gifford speaker Abraham Verghese mixes medicine with writing
“My real calling to medicine came because of a book,” said Verghese, an internist, novelist and memoirist at this season’s final Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series in Syracuse Monday evening.
May 8, 2012 in

Stanford Medicine magazine's best of 2011 now on Amazon
We’ve gathered our favorite 11 stories from 2011 in our first eBook anthology, debuting today on Amazon ...
March 2, 2012 in Scope (blog)

Abraham Verghese's "Cutting for Stone:" Two years as a New York Times best seller
The Stanford professor of medicine spent eight years writing the novel which begins in Ethiopia during the waning days of Emperor Haile Selassie’s regime and ends, climactically, in a gritty urban hospital in New York City.
February 5, 2012 in Scope (blog)

Abraham Verghese, author of 'Cutting for Stone,' describes his writing life
Abraham Verghese: "The hours in the day have never felt as if they belonged to me. The greatest number has belonged to my day job as a physician and professor of medicine [...] Indeed, when I am asked for writing advice, which is rare, I offer this: ..."
December 9, 2011 in Washington Post

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