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Abraham Verghese is a highly accomplished Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the prestigious Stanford University School of Medicine. He has also served as the founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Verghese is a critically acclaimed author, having written several books including My Own Country, which was a 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a Time Best Book of the Year; The Tennis Partner, a New York Times Notable Book; and his most recent novel, Cutting for Stone, which became a national bestseller.

Verghese is an Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate. His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, and The Wall Street Journal. In recognition of his impressive contributions to literature and medicine, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2016. Currently residing in Palo Alto, California, Verghese continues to inspire readers with his thought-provoking works.

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