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Think Forum: Abraham Verghese (2016)

In support of the "Think Forum Lecture Series", the library offers a selection of resources accessible in this "Research Guide".


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The Kelvin Smith Library provides the campus community with access to world-class research collections, technology-equipped classrooms and meeting spaces, state-of-the-art digital resources and even a café.  In support of the Think Forum speaker series, the library offers a selection of resources accessible in this “Research Guide.”

This guide was created for the Think Forum secture series, the F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture by Abraham Verghese on Monday, April 18, 2016. The topic being explored by Dr. Verghese is “Delivering Humanistic Care in the Era of Lean."

This Kelvin Smith Library Research Guide offers a variety of information below, plus more on these additional pages:


Dr. Abraham Verghese is a physician, writer and educator. He is the 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.  Dr. Verghese has an international reputation for his penetrating visions on patient-physician relationship "in an era where technology often overwhelms the human side of medicine."

He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1955,  to Indian parents who were recruited to teach there. He briefly joined his parents, who moved to the United States, and worked as a hospital orderly. He then completed his medical education at Madras Medical College in India, and served his medical residencies in Johnson City, Tennessee from 1980 to 1983. He finished his fellowship training at Boston University School of Medicine, and worked at Boston City Hospital, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in El Paso (Texas), and the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio before he joined the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2007.

Prompted by his interest in writing, Dr. Vergehese took some time away from his medical career and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1991 from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in the University of Iowa. He has written for many major newspapers and magazines, and published several best-selling books including "The Tennis Partner" and "Cutting for Stone."

Dr. Vergenese realized the subtle difference between healing and curing in his early medical career when he was caring for young AIDS patients. At the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, he founded the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, and promoted “Imagining the Patient’s Experience” as the Center's mission. Dr. Vergenese continues emphasizing "the importance of bedside medicine and physical examination in an era of advanced medical technology." He leads the The Stanford Medicine 25 Team, which teaches the bedside physical exam and promote the culture of bedside medicine.

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