Physician-writer Abraham Verghese is a professor at Stanford University, where he is vice-chair in the department of medicine and director of PRESENCE, a new research center exploring the art and science of human connection. He is the author of three books, including his debut novel Cutting for Stone, which spent over two years on The New York Times bestseller list and was named by Amazon one of its “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.” In 2011, Verghese was elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, and in 2016, President Obama honored him with a National Humanities Medal. He is currently at work on his second novel, set during the 1940s in India’s Kerala state.
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