Abraham Verghese


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 research center exploring the art and science of human connection. He is the author of four 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 the recipient of the SVWC Writer in the World Prize and his new novel, THE COVENANT OF WATER, set during the 1940s in Glasgow and in India’s Kerala state, was released on May 4, 2023.



Abraham Verghese hasn’t published a book since his beloved international bestseller “Cutting for Stone” 13 years ago, which sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone. That makes his new novel, “The Covenant of Water,” one of the most anticipated books of 2023. A physician, writer, Stanford professor, and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Verghese is well-respected worldwide, as much for his writing as for his empathetic and innovative approach to medicine.



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