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NYT Bestselling Author, "Cutting for Stone"; Senior Associate Chair, Stanford University School of Medicine

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 Abraham Verghese Biography

Before he finished medical school, Abraham Verghese spent a year on the other end of the medical pecking order, as a hospital orderly. Moving unseen through the wards, he saw the patients with new eyes, as human beings rather than collections of illnesses. The experience has informed his work as a doctor -- and as a writer. "Imagining the Patients Experience" was the motto of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, which he founded at the University of Texas San Antonio, where he brought a deep-seated empathy. Hes now a professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford, where his old-fashioned weekly rounds have inspired a new initiative, the Stanford 25, teaching 25 fundamental physical exam skills and their diagnostic benefits to interns.

Hes also a best-selling writer, with two memoirs and a recent novel, Cutting for Stone, a moving story of two Ethiopian brothers bound by medicine and betrayal.

He says: I still find the best way to understand a hospitalized patient is not by staring at the computer screen but by going to see the patient; it's only at the bedside that I can figure out what is important.

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Videos
Books
The Tennis Partner

The Tennis Partner

Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

My Own Country: A Doctor's Story

My Own Country: A Doctor's Story

Speaking Topics
  • A Doctor's Touch

    Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Technological advances in medicine have equipped us with powerful tests and data, but these can become a crutch; we neglect the complex person in front of us and instead treat the “iPatient" on the screen. In this talk, Dr. Verghese argues that it’s time to refocus on the doctor-patient relationship and its foundation in the physical exam. A careful physical reveals as much as a battery of expensive tests at a fraction of the cost while also building trust between the caregiver and the patient. It puts the patient at the center of care and allows the doctor to use her most powerful diagnostic tool: the human hand. It’s the ritual that grounds Dr. Verghese’s vision of humanistic medicine in the modern age: care grounded in caring and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship.

  • The Beating Heart of the Machine: Harnessing Technology to Deliver Humanistic Care

    Healthcare today is a scene of dramatic change: big data, new technologies, large-scale health reform, and creative models of healthcare delivery are transforming the way we care for patients. But in the setting of acute illness and chronic disease, one unchanging aspect of medicine emerges: the vulnerability and isolation of the person who is suffering. Here as elsewhere, the secret of care is in caring — in the meaningful relationships formed between individual caregivers and patients. How do we balance this timeless need for connection with the changing demands of technological and structural reform? How do we harness technology to aid rather than hinder a sacrosanct and necessary process? Dr. Verghese addresses this difficult balance and shows the path to a healthcare system which is both technologically sophisticated and deeply humanistic.

  • Bedside Medicine in a Technological Age

    In this presentation, Dr. Verghese reviews the history of bedside diagnosis beginning with the advent of percussion; describes the recent change in the digital age with less and less focus on the patient; and reviews the anthropological role of ritual and its importance in the examination of the patient.

  • The Pen and the Stethoscope: Connections Between Literature and Medicine

    In this presentation, Abraham relates Aristotelian story structure to medicine; connects elements of story — epiphany and metaphor — to medicine; and reflects on the nature of epiphanies in medicine.

  • on the nature of epiphanies in medicine. The Physician-Patient Relationship in the Genomic Era: Rituals and Reason

    In this presentation, Dr. Verghese traces the history and evolution of the bedside exam; emphasizes the ethnography of ritual in the bedside exam; and explains the concept of the “placebo-without-a-placebo” response.

News
  • Abraham Verghese: “It’s a great time for physician leaders to embrace design thinking”

    Next spring, the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Business here will team up to offer a new, one-week residential program for health-care executives. Called “The Innovative Health Care Leader: From Design Thinking to Personal Leadership...

  • Abraham Verghese: “It’s a great time for physician leaders to embrace design thinking”

    Next spring, the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Business here will team up to offer a new, one-week residential program for health-care executives. Called “The Innovative Health Care Leader: From Design Thinking to Personal Leadership...

  • U of M bringing in Abraham Verghese, Sherman Alexie

    First up is New York Times columnist Samuel G. Freedman, who will speak at noon Feb. 12 at Lind Hall 207A, 207 Church St. N.E. Freedman is a professor at Columbia University and the author of eight books, including "Dying Words," which explored the world of gay journalists during the time of AIDS.

  • U of M bringing in Abraham Verghese, Sherman Alexie

    First up is New York Times columnist Samuel G. Freedman, who will speak at noon Feb. 12 at Lind Hall 207A, 207 Church St. N.E. Freedman is a professor at Columbia University and the author of eight books, including "Dying Words," which explored the world of gay journalists during the time of AIDS.

  • Abraham Verghese, MD, awarded the National Humanities Medal

    Professor of medicine and writer Abraham Verghese was awarded the National Humanities Medal for the 2015 year at the White House on Sept. 22. Awarded annually to a maximum of 12 groups or individuals whose work has “deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities,” the Medal is regarded as one of the highest humanities accolades in the United States.

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Abraham Verghese

NYT Bestselling Author, "Cutting for Stone"; Senior Associate Chair, Stanford University School of Medicine

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Abraham Verghese Biography

Before he finished medical school, Abraham Verghese spent a year on the other end of the medical pecking order, as a hospital orderly. Moving unseen through the wards, he saw the patients with new eyes, as human beings rather than collections of illnesses. The experience has informed his work as a doctor -- and as a writer. "Imagining the Patients Experience" was the motto of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, which he founded at the University of Texas San Antonio, where he brought a deep-seated empathy. Hes now a professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford, where his old-fashioned weekly rounds have inspired a new initiative, the Stanford 25, teaching 25 fundamental physical exam skills and their diagnostic benefits to interns.

Hes also a best-selling writer, with two memoirs and a recent novel, Cutting for Stone, a moving story of two Ethiopian brothers bound by medicine and betrayal.

He says: I still find the best way to understand a hospitalized patient is not by staring at the computer screen but by going to see the patient; it's only at the bedside that I can figure out what is important.

Abraham Verghese Videos

  • Abraham Verghese - 19th Heinz Awards - Arts and Humanities
  • Abraham Verghese on Cutting For Stone
  • What's in Dr. Verghese's Lab Coat?

Abraham Verghese Books

Abraham Verghese Speaking Topics

  • A Doctor's Touch

    Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Technological advances in medicine have equipped us with powerful tests and data, but these can become a crutch; we neglect the complex person in front of us and instead treat the “iPatient" on the screen. In this talk, Dr. Verghese argues that it’s time to refocus on the doctor-patient relationship and its foundation in the physical exam. A careful physical reveals as much as a battery of expensive tests at a fraction of the cost while also building trust between the caregiver and the patient. It puts the patient at the center of care and allows the doctor to use her most powerful diagnostic tool: the human hand. It’s the ritual that grounds Dr. Verghese’s vision of humanistic medicine in the modern age: care grounded in caring and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship.

  • The Beating Heart of the Machine: Harnessing Technology to Deliver Humanistic Care

    Healthcare today is a scene of dramatic change: big data, new technologies, large-scale health reform, and creative models of healthcare delivery are transforming the way we care for patients. But in the setting of acute illness and chronic disease, one unchanging aspect of medicine emerges: the vulnerability and isolation of the person who is suffering. Here as elsewhere, the secret of care is in caring — in the meaningful relationships formed between individual caregivers and patients. How do we balance this timeless need for connection with the changing demands of technological and structural reform? How do we harness technology to aid rather than hinder a sacrosanct and necessary process? Dr. Verghese addresses this difficult balance and shows the path to a healthcare system which is both technologically sophisticated and deeply humanistic.

  • Bedside Medicine in a Technological Age

    In this presentation, Dr. Verghese reviews the history of bedside diagnosis beginning with the advent of percussion; describes the recent change in the digital age with less and less focus on the patient; and reviews the anthropological role of ritual and its importance in the examination of the patient.

  • The Pen and the Stethoscope: Connections Between Literature and Medicine

    In this presentation, Abraham relates Aristotelian story structure to medicine; connects elements of story — epiphany and metaphor — to medicine; and reflects on the nature of epiphanies in medicine.

  • on the nature of epiphanies in medicine. The Physician-Patient Relationship in the Genomic Era: Rituals and Reason

    In this presentation, Dr. Verghese traces the history and evolution of the bedside exam; emphasizes the ethnography of ritual in the bedside exam; and explains the concept of the “placebo-without-a-placebo” response.

FAQs on booking Abraham Verghese

  • How to book Abraham Verghese?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Abraham Verghese for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Abraham Verghese, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Abraham Verghese or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Abraham Verghese?

    Booking fees for Abraham Verghese, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Abraham Verghese, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Abraham Verghese?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Abraham Verghese for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Abraham Verghese for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Abraham Verghese or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Abraham Verghese or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Abraham Verghese is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Abraham Verghese for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Abraham Verghese generally travels from CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ben Goldacre, Matt Ridley, Josette Sheeran, Paul Zak and Paul Bloom. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Abraham Verghese for an upcoming event.

Abraham Verghese Speaker Videos

  • Abraham Verghese - 19th Heinz Awards - Arts and Humanities
    Abraham Verghese on Cutting For Stone
  • What's in Dr. Verghese's Lab Coat?
    Examination of the Hand using Google Glass with Dr. Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese Speaking Topics

  • A Doctor's Touch

    Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Technological advances in medicine have equipped us with powerful tests and data, but these can become a crutch; we neglect the complex person in front of us and instead treat the “iPatient" on the screen. In this talk, Dr. Verghese argues that it’s time to refocus on the doctor-patient relationship and its foundation in the physical exam. A careful physical reveals as much as a battery of expensive tests at a fraction of the cost while also building trust between the caregiver and the patient. It puts the patient at the center of care and allows the doctor to use her most powerful diagnostic tool: the human hand. It’s the ritual that grounds Dr. Verghese’s vision of humanistic medicine in the modern age: care grounded in caring and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship.

  • The Beating Heart of the Machine: Harnessing Technology to Deliver Humanistic Care

    Healthcare today is a scene of dramatic change: big data, new technologies, large-scale health reform, and creative models of healthcare delivery are transforming the way we care for patients. But in the setting of acute illness and chronic disease, one unchanging aspect of medicine emerges: the vulnerability and isolation of the person who is suffering. Here as elsewhere, the secret of care is in caring — in the meaningful relationships formed between individual caregivers and patients. How do we balance this timeless need for connection with the changing demands of technological and structural reform? How do we harness technology to aid rather than hinder a sacrosanct and necessary process? Dr. Verghese addresses this difficult balance and shows the path to a healthcare system which is both technologically sophisticated and deeply humanistic.

  • Bedside Medicine in a Technological Age

    In this presentation, Dr. Verghese reviews the history of bedside diagnosis beginning with the advent of percussion; describes the recent change in the digital age with less and less focus on the patient; and reviews the anthropological role of ritual and its importance in the examination of the patient.

  • The Pen and the Stethoscope: Connections Between Literature and Medicine

    In this presentation, Abraham relates Aristotelian story structure to medicine; connects elements of story — epiphany and metaphor — to medicine; and reflects on the nature of epiphanies in medicine.

  • on the nature of epiphanies in medicine. The Physician-Patient Relationship in the Genomic Era: Rituals and Reason

    In this presentation, Dr. Verghese traces the history and evolution of the bedside exam; emphasizes the ethnography of ritual in the bedside exam; and explains the concept of the “placebo-without-a-placebo” response.

Abraham Verghese News

  • Abraham Verghese: “It’s a great time for physician leaders to embrace design thinking”

    Next spring, the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Business here will team up to offer a new, one-week residential program for health-care executives. Called “The Innovative Health Care Leader: From Design Thinking to Personal Leadership...

  • Abraham Verghese: “It’s a great time for physician leaders to embrace design thinking”

    Next spring, the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Business here will team up to offer a new, one-week residential program for health-care executives. Called “The Innovative Health Care Leader: From Design Thinking to Personal Leadership...

  • U of M bringing in Abraham Verghese, Sherman Alexie

    First up is New York Times columnist Samuel G. Freedman, who will speak at noon Feb. 12 at Lind Hall 207A, 207 Church St. N.E. Freedman is a professor at Columbia University and the author of eight books, including "Dying Words," which explored the world of gay journalists during the time of AIDS.

  • U of M bringing in Abraham Verghese, Sherman Alexie

    First up is New York Times columnist Samuel G. Freedman, who will speak at noon Feb. 12 at Lind Hall 207A, 207 Church St. N.E. Freedman is a professor at Columbia University and the author of eight books, including "Dying Words," which explored the world of gay journalists during the time of AIDS.

  • Abraham Verghese, MD, awarded the National Humanities Medal

    Professor of medicine and writer Abraham Verghese was awarded the National Humanities Medal for the 2015 year at the White House on Sept. 22. Awarded annually to a maximum of 12 groups or individuals whose work has “deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities,” the Medal is regarded as one of the highest humanities accolades in the United States.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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