Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes Abraham Verghese, MD, physician, educator, and bestselling author, for a conversation about literature, medicine, and his latest book “The Covenant of Water.” They explore the family history and medical mystery at the heart of the critically acclaimed novel, along with the synergies of writing and medicine. They also discuss the books that inspired Verghese’s career, how he found his artistic voice, and what it’s like when your creation receives enthusiastic support from Oprah Winfrey.
Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP, is Professor and Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is also an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling novels “Cutting for Stone” and “The Covenant of Water.” A passionate advocate of the medical humanities and an ardent supporter of bedside medicine, Verghese is founder and director of the PRESENCE center at Stanford and leader of the school’s Beside Medicine Program, which includes Stanford 25, an innovative program focused on teaching advanced physical exam skills. For his contributions to the arts, Verghese received the Heinz Award in 2014; and in 2015, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal, presented by President Barack Obama. Verghese is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his outstanding work and exceptional promise.