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Indian-American physician among the recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medal

Indian-American physician and author Abraham Verghese

Washington, Sep 16 (UITV)- Indian-American physician and author, Abraham Verghese was named by President Barack Obama as one of the recipients of the prestigious 2015 National Humanities Medal, the National Endowment for the Humanities said in an announcement.

Verghese is among 12 recipients of the honor, which include authors, a poet, historian, physician, chef and a higher education program, and will be awarded the medal by the president at the White House on September 22.

According to National Endowment for the Humanities, Verghese was selected “for reminding us that the patient is the centre of the medical enterprise. His range of proficiency embodies the diversity of the humanities; from his effort to emphasize empathy in medicine, to his imaginative renderings of the human drama.”

“I am humbled and excited by this honor,” said Verghese, who is a physician and professor at the Stanford School of Medicine and author of several books, including “My Own Country” and “Cutting for Stone.” He completed his education at the Madras Medical College.

“I felt strongly then and now that what I was writing about, and my interest in the human experience of being ill or caring for the ill, was as much a part of medicine as knowledge of the function of the pancreas, for example,” said Verghese, who is also a vice chair of Stanford’s Department of Medicine.