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Indian-American physician gets National Humanities Medal by US President Obama

Abraham Verghese is a critically acclaimed, best-selling author and a physician

Washington, Sep 23 (UITV)- An Indian-American physician and author, Abraham Varghese, has been presented with the National Humanities Medal, America’s highest humanities award, by President Barack Obama.

He was presented with the medal for his contribution in the field of medicine along with several other recipients at the ceremony held at the White House.

Currently a professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, he has authored several acclaimed books including ‘My Own Country’ and ‘Cutting for Stone’.

“The 2015 National Humanities Medal to Abraham Verghese for reminding us that the patient is the center of the medical enterprise,” the citation of medal read.

Started in 1997, the National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy and other humanities subjects, according to the National Endowment for the Humanities website. As many as 12 medals are awarded each year.

“All of today’s honorees work in an age where the stories we tell and the technologies that we use to tell them are more diverse than ever before, and as diverse as the country that we love,” President Obama said on the occasion.

Verghese is known for his emphasis on empathy for patients in an era in which technology often overwhelms the human side of medicine, the Stanford University said in a statement.