Indian-American physician-author Abraham Verghese, 61, whose work has emphasized empathy in medicine, has been selected for the prestigious 2015 National Humanities Medal, the White House has announced.
US President Barack Obama conferred the honour upon Verghese, along with 11 others, and the recipients of 2015 National Medal of Arts at a ceremony held at the White House on 21st September, 2016 .
“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.
Abraham Verghese is a physician-author, Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. Throughout his career, he has worked empathically in medicine. He has authored several acclaimed books, including the bestselling novels - “My Own Country” and “Cutting for Stone”. In 2011, he was elected to be a member of the Institute of Medicine.
The National Humanities Medal, inaugurated in 1997 is bestowed upon individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history, languages, philosophy, literature and other humanities subjects. As many as 12 medals are awarded each year.