Abraham Verghese MD is the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. His training is in infectious diseases and pulmonary medicine. At Stanford, in addition to seeing inpatients and teaching medical students, he runs PRESENCE, a multidisciplinary project that studies the human experience of patients, physicians and caregivers. He is also a writer; his last book, Cutting for Stone, was an international bestseller. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, the New York Times and elsewhere. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal at the White House from former President Obama.