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October 2007 Issue

Abraham Verghese, MD
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Medical Humanities Expert Headlines Hutton Lectureship

By Jill Hafner
Published October 2007

A nationally recognized authority on medical humanities and ethics, will deliver UC’s 2007 Hutton Lectureship in Ethics.

Abraham Verghese, MD, will discuss “The Pen and the Stethoscope—How Literature Informs Medicine,” at noon Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Kresge Auditorium.

Verghese is a Marvin Forland Distinguished Professor in Medical Ethics and Joaquin Cigarroa Jr., MD, Chair at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He also directs the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, which helps students to “reach their full potential as physicians through self-discovery.”

Verghese is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and infectious diseases. He completed his internal medicine residency at East Tennessee State University and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Boston University. From 1991 to 2002, he was a professor of medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

A noted writer, Verghese has authored two national bestselling books, “The Tennis Partner,” and “My Own Country,” which was later made into a movie. He also is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Texas Monthly.

UC’s Hutton Lectureship in Ethics, now in its fourth year, is an annual, endowed lectureship named in honor of John Hutton, MD, former dean of the UC College of Medicine.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. For more information, call (513) 558-0905, e-mail or visit

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