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Abraham Verghese graduated from Madras Medical College in 1979, completed his residency in internal medicine at East Tennessee State University, and his fellowship in infectious diseases at Boston University. He obtained an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1991.
He came to Texas Tech, El Paso, in 1991 as a professor of medicine and chief of infectious diseases. He is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, pulmonary medicine and geriatrics. In 2000 he was appointed Grover E Murray Distinguished Professor of Medicine. He has received the President's medal for teaching from Texas Tech University, many student teaching awards, the Nicholas Davies Award from the American College of Physicians, and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Swarthmore College.
He has published extensively in the area of pneumonia, infections in the elderly, HIV infection and on topics related to medical humanities. He has been the commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins, Loyola University, Medical College of Georgia, the University of Connecticut, Northwestern University and UT San Antonio.
Dr. Verghese is the author of My Own Country: A Doctor's Story, a book that was nominated for the National Book Critic's Circle Award and was made into a television movie for Showtime. That book is now being taught at many medical schools across the country. His second book is The Tennis Partner: A Doctor's Story of Friendship and Loss, which was also a national bestseller and is being made into a movie. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Granta, TALK, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic Monthly.
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