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Recently I had the opportunity to travel to California and participate in Stanford University’s Medical and Graduate Business Schools Program – ‘The Innovative Healthcare Leader…from Design Thinking to Personal Leadership.’ An insightful week of collaboration and shared learnings with health care leaders from all over the world.

While there I had the pleasure to meet with Abraham Verghese, a truly wise doctor and inspirational man. I feel truly fortunate to have been able to spend so much time gaining insights from his experiences as a professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford, and also the author of several New York Times best selling books including ‘Cutting for Stone’ and ‘The Tennis Partner.’

Perhaps more than anything connecting with a brilliant colleague across the world who has helped to rekindle a passion and purpose for humane healthcare. Putting the person at the centre of healthcare and valuing our uniqueness as individuals over less personal investigation orientated approaches to care. Reminding us as medical professionals about the power of informed observation, empathy and the role of the doctor as healer and trusted confidante rather than simply the ‘test and treat’, ‘prescribe and promise’ approach.

‘Art and medicine may seem disparate worlds, but Dr. Verghese insists that for him they are one. Doctors and writers are both collectors of stories.’ -click here to view article – New York Times

His TED talk – ‘A doctor’s touch’ is well worth a watch here https://www.ted.com/talks/abraham_verghese_a_doctor_s_touch