Abraham Verghese is Professor and Senior Associate Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, where he is now an adjunct professor. He is the author of""My Own Country," " a 1994 NBCC Finalist and a" Time" Best Book of the Year, and""The Tennis Partner," " a" New York Times" Notable Book. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has published essays and short stories that have appeared in "The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, The Wall Street Journal, " and elsewhere. He lives in Palo Alto, California.