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Author Abraham Verghese, surgeon Patricia Numann speak at Upstate's medical school graduation


Patricia Numann MD and Abraham Verghese MD are graduation speakers.

Upstate's commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 20 feature two speakers for the College of Medicine: pioneering surgeon Patricia Numann MD and "Cutting for Stone" author Abraham Verghese MD.


Numann is president of the American College of Surgeons and has been named to the International Women in Medicine Hall of Fame. She is Upstate Medical University‘s Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery Emeritus, a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, and a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. Numann was Upstate University Hospital's first female surgery intern and the Central New York region's first female surgeon.


Verghese, who spoke in Syracuse May 7 as part of the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series, has combined a career as a doctor, professor and author. He was founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Today he is Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. Before "Cutting for Stone," he wrote "The Tennis Partner" and "My Own Country."

The College of Medicine will confer 160 degrees and one certificate in a ceremony at 9 a.m. at the John Mulroy Civic Center's Crouse Hinds Theater. The College of Graduate Studies will award 39 degrees in a ceremony at noon in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The College of Nursing will award 125 degrees and 17 certificates in a ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Crouse Hinds Theater. The College of Health Professions will award 188 degrees in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in the Crouse Hinds Theater.

Learn about Patricia Numann's "career of firsts."

Health Link on Air radio interview with Abraham Verghese.

The Post-Standard profile of Abraham Verghese.