Verghese to interview legendary internist Joaquin G. Cigarroa on stage


Remarkable internist Joaquin G. Cigarroa, Jr., M.D., will join Abraham Verghese, M.D., Marvin Forland Distinguished Professor in Medical Ethics, on April 4 for an on-stage conversation concerning internal medicine and the vital role of the internist. Dr. Cigarroa will share his insights from a long career in internal medicine, a specialty that continues to delight and challenge him.

The conversation will be informative, enlightening and inspirational to a wide audience. Physicians, health professionals, community members, teachers and students of all ages are encouraged to attend the conversation.

“The Arts in the Art of Medicine” is a series celebrating the call to service and the creative impulse. The conversation, led by Dr. Verghese, marks the first event in a series of unique on-stage conversations, exhibits and events designed to illuminate the creative side of medicine and to emphasize the importance of service and a calling to medicine.


The Health Science Center is proud to inaugurate the series with Dr. Cigarroa. In 1947 he graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed an internal medicine residency at Boston City Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He later returned to his hometown of Laredo, where he continued his medical service and raised 10 children, five of whom have chosen medical careers, including Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center.

Refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m. and the interview with Dr. Verghese and Dr. Cigarroa will begin at 7 p.m. in room 3.104A. A reception will follow the conversation.

Reservations are encouraged: (210) 567-9219 or

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