Introduced in 2005 as the Distinguished Lecture Series, this annual event engages the Greater Cleveland community in discourse on important topics of our time. In 2010, the event was named in honor of Francis Joseph Callahan Jr., local business leader, philanthropist and chairman emeritus of Swagelok, a leading fluid system manufacturer headquartered in Solon, Ohio.
Each year, a representative faculty committee recommends speakers for the series.
Previous speakers include noted Harvard University psychologist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond, Kay Redfield Jamison, an international authority on mood disorders and New York Times best-selling authors Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband.
This year's F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecuturer is Abraham Verghese. The lecture will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 6PM as part of the Think Forum series.
Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP, is a critically acclaimed, best-selling author and a physician with an international reputation for his focus on healing in an era where technology often overwhelms the human side of medicine. In February 2014, he received a Heinz Award from Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation. The awards given annually celebrate the enduring spirit of hope and the power of innovation.
Dr. Verghese's work as a physician informs his writing and the reflection that comes through that writing helps him empathize with his patients, and to see them individually, as human beings in need not only of treatment, but of comfort and reassurance.
Abraham is Professor and Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the School of Medicine at Stanford University.