Abraham Verghese is a Professor of Medicine and the Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Stanford University. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times and many other venues. He has written three books, most recently the novel Cutting for Stone, which was just published by Knopf. His web site is Abrahamverghese.com.

Digitizing medical records may be a cornerstone of the Obama health-care plan but Abraham Verghese argues it misses a far greater problem: the shortage of primary-care physicians.