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The Arts in the Art of Medicine

‘Arts in the Art of Medicine’ series initiated at Health Science Center

May 2005

Abraham Verghese, M.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), the Marvin Forland, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Medical Ethics and director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, interviewed legendary South Texas internist Joaquin G. Cigarroa Jr., M.D., April 4 on campus. The event drew a standing-room-only crowd of approximately 400. The conversation marked the beginning of an exciting new series called "The Arts in the Art of Medicine." The series of on-stage conversations, exhibits and events are designed to illuminate the creative side of medicine and emphasize the importance of service and a call to medicine.

The Health Science Center was proud to feature Dr. Joaquin Cigarroa as the inaugural speaker. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1947 and later returned to his hometown of Laredo. 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.

  Dr. Verghese interviews Dr. Joaquin Cigarroa
Dr. Verghese interviews Dr. Joaquin Cigarroa during the "Arts in the Art of Medicine" event.

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