Atul Gawande, MD
Surgeon / Writer
Brigham and Women’s Hospital / The New Yorker
Atul Gawande, MD, is a surgeon, writer and public health leader. For many years Gawande’s storytelling and bold visions for improving performance have made him one of the country’s most sought-after speakers.
Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
Gawande is founder and chairman of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ariadne Labs had been a leader in the effort to drive the improvement of care on a global scale. Its mission is to create simple, practical solutions for delivering better care at the most critical moments in people’s lives everywhere. The center saves lives and reduces suffering by improving the performance of health systems through design, systems engineering, and implementation science.
He is also the chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally, and chairman of Haven, a not-for-profit healthcare initiative formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase. Gawande was CEO of Haven from 2018 to 2020. His focus is on incubating new models of care demonstrated to improve outcomes, satisfaction and cost-efficiency for their one-million-plus employees and dependents.
As a writer, Gawande is broadly known for his eloquence, depth of thought and research, and broad influence. Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and written four New York Times best-selling books: Complications (2002), Better (2007), The Checklist Manifesto (2009) and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (2014). He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.