Atul Gawande

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Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs. He is also a surgeon, professor, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Atul is also Chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit reducing surgical deaths globally.

An influential writer, Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestselling books: Complications, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002; Better, which was selected as one of the 10 best books of 2007 by Amazon.com; The Checklist Manifesto in 2009, and Being Mortal in 2014. He has received numerous awards including two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Genius Award, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing and science.

Atul earned a BAS from Stanford University, an MA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Balliol College at Oxford University, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.