Atul Gawande*, MD, MPH

by Jasmine Batchelor

December 1, 2017

Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School; Executive Director, Ariadne Labs; Renowned Surgeon and Researcher; Author, Being Mortal and The Checklist Manifesto

Atul Gawande’s bold visions for improving performance have made him one of the most sought-after speakers in medicine. He sees through the complexities of healthcare to the needs of real people, the values that make for a healthy society, the science and technologies waiting over the horizon, and how to reform systems to make it all work. His innovations in medical practice have saved countless lives worldwide.

Atul is a surgeon, New Yorker staff writer and the author of four books, including most recently Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Atul Gawande is a powerful storyteller who never fails to connect with his audience.

Innovation. Dr. Atul Gawande is an internationally recognized innovator with a deep grasp of how systems work—or don’t. His writing, research, and breakthroughs in medical practice have brought dramatic improvements. Gawande identifies often simple innovations that can have great impact at large scale, such as a checklist for surgery that cut the death rate a staggering 50% across the world; and a program that has brought coaches from the sports fields into medicine and beyond.

Healthcare reform. With his first-hand feel for the realities of providing care and his commitment to making sure that, in both policy and practice, we remember that human lives are at stake, Atul’s ideas have transformed the national discussion of these issues. His proposals for creating teams of co-operating specialists and for improving healthcare with practices from other complex industries are transforming our healthcare system.

Esteemed author. As a writer, Dr. Gawande is broadly known for his eloquence, depth of thought and research, and broad influence. He has twice won the National Magazine Award, been a #1 NYT bestseller, and is a recipient of the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science. He is the author of four books, including Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, and The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. In his most recent book, Being Mortal, he offers new models for assisting the aged and the seriously ill and for living a good life — all the way to the very end.

Credentials. Atul Gawande is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit making surgery safer globally. TIME magazine placed Atul among the world’s 100 most influential thinkers. He is a MacArthur Fellowship winner, and recipient of Academy- Health’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care.

* Dr. Gawande is not receiving any personal reward for speaking at this event.