Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health. And he is also co-founder and chairman of Lifebox, an international not-for-profit implementing systems and technologies to reduce surgical deaths globally.
He has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 1998. He has written three bestselling books: Complications, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002; Better, which was selected as one of the ten best books of 2007 by Amazon.com; and The Checklist Manifesto. He has won two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care, a MacArthur Fellowship, and he has been named one of the world’s hundred most influential thinkers by Foreign Policy and TIME.