Dr. Atul Gawande
Practicing surgeon, accomplished writer, teacher and speaker.
As a practicing surgeon and an accomplished writer, teacher and speaker, Dr. Atul Gawande offers audiences a unique perspective on the practice of medicine, the reform of healthcare, and the human struggle to do better, to improve performance.
Chosen for The 2010 TIME 100, Dr. Atul Gawande is number five in the thinkers category.
He received the MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the "genius prize," for his writing and his efforts to improve surgical practice.
Dr. Atul Gawande is one of the most influential voices on healthcare reform in America today. With the sensible and pragmatic approach of a surgeon, he encourages incremental reforms that build on the strengths and limitations of our current system. He also speaks on how to improve care and lower costs.
Dr. Atul Gawande is the author of three brilliant bestselling books on medicine, culture and human experience. In his book, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, Dr. Atul Gawande uses the high stakes challenges he faces as a surgeon to explore the universal struggle to perform well—what it takes to excel in any area of human endeavor.
His first book, Complications, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002 and is published in more than a hundred countries.
Dr. Atul Gawande’s current book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right is a New York Times bestseller. In this book, Dr. Atul Gawande explores the importance of using the lowly checklist and how it has revolutionized medical practice and saved lives.
Dr. Atul Gawande holds distinguished positions in all of his professional roles. He is the Research Director for the BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health, a practicing surgeon, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.
He leads the World Health Organization’s global campaign to reduce avoidable deaths and complications in surgery and to reduce deaths at child delivery.
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