Getting to know Surgeon-Writer Atul Gawande


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Atul Gawande

Peter Kuperman was a Benjamin Franklin scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he pursued finance and computer science. During his free time, Peter Kuperman enjoys reading several nonfiction authors, but no one has moved him as much as Atul Gawande.

Atul Gawande is equal parts surgeon and writer. By day, he is a surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor of surgery and health policy at Harvard University. By night, he is a public health journalist who has been writing for The New Yorker since 1998.

Gawande’s work as a doctor extends beyond surgery. He is the executive director of health systems innovation center Ariadne Labs. He is also the chairman of the nonprofit organization Lifebox which works to make surgery safer worldwide.

As a writer, Gawande has won writing awards, including the prestigious Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. He currently has three best-selling books to his credit: Complications, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, and The Checklist Manifesto. His latest book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is currently out in the market.