20 Facts About Atul Gawande


Atul Atmaram Gawande was born on November 5,1965 and is an American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher.


On June 20,2018, Gawande was named the CEO of healthcare venture Haven, owned by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase and stepped down as CEO in May 2020, remaining as executive chairman while the organization sought a new CEO.


Atul Gawande has written extensively on medicine and public health for The New Yorker and Slate, and is the author of the books Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science; Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance; The Checklist Manifesto; and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.


Atul Gawande was born on November 5,1965, in Brooklyn, New York, to Marathi Indian immigrants to the United States, both doctors.


Atul Gawande earned a bachelor's degree in biology and political science from Stanford University in 1987.


Atul Gawande graduated with a Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School in 1995, and earned a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1999.


Atul Gawande completed his general surgical residency training, again at Harvard, at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, in 2003.

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Atul Gawande worked as a health-care researcher for Representative Jim Cooper, who was author of a "managed competition" health care proposal for the Conservative Democratic Forum.


Atul Gawande later became a senior advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services after Clinton's first inauguration.


Atul Gawande directed one of the three committees of the Clinton administration's Task Force on National Health Care Reform, supervising 75 people and defined the benefits packages for Americans and subsidies and requirements for employers.


Atul Gawande led the "Safe surgery saves lives checklist" initiative of the World Health Organization, which saw around 200 medical societies and health ministries collaborating to produce a checklist, which was published in 2008, to be used in operating theaters.


Several articles by Atul Gawande were published in The New Yorker, and he was made a staff writer for that publication in 1998.


Atul Gawande returned the check and was sent a new check for $40,000.


Atul Gawande donated the $40,000 to the Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health, where he had been a resident.


Atul Gawande published his first book, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, containing revised versions of 14 of his articles for Slate and The New Yorker, in 2002.


Atul Gawande offers examples in the book of people who have embodied these virtues.


Atul Gawande released his third book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, in 2009.


Atul Gawande stepped down from the position in May 2020, remaining as executive chairman while the organization sought a new CEO.


In 2004, Atul Gawande was selected as one of the "20 Most Influential South Asians" by Newsweek.


Atul Gawande was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2012.