Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, surgeon, writer and public health researcher joined Michael Peterson for a conversation about how healthcare delivery reform can help reduce costs and improve quality of care.
This interview with Atul Gawande, MD, MPH was conducted by Michael A. Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, as part of the 2017 Fiscal Summit.
Executive Director, Ariadne Labs
With four best-selling books — including Complications; Better; The Checklist Manifesto; and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End — Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is an accomplished surgeon, writer, and public health researcher who inspires clinicians, patients, families, and policy makers to re-examine their understanding of medicine.
Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the founder and executive director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at BWH and HSPH dedicated to reducing suffering worldwide through scalable solutions that drive better care at the most critical moments in people’s lives. Gawande is also the chair of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization focused on making surgery safer globally.
A staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998, Gawande is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science. He serves on the board of directors of the New America Foundation.