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Atul Gawande is a surgical resident in Boston and staff writer on medicine and science for The New Yorker. A former Rhodes scholar, he received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts. (Publisher Fact Sheets) Atul Gawande is a surgeon show more at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also the Executive Director of Ariadne Labs and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He has written several books including Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science and two National Magazine Awards. He will be appearing at the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival in New Zealand. He won the prize for Adult Non-fiction in the Indies Choice Book Awards 2015 with Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Atul Gawande

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The Best American Essays 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 314 copies
The Best American Essays 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 290 copies
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 290 copies
The Best American Science Writing 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 237 copies
The Best American Essays 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 222 copies
The Best American Science Writing 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 191 copies
The Best American Science Writing 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 166 copies
The Best American Science Writing 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 165 copies
The Best American Science Writing 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 153 copies
The Best American Science Writing 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 146 copies
The Best American Science Writing 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 115 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 36 copies
The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 28 copies


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Canonical name
Gawande, Atul
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Places of residence
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Athens, Ohio, USA
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Stanford University
Harvard Medical School (M.D.)
Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Oxford University (Balliol College, P.P.E.)
Federal bureaucrat
political advisor
Harvard University
Awards and honors
MacArthur Fellowship (2006)
Rhodes Scholar
Newsweek Magazine's 20 Most Influential South Asians
Tina Bennett
Short biography
Atul Gawande was born in Brooklyn. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Stanford University. As a Rhodes Scholar, he spent a year at Oxford University. After two years at Harvard Medical School he left to become Bill Clinton's health care lieutenant during the 1992 campaign, and became a senior adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services after President Clinton's inauguration. He returned to medical school and earned his M.D in 1994, as well as an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation. 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 also a staff writer on medicine and science for the New Yorker.



Tempted to give this 5 stars. Very well written, clear & important.
Abcdarian | 131 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
An excellent look at the end of life in its many forms, focused on old age but including terminal illness at all ages. Hospice and palliative care are so important but they are often put off in hopes of finding a cure for what may not have one. I think this would have been better with some mention of the disparities between care offered to those in different socioeconomic classes. This was still very good though, especially with the focus on accepting our own mortality.
KallieGrace | 281 other reviews | May 8, 2024 |
Great history of the checklist as well as importance of and how to best utilize checklists. Don't look for a checklist to follow to implement them though, this is purely informational with a few guidelines laid out by an aircraft checklist specialist that one can use as guidance. Still, the stories were fascinating and the research gathered by Gawande very pertinent, thorough, and entertaining.
teejayhanton | 131 other reviews | Mar 22, 2024 |
This book should be required reading for anyone with aging parents. Who am I kidding? Everyone needs to read this because all of us will face these decisions someday for ourselves or for someone we love.

The book talks about death with dignity. What makes life worth living when your body is at the edge of failure? How much medicine is too much? How can we do the right thing to make care for the elderly better in assisted living homes?

I read this book a week after my Mother passed away. I feel comforted by the book because it supports the decisions that were made at the very end of her life but it makes me feel terrible about my own lack of interest in her life while she was living in assisted living.

Very readable despite the subject matter.
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hmonkeyreads | 281 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |



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