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The Checklist Manifesto

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Atul Gawande Fact Sheet

Atul Gawande, author of The Checklist Manifesto, Better, and Complications

Atul Gawande is the author of The Checklist Manifesto, Better and Complications. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts. Visit Atul Gawande's website at www.Gawande.com.

Where are you from?
Athens, Ohio

Who are your favorite writers?
There are many. But among them are: Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Anton Chekov. More presently, Philip Roth, John McPhee, Joan Didion

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Lives of a Cell, by Lewis Thomas

Which teacher had the biggest impact on your life?
Alan Montefiore, Balliol College, Oxford--who made me realize who insipid my thinking was.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Tennis, Indie bands, people

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
"Turn your wrist more." -- advice of a surgery professor

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?
How can one make time for both writing and medicine?

What is the answer?
I honestly don't know. I make time for surgery. And then I try to get a little something more done everyday.

Where do you write?
Wherever I can -- in my living room at night; in my office when a hole opens up in the patient schedule; on flights. Laptops are a wonderful thing.