Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande
Aubrey Calo, Harvard School of Public Health
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Atul Gawande is the author of The Checklist Manifesto, Better, and Complications. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a staff writer at 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, Massachussets. 


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How NOT to Perform the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist

Atul Gawande and his team demonstrate how NOT to use the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist.

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How to Perform the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist

Atul Gawande and his team demonstrate how to properly use the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist.

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Better by Atul Gawande--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Atul Gawande's book The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist. We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies--neither seems to prevent grievous errors.

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Better by Atul Gawande--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Atul Gawande's national bestseller Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance. The struggle to perform well is universal: each of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives may be on the line with any decision.

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Complications by Atul Gawande--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to an audiobook excerpt from Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction. In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is—uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.

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Q & A

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.

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Being Mortal

Atul Gawande
Metropolitan Books

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process...


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Available 10/7/2014
The Checklist Manifesto

Atul Gawande
Picador

A New York Times Bestseller In latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how...


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Better

Atul Gawande
Picador

National Bestseller The struggle to perform well is universal: each of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But...


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Complications

Atul Gawande
Picador

In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel’s edge....


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