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Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande Tim Llewellyn

National Book Awards Finalist

Atul Gawande is author of three bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by Amazon.com as one of the ten best books of 2007; and The Checklist Manifesto. His latest book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is also a surgeon 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 has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.

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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.

  • How NOT to Perform the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist

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

  • 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.

  • 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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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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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

Being Mortal

Atul Gawande; Introduction read by the author, read by Robert Petkoff

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 of its ending Medicine has...

Available 10/07/2014Pre-Order

The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklistWe live in a world of great and increasing...

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Better

Atul Gawande

The New York Times bestselling author of Complications examines, in riveting accounts of medical failure and triumph, how success is achieved in a complex and risk-filled...

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Complications

Atul Gawande

A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicine.Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going...

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