Atul Gawande is the author of four bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better; The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal. 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 Founder and Chair of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He is also chair of Haven, where he was CEO from 2018-2020. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.
National Book Awards Finalist
Atul Gawande Reading At The strand NYC
Author Atul Gawande reading and excerpt and discussing his book, Being Mortal at The Strand bookstore in New York.Share This
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 how 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.