Atul Gawande (b. 1965)

American surgeon, teacher, and essayist. Born in Brooklyn to Indian immigrant parents, Gawande grew up in Athens, Ohio. He earned his B.A. at Stanford University, studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and after a stint advising President Bill Clinton about health-care policy, graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1995. In addition to scholarly studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, his articles about health care and the medical profession have appeared frequently in Slate and the New Yorker. Gawande’s first book, Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science (2002), and his second, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance (2007), were both widely praised for the elegance and clarity with which they illuminated a complex, technical subject for a general readership. His most recent book is The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (2009). See also gawande.com.