Atul Gawande is a renowned surgeon, writer and public health leader.
He was a practicing general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
In 2022 he became Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID. From 2018-2020, he was CEO of Haven, the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase healthcare venture.
In addition to being a staff writer for The New Yorker, he has written four New York Times best selling books:
Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifest and Being Mortal.
Being Mortal shows how medicine has truly transformed the dangers of disease to being manageable. However, this books talks about, when it comes to aging and death, medicine can often run counter to what it should do.
Being Mortal is a must read for everyone, especially those that are engaging with End-of-Life discussions that deal with options, wishes and priorities.