Atul A. Gawande, MD, MPH

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Atul Gawande MD, MPH, is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs and also a surgeon, professor, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Atul is also chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit reducing deaths in surgery globally. A highly influential writer, Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002; Better, selected as one of the 10 best books of 2007 by Amazon.com; The Checklist Manifesto, and his most recent, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is also author of more than 100 scientific publications in medicine. Atul has received numerous awards including: two National Magazine Awards, Academy Health’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Genius Award, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing and science.

In 2012 Dr. Gawande launched Ariadne Labs as a joint innovation center of two world-class institutions—Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ariadne Labs is dedicated to discovery and innovation of simple, scalable solutions that results in better care at the most critical moments in people’s lives everywhere.

At Ariadne teams of distinguished physicians, scientists, and public health researchers are designing simple, powerful tools for childbirth, surgery, and serious illness that are being spread around the world to reach tens of millions of people. Ariadne Labs has a unique model of research, program development and global implementation. The Labs’ doctors and researchers collaborate with Ariadne’s specialized centers of expertise—platforms that include experts in the fields of informatics, statistics, research implementation, monitoring and evaluation, quality improvement, and program management—to support research objectives. In collaboration with partners around the country and across the globe, Ariadne’s teams have produced important research and innovation that are improving outcomes in core priority areas—surgery, childbirth, and serious illness—as well as advancing a pipeline of projects to explore new areas where scalable solutions can enable better systems of care. At Ariadne ”better care” means better health outcomes, lower costs, less suffering and more actual caring for people. “Everywhere” means their work aims to reach and help people of all ages from low-income counties and countries to wealthy communities and nations, to all places in between and around the globe.