2010 Washburn Award Recipient

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH

Surgeon, professor, author, New Yorker staff writer

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana Carber Cancer Institute and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

His research concentrates on strategies to improve medical performance and public health. In 2007 Dr. Gawande became director of the World Health Organization's global campaign to reduce surgical deaths.

A staff writer for the New Yorker since 1998, Dr. Gawande received a MacArthur Award for his research and writing in 2006 and a 2010 National Magazine Award for his article "The Cost Conundrum."

His book Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award, has been published in more than 20 languages. Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance was a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the ten best books of 2007 by Amazon.com and the Sunday Times of London.

His most recent book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, became a New York Times bestseller and one of Amazon.com's best books of the month for December 2009.