Atul Gawande

Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management

Department of Health Policy and Management

Other Affiliations

CEO, Haven
Founder & Chair, Ariadne Labs
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
General and Endocrine Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Atul Gawande and his colleagues have focused their research on problems at the intersection of surgery and public health.

Much of their work has examined error in surgery, establishing its frequency and seriousness and revealing underlying mechanisms. Ongoing work ranges from observation research on performance and safety in the operating room to studies of medical malpractice claims to the development of technologies to prevent surgeons from inadvertently leaving sponges or instruments in patients. A newer area of research concerns the current state of care in developing countries for illness requiring surgery or other high technology interventions.

In addition, Dr. Gawande writes the Notes of a Surgeon column for the New England Journal of Medicine and has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 1998.


M.P.H., 1999, Harvard School of Public Health
M.D., 1995, Harvard Medical School
M.A., 1989, Oxford University
B.A.S., 1987, Stanford University