If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gawande—professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, surgeon, author, New Yorker staff writer, and co-founder—would become the assistant administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health.
Gawande’s role at USAID would involve efforts to prevent child and maternal deaths, control the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and combat infectious diseases such as COVID-19, according to a July 13, 2021, Reuters article.
During the pandemic, Gawande co-founded CIC Health, which runs COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites across the U.S. Gawande also served on the Biden transition’s advisory board on COVID-19.
Read the Reuters article: Biden nominates surgeon, author Atul Gawande to senior job at USAID