Atul Gawande, MD, MPH

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase Healthcare Initiative

Bold Visions for a Healthier Society

For many years Atul Gawande’s storytelling and bold visions for improving performance have made him one of the country’s most sought-after speakers. During HIMSS19, Dr. Gawande will bring his singular voice and deep experience to the mission of improving healthcare delivery for all.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gawande has cut through the complexities of our healthcare system and delivered practical solutions to better serve the needs of people and the values that make for a healthier society. His approach is multifaceted: As a practicing surgeon, he understands the complexity and demands of contemporary medical practice. At Ariadne Labs, he has built an organization that is delivering innovative, scalable global solutions that are demonstrating better healthcare from birth to surgery to the end of life. In his award-winning articles and bestselling books, he examines cutting-edge research as well as real-world experiences from his decades long surgical career through new lenses, advancing the broader conversation on healthcare and other timely issues for his readers.

In his new role as CEO of the healthcare initiative formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase, Dr. Gawande is continuing this mission. His focus is on incubating new models of care demonstrated to improve outcomes, satisfaction, and cost-efficiency for their employees and families.

Innovation: Dr. Gawande is Founder and Chairman of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ariadne Labs had been a leader in the effort to drive the improvement of care on a global scale: its mission is to create simple, practical solutions for delivering better care at the most critical moments in people’s lives everywhere. The center saves lives and reduces suffering by improving the performance of health systems through design, systems engineering, and implementation science.

Writing: As a writer, Dr. Gawande is broadly known for his eloquence, depth of thought and research, and broad influence. He has twice won the National Magazine Award, been a #1 New York Times bestseller, and is a recipient of the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science. Dr. Gawande has been staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998, and is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the also chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally.