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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Celebrating Atul Gawande, MD, MPH

Sunday, October 01, 2017

It's no secret that we at Biosyntrx are in awe of Dr. Atul Gawande, who has become a conversation changer with international impact regarding the need for medical system checklists that address safety, complexity, affordability, and improved processes regarding diversity, aging, terminal illness, resource conservation, and the out-of-control costs of a health care system that is not working.

He has a clear understanding of the culture of medicine and health policy. His delightfully charming compassion, ​​determination, and ​ability to be clear and transparent has led to his often being referred to as "the surgeon general of medical journalism." 

Gawande is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, as well as being an associate professor in the department of Health Policy. He is a staff member of Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit that works on reducing death in surgery globally, as well as the executive director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation focused on primary lifetime care, and scalable tools that improve this care with fewer resources.

He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and Slate, and his New York Times best-selling books include Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and the absolutely must read Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, which is listed in the top ​10 ever NYT best-selling nonfiction books. 

Gawande has also won the Lewis Thomas ​Award for writing about science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine awards, as well as being listed as an investigator in 179 peer-reviewed journal articles in the National Library of Medicine. 

We sincerely hope our audience members who are concerned about the future of health care will take the time to watch today's positive and encouraging Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities video choice. It features Dr. Gawande being interviewed by one of his delightful Harvard professor mentors at a leadership conference. 

We hope you enjoy.

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

For those of you who also love The New Yorker, here is a link to Gawande's October 2, 2017, thoughtful article titled "Is Health Care a Right?"