What does a good day look like? This is the question that transformed Atul Gawande’s practice of medicine. He’s a citizen physician on the frontiers of human agency and meaning in light of what modern medicine makes possible. In his writing in The New Yorker, and in his book Being Mortal, he’s opening a new conversation about what dying has to do with living.
practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He’s also a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He’s a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of 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.