Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase have partnered together to build a new company focusing on employee healthcare. The headquarters is in Boston and Indian-origin Dr. Atul Gawande will be its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Gadgets now report the 10 things to know about this India-origin doctor who will soon spearhead the Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan Chase healthcare company.
1. A globally-renowned surgeon
Atul Gawande is a globally-renowned surgeon and he practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
2. He is a professor
Gawande is Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.
3. He is also a Journalist
Atul Gawande is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal, and has received numerous awards for his contributions to science and healthcare
4. He started receiving prominence in 2009
He has written extensively about America’s failure to deal with rising health-care spending, often criticising his industry’s practices. He rose to prominence among health-care policy experts with a 2009 New Yorker article, “The Cost Conundrum”.
5. He was an alumnus of Oxford and Harvard Universities
He has an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from Balliol College, Oxford along with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School. Gawande also holds a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
6. Played an active role in Bill Clinton’s healthcare campaign
Atul Gawande had left medical school after joining in 1990 to play an active role in Bill Clinton’s healthcare campaign in 1992 campaign. He was the senior advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and directed a committee of the Clinton Health Care Task Force. He later joined back his medical school.
7. He has authored 4 books
His first book–“Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science”—was launched in 2002. The second book was launched in 2007 and was named “Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance.” In 2009, he released his third book—“The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right”.in 2009. The fourth book was released in 2014 and was named “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”. All the books had earned a lot of praises and even became bestsellers.
8. Recipient of Massachusetts Governor’s Award
He has been a winner of two National Magazine Awards, recipients of the Massachusetts Governor’s Award in the Humanities.
9. Born in a Marathi family
Atul Gawande was born in a Marathi family in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Athens, Ohio and graduated from Athens High School in 1983.
10. Both his parents are doctors
Gawande’s parents were based out of India and had moved to the US in 1960. While his mother is is a pediatrician and his father was a urologist. They both had come to the US for their careers and had met at Brooklyn where they married.