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Atul Gawande, MD, MPH
Surgeon, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery, Part-time, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
Executive Director, Ariadne Labs

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Surgery
General / GI Surgery
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

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Research Narrative:

Atul Gawande MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He has practiced general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2003. He is professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gawande is also Founder and Chairman of the Lifebox Foundation, whose mission is to save lives through safer surgery globally.

Dr. Gawande’s research and leadership focuses on the generation of systems innovations to transform safety and quality in healthcare. The work of Ariadne Labs includes testing implementation of a safe childbirth coaching and checklist intervention in North India to reduce neonatal and maternal death; roll-out of a suite of systems tools for improvement of surgical safety and outcomes across the United States; and a randomized trial in collaboration with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to improve care and decision-making for patients at the end of life. Ariadne Labs also has twenty-eight associate faculty from across the Harvard community pursuing new projects ranging from: developing a strategy to revise the epidemic of cesarean sectional nationally; designing national performance metrics for primary care systems in low and middle income countries with the World Bank; and redesigning cancer care. 


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Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Urbach DR, Dimick JB, Haynes AB, Gawande AA. Is WHO's surgical safety checklist being hyped? BMJ. 2019 Aug 05; 366:l4700.

2. Marx Delaney M, Miller KA, Bobanski L, Singh S, Kumar V, Karlage A, Tuller DE, Gawande AA, Semrau KEA. Unpacking the null: a post-hoc analysis of a cluster-randomised controlled trial of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist in Uttar Pradesh, India (BetterBirth). Lancet Glob Health. 2019 Aug; 7(8):e1088-e1096.

3. Angell TE, Maurer R, Wang Z, Kim MI, Alexander CA, Barletta JA, Benson CB, Cibas ES, Cho NL, Doherty GM, Doubilet PM, Frates MC, Gawande AA, Krane JF, Marqusee E, Moore FD, Nehs MA, Larsen PR, Alexander EK. A Cohort Analysis of Clinical and Ultrasound Variables Predicting Cancer Risk in 20,001 Consecutive Thyroid Nodules. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Jul 16.

4. Macarayan EK, Ratcliffe HL, Otupiri E, Hirschhorn LR, Miller K, Lipsitz SR, Gawande AA, Bitton A. Facility management associated with improved primary health care outcomes in Ghana. PLoS One. 2019; 14(7):e0218662.

5. Lagoo J, Berry WR, Miller K, Neal BJ, Sato L, Lillemoe KD, Doherty GM, Kasser JR, Chaikof EL, Gawande AA, Haynes AB. Multisource Evaluation of Surgeon Behavior Is Associated With Malpractice Claims. Ann Surg. 2019 Jul; 270(1):84-90.

6. Lakin JR, Desai M, Engelman K, O'Connor N, Teuteberg WG, Coackley A, Kilpatrick LB, Gawande A, Fromme EK. Earlier identification of seriously ill patients: an implementation case series. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2019 Jun 28.

7. Paladino J, Bernacki R, Neville BA, Kavanagh J, Miranda SP, Palmor M, Lakin J, Desai M, Lamas D, Sanders JJ, Gass J, Henrich N, Lipsitz S, Fromme E, Gawande AA, Block SD. Evaluating an Intervention to Improve Communication Between Oncology Clinicians and Patients With Life-Limiting Cancer: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial of the Serious Illness Care Program. JAMA Oncol. 2019 Jun 01; 5(6):801-809.

8. Bernacki R, Paladino J, Neville BA, Hutchings M, Kavanagh J, Geerse OP, Lakin J, Sanders JJ, Miller K, Lipsitz S, Gawande AA, Block SD. Effect of the Serious Illness Care Program in Outpatient Oncology: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Jun 01; 179(6):751-759.

9. Ramsay G, Haynes AB, Lipsitz SR, Solsky I, Leitch J, Gawande AA, Kumar M. Reducing surgical mortality in Scotland by use of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. Br J Surg. 2019 Jul; 106(8):1005-1011.

10. Galvin G, Hirschhorn LR, Shaikh M, Maji P, Delaney MM, Tuller DE, Neville BA, Firestone R, Gawande AA, Kodkany B, Kumar V, Semrau KEA. Availability of Safe Childbirth Supplies in 284 Facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India. Matern Child Health J. 2019 Feb; 23(2):240-249.