Atul Gawande MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is 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 Executive Director of Ariadne Labs , a joint center for health systems innovation, and also chairman of Lifebox , a nonprofit making surgery safer globally. He is the author of four best-selling books, including his most recent Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. In addition, he has been a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine since 1998.