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Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande (pronounced /ˈɑːtʊl ɡəˈwɑːndeɪ/) is an American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.


The name "Atul" is of Indian origin and means "incomparable" in Sanskrit. "Gawande" is a common surname in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Related Terms

  • General Surgery: A surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal contents including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland.
  • Endocrine Surgery: A surgical sub-specialty focusing on surgery of the endocrine glands, including the thyroid gland, the parathyroid glands, the adrenal glands, glands of the endocrine pancreas, and some neuroendocrine glands.
  • Public Health: The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.
  • Health Policy: Refers to decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society.
  • Harvard Medical School: One of the graduate schools of Harvard University, and is among the top ranked medical schools in the United States.
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital: A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, it is internationally known for its medical research.

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