Atul Gawande, Champion of Healthcare Value, Is Monday Keynote at HFMA’s Annual Conference
Distinguished surgeon, teacher, and writer Atul Gawande, MD, will be the keynote speaker on Monday, June 23, at ANI: The 2014 HFMA National Institute in Las Vegas.
Gawande will address clinical transformation in an era of healthcare reform, emphasizing the delicate balance between improving quality, managing risk, measuring performance, and managing cost. Gawande brings an eloquence and an intellect to these issues that allow him to offer deeply considered and thoughtfully expressed solutions with implications for health care.
Gawande is a General and Endocrine Surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and a staff writer The New Yorker magazine. He is also Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Research Director for the BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health. Gawande is the founder and chairman of Lifebox, a not-for-profit organization saving lives by improving the safety and quality of surgical care in low-resource countries.
He received his BAS from Stanford University, an M.A. (in politics, philosophy, and economics) from Oxford University, his MD from Harvard Medical School, and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Gawande served as a senior health policy advisor in the Clinton presidential campaign and in the Clinton White House from 1992 to 1993. He is the director of the World Health Organization’s Global Challenge for Safer Surgical Care.
In 2006, Gawande received the MacArthur Award for his research and writing. He is the author of three brilliant bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002; Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, a New York Times bestseller and one of Amazon.com’s ten best books of 2007; and The Checklist Manifesto, also a New York Times bestseller. Gawande was chosen to The 2010 TIME 100 at number five in the thinker category and his New Yorker article, “Letting Go” was a finalist for the 2011 National Magazine Award for public interest.