Atul Gawande Dr, Books, Education, Wife, and Net Worth

Atul Gawande Biography

Atul Gawande is a well-known American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He serves as the chairman of Ariadne Labs in public health and the Lifebox. Gawande was the CEO of the healthcare venture Haven between June 20, 2018, to May 2020. Since January 4, 2022, he has served as the Assistant Administrator of the US Agency for International Development.

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As a surgeon, he practiced general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Gawande is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, he has written about medicine and public health for The New Yorker and Slate and authored several books.

Atul Gawande’s Facts

Birthday:  November 5
Family: Atmaram Gawande, Sushila Gawande, and Meeta Gawande
Age: 58
Education: Stanford University, Balliol College, Oxford, and Harvard University
Wife: Kathleen Hobson
Net Worth: 30 Million


Atul Atmaram Gawande was born on November 5, 1965, in Brooklyn, New York, in the United States to his Marathi Indian immigrant parents. His parents are Atmaram Gawande and Sushila Gawande. Gawande’s father Atmaram was also a surgeon who immigrated from a rural village in India to pursue opportunities in America. He later died at the age of 76 on August 10, 2011.

Gawande has a sister, Meeta. He stands at 6 ft 2 in tall.

Atul Gawande Father

He is the son of Atmaram Gawande. His father Atmaram was also a surgeon who immigrated from a rural village in India to pursue opportunities in America. When he was around the age of 70, he began to experience neck pain and tingling fingertips. After several years, Atmaram’s pain progressed through his left hand. He had an MRI and it was discovered that he had a tumor in his spinal cord.

Atmaram underwent a successful surgery but the cancer continued to grow despite the surgery. He then refused to take any more treatments and died surrounded by his wife and children. Atmaram died at the age of 76 on August 10, 2011.

Atul Gawande Wife

Atul Gawande has been hitched to his wife Kathleen Hobson since 1992. Kathleen works as an editor and is a literature major graduate. The duo increased their support of Ariadne Labs with a $500,000 gift. They share three children Hunter Gawande, Walker Gawande, and Hattie Gawande.

Atul Gawande Education

In 1983, he earned his high school diploma from Athens High School and a bachelor’s degree in biology and political science from Stanford University in 1987. Gawande graduated with his M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from Balliol College, Oxford in 1989. In 1995, he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1999. Additionally, Gawande had his general surgical residency training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard in 2003.

Author Atul Gawande

Apart from being a surgeon, Gawande is an author who has published several books. He had his first publication, Complications, a book containing revised versions of 14 of his articles for Slate and The New Yorker. In April 2007, Gawande had his second book Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance. He went ahead and authored two more books.


He has authored four best-selling books which include:

  • Complications in 2002.
  • Better in 2008.
  • The Checklist Manifesto in 2009.
  • Being Mortal in 2014.

Dr Atul Gawande

He is a doctor who specializes in surgery having attained his Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School in 1995. He served as a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Gawande is also a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


He was nominated for the post of Assistant Administrator of U.S. AID for the Bureau of Global Health by President Biden on July 13, 2021. His committee vote was delayed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio in October 2021. Marco shared that President Biden should withdraw Gawande’s nomination and replace him with someone who is committed to upholding the agency’s mission of saving lives.” However, the Senate confirmed Gawande to be Assistant Administrator of U.S. AID on December 17, 2021, having a win vote of 48-31.

Cheesecake Factory

Gawande met with managers, cooks, and other workers at a Boston-area Cheesecake Factory. He did this to see how the firm delivers good food and a good dining experience time after time. He also compared the restaurant’s procedures with what goes on in hospitals. For the case study, he used total knee replacement surgery, something his mother had undergone.

Complications Pdf

Complications is Gawande’s first published book under the nonfiction book collection. It has his essays written during his general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. It is divided into three sections Fallibility, Mystery, and Uncertainty. Moreover, it provides insight into the problems physicians may face when practicing a variety of procedures in medicine.

Slow Ideas

He discussed Slow Ideas on July 29, 2013, where he explored some innovations that spread so swiftly and others so slowly in an upcoming issue of The New Yorker.

Better Pdf

Better is Gawande’s second book which discusses virtues that he considers to be most important for success in medicine. They are diligence, doing right, and ingenuity where he offers the book of people who have embodied these virtues.

The Cost Conundrum

In 2009, he read the “Cost Conundrum” article where he described McAllen as one of the most expensive healthcare markets in the United States. He shared that the average cost per Medicare enrollee in McAllen was the same as the national average in 1992 but in 2006, the costs were twice the national average.


Gawande published The Checklist Manifesto, a non-fiction book in December 2009. His book focuses on the use of checklists with several elements of daily and professional life. He shared that his book’s inspiration came after he the story young child who survived a fall into a frozen pond and the physician who saved her relied heavily on checklists.

The Learning Curve

Gawande wrote an article “The Learning Curve,” where he explored the importance of practicing to learn a task.

When Doctors Make Mistakes

He wrote an article for the New Yorker in February 1999 on When Doctors Make Mistakes. In his article, he described his experience as a surgical resident on duty for emergencies at a hospital one winter morning. During the time, a car crash victim was brought in in a semi-comatose state, and after unsuccessful intubation, he realized that something blocking the patient’s airway.


Gawande appeared On Being with Krista Tippett podcast where they discussed What Matters in the End in October 2017.


He has appeared on several YouTube channels. Some of his videos that are available on YouTube include his talk at Google, Ted talk, and End Well among others

Better A Surgeon’s Performance

On January 22, 2008, he published the book Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance. The book gives his investigation into medical professionals and how they progress from merely good to great providing rare insight into the elements of success. It has 288 pages published by Metropolitan Books.


Frontline is a documentary series that was developed under Gawande’s book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. The series was first released on February 10, 2015, by PBS TV series.

Net Worth

He has worked as a surgeon, writer, and public health leader for over a decade and has earned a net worth of $30 Million.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is Atul Gawande’s Wife?

Gawande’s Wife is Kathleen Hobson an editor and a literature major graduate.

Who Is Atul Gawande?

Gawande is a 58-year-old Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID. He is also a renowned surgeon, writer, and public health leader. Gawande was a practicing general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor. Additionally, he is the founder and chair of Ariadne Labs and co-founded CIC Health.

Is Atul Gawande Married?

Gawande has been married to Kathleen Hobson since 1992 and together they share three children.

Social Media Account

Twitter – @Atul_Gawande

Instagram – atul.gawande