Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande

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Atul Gawande chosen as 2011 undergraduate commencement speaker

Athens native worked for President Clinton administration

Ohio University has named Dr. Atul Gawande as the 2011 undergraduate commencement speaker.

Gawande will speak at two ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Convocation Center. In the ceremonies, the University will award him with an Honorary Doctor of Public Service in recognition of his work to elevate the human condition.

Gawande is a medical staff member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, both located in Boston, Mass. He also serves as an associate professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

A highly respected expert on healthcare reform, Gawande has published research studies in areas ranging from surgical technique, to U.S. military care for the wounded, and error and performance in medicine. He is the director of the World Health Organization’s Global Challenge for Safer Surgical Care.

He has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 1998. From 1992 to 1993, Gawande served as a senior health policy advisor in the Clinton presidential campaign and White House.

Gawande was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Athens, Ohio. He received his B.A.S. from Stanford University; M.A. (in politics, philosophy and economics) from Oxford University; M.D. from Harvard Medical School; and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

For more information about Gawande, visit his website.