Atul Gawande is a surgeon and writer based in Massachusetts. From 1992 to 1993 he served as senior health policy advisor to the Clinton campaign and the Clinton White House. Since 1998 he has been a staff writer for *The New Yorker*. He is on the currently faculty of Brigham and Women's Hospital as a general and endocrine surgeon, and is a staff member of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Research Director for the Brigham and Women's Center for Surgery and Public Health. He has written two best-selling books, *Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science* and *Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance*.