Atul Gawande, a 2006 MacArthur
fellow, is a general surgeon at the
Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston,
a staff writer for The New Yorker,
an assistant professor at Harvard
Medical School, and a frequent
contributor to The New England
Journal of Medicine. He lives with
his wife and three children in Newton,
Both his parents were physicians his father a urologist and his mother a pediatrician and initially he resisted following in their footsteps and instead wanted to be a musician: "I wanted to be a rock star. I played guitar and wrote songs and even had a couple of club shows. I was just terrible."
Attending Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship he considered becoming a philosopher until he realized ...