Atul Gawande

14 articles


How the overdiagnosis of disease makes for unnecessary treatment, high anxiety, and ballooning costs.


Why Doctors Fail

Opening up about medical mistakes.


Modern Medicine Changed the Way We Die, and Not Always for the Better

On what you do and don’t learn in medical school.

Excerpted from Being Mortal.


Slow Ideas

Why some innovations spread quick while others take decades to catch hold.


Big Med

What the health care industry can learn from how The Cheesecake Factory does business.


Personal Best

The case for coaches in professions other than music and sports. Like medicine, for example:

Since I have taken on a coach, my complication rate has gone down. It’s too soon to know for sure whether that’s not random, but it seems real. I know that I’m learning again. I can’t say that every surgeon needs a coach to do his or her best work, but I’ve discovered that I do.


Cowboys and Pit Crews

A commencement address to the graduates of Harvard Medical School on how their chosen profession is changing and what they’ll need to learn now that they’re out of school.


“There Is Always a Velluvial Matrix to Know About”

The doctor and New Yorker writer on embracing the shortcomings of expertise:

The truth is that the volume and complexity of the knowledge that we need to master has grown exponentially beyond our capacity as individuals. Worse, the fear is that the knowledge has grown beyond our capacity as a society.


The Hot Spotters

How focusing on the neediest patients could radically reduce health care costs.



Is long-term solitary confinement torture?


Final Cut

The decline of the American autopsy and what it says about modern medicine.


Letting Go

Should modern medicine shift its end-of-life priorities, focusing less on staving off death and more on improving a patient’s last days?