Coming To Terms With Mortality

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH

Reclaiming dying as a human experience.

Physician and writer Atul Gawande’s groundbreaking 2014 book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, remains an important examination of many of the structures and assumptions that are now failing under the stress of COVID-19. A foundational voice in the movement to reclaim dying as a human experience, Atul shares his perspective on why it’s more important than ever to face our own mortality as we imagine life in a post-pandemic world.

About the Speaker

 Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer and public health leader. He is the founder and chairman of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation; chairman of the board of the Lifebox Foundation, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally; and chairman of the board of Haven. He is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine and has written four New York Times best-selling books: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.