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Gawande
Erik Jacobs for the New York Times

The Rhodes Scholar, Harvard/Stanford/Oxford-educated doctor Atul Gawande is busy saving lives as a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

But not SO busy that he can’t also be on faculty at Harvard Medical School, contribute regularly to the New Yorker, be awarded the MacArthur “genius” grant, be a dad, husband, and National Book Award-finalist author.

Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance is Gawande’s sophomore-book (remember his first: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science?). It is due out this week.

The New York Times featured Gawande yesterday, giving us insight into the 41-year-old’s upbringing (his parents are both doctors; he was raised in Athens, Ohio) and musical taste (he listens to The Killers in the OR. We forgive him). “This idea that a bright Indian kid is supposed to be a doctor — I resisted that,” he says. “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.”

Go here to read the full feature.

April 4, 2007
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  1. April 4, 2007, 11:13 pm ?

    hilal whatcha talkin about? dudes got a sweet playlist:

    “the playlist included David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Regina Spektor, Aimee Mann, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, the Decemberists and the Killers.”

    unless you are referring to the irony of him listening to the KILLers while performing surgery? now that i think about it. that probably was what you were referring to huh?