Atul Gawande is a practicing surgeon, writer, and professor at Harvard Medical School. One of today’s most influential voices on healthcare reform, Gawande began chronicling his experiences as a surgeon for the online magazine Slate soon after his medical residency. His writing caught the attention of The New Yorker and Gawande contributed several pieces before he eventually became a staff writer in 1998. His books include Complications, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, and most recently, The Checklist Manifesto in which he explores how the checklist has revolutionized medical practice and saved lives. Gawande leads the World Health Organization’s global campaign to reduce avoidable deaths and complications in surgery and to reduce deaths at child delivery. Gawande’s unique perspective as a medical practitioner, accessible writing style and impassioned voice have made a profound impact on the medical field.
Roy Eisenhardt practiced law for twelve years in San Francisco and taught at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He was President of the Oakland Athletics and served as the Executive Director for the California Academy of Sciences. Some of his numerous interviews for City Arts & Lectures include Stephen King, Gene Wilder, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Desmond Tutu, and David Remnick.