President Biden announced his intent to nominate Atul Gawande to be Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Global Health at USAID. The WH released the following brief bio:
Atul Gawande, Nominee for Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is the Cyndy and John Fish Distinguished Professor of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Gawande is also founder and chair of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. During the coronavirus pandemic, he co-founded CIC Health, which operates COVID-19 testing and vaccination nationally, and served as a member of the Biden transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. From 2018 to 2020, he was CEO of Haven, the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase health care venture. He previously served as a senior advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services in the Clinton Administration.
In addition, Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and written four New York Times best-selling books: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.
Exciting to see that #RhodesScholar Dr @Atul_Gawande (Ohio & @BalliolOxford 1987) has been nominated by @POTUS to lead global health development at @USAID, especially at such an important time ⬇️https://t.co/dfSaAgYsQa https://t.co/EgGQsbvJz7
— Rhodes Trust (@rhodes_trust) July 19, 2021
Global health folks are pleased someone of @Atul_Gawande's stature has been lured to @USAID. But working in a bureaucracy isn't easy & his past experience may not prepare him for what's ahead, they caution. 🔒https://t.co/SflEoupBlI
— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) July 19, 2021
.@POTUS nominates @Atul_Gawande as @USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health (@USAIDGH). Atul is an esteemed surgeon, public health expert, founder of @SaferSurgery, and a brilliant writer. His experience and vision can offer so much to USAID’s vital global health work. pic.twitter.com/aECUKSinD6
— Samantha Power (@PowerUSAID) July 13, 2021