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Atul Gawande, USA
José Aristodemo Pinotti Keynote Lecture

Atul Gawande, USA

Atul Gawande MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and also chairman of Lifebox, a non-profit making surgery safer globally.

Dr. Gawande has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002; Better, one of the 10 best books of 2007 by Amazon.com; The Checklist Manifesto in 2009 and his most recent book, is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, released in October 2014. He has won two National Magazine Awards, Academy Health’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship and the Lewis Thomas Award for Writing about Science. 

José Aristodemo Pinotti Keynote Lecture

Checklists: Evidence from the frontline on saving lives and improving care

In 2009, an eight-city trial of the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist demonstrated a forty-seven percent reduction in mortality following major inpatient surgery. Almost one decade on, numerous checklist evaluations have now been performed across the world, in surgery as well as in obstetrics, using the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist. These studies have varied widely in their settings and in their approaches to implementation—that is, to persuading clinicians to use a checklist as a routine approach to systematizing their practice under conditions of complexity. Many of the evaluations have replicated substantial reductions in morbidity and mortality, including at large scale. Yet some have not. We will review the studies and discuss the important lessons that have emerged about what is required for systems innovations to save lives and reduce suffering.














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