June 2018 \ Cover Story \ COVER STORY
THE RISE OF ATUL GAWANDE

It’s not every day that Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon find the time to get together and hunt for a suitable...

He told a PBS show audience recently that “it is amazing to me that I would get to partner with people like Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Jamie Dimon—amazing people who have committed themselves to the long term.” He was forthright, and confident: “But the largest concept here is that I get to have a million patients that I as a doctor get to add to my responsibility, and my job for them is to figure out ways that we’re going to drive better outcomes, better satisfaction with care, and better cost efficiency with new models that can be incubated for all. That is a tall order. But what they’re saying to me is that resources won’t be the problem. Human behavior will be. And achieving scale will be.”

Gawande spoke on the nonprofit nature of the organization and made clear that he does not see himself under the thumb of Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, or Berkshire Hathaway bureaucracies—something people who know him said was important to establish before he accepted the job.

“Number 1: It is an independent entity, it is not part of those companies. Number 2: It is nonprofit, there are no dollars that go back to those companies. That’s really important.”




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