Why I'm excited about the choice of Atul Gawande to lead the new Amazon/JP Morgan/Berkshire Hathaway healthcare venture
I was quoted a few days ago in this article and a number of people have asked why I think the choice of Atul Gawande to lead the new healthcare venture formed by Amazon, J.P. Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway’s is so good. Several have suggested that this will be a part-time gig for Dr. Gawande since he will continue to practice medicine, do research, write books, etc. I thought it would be useful to publish the full statement released to the press because it touches on that concern and provides my rationale for celebrating this choice.
That said, I have no special knowledge of Dr. Gawande's plans nor how many hours he will work. In fact, I don't know him personally. I've based my assessment on what I've seen and read about him over the years. Plus, I have worked in healthcare for 25 years so have experienced plenty of leaders and management teams. And as it relates to physician leaders in particular: it has been my experience that the ones who continue to see patients, even when leading or managing organizations, have always been the best. They don't lose touch with what really matters in delivering care.