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Lecture focuses on medical care improvements, Nov. 13

Noted surgeon and author Atul Gawande will examine the causes of medical error and discuss ways to improve medical care in a lecture scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in McCosh 10. His talk is titled "Mediocrity and Its Causes: A Surgeon's Notes on Medical Performance."

Gawande is the author of "Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science," which was a National Book Award finalist, and "Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance," which focuses on the intersection of surgery and public health. He is a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a general surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 2006, he also is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a columnist for the New England Journal of Medicine.

Gawande is the principal investigator of a study on the causes of medical error and, in collaboration with other physicians, is formulating policies that would improve surgical care both in the United States and developing countries. As life expectancy increases within poorer nations, he is particularly interested in the policy transition from infectious disease prevention to the treatment of noncommunicable illness such as heart disease and cancer.

The talk, designated as the Walter E. Edge Lecture, is part of the University Public Lectures Series.

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