June 2018 \ Cover Story \ COVER STORY

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I was thrilled to be named CEO of this healthcare initiative. I have devoted my public health career to building scalable solutions for better healthcare delivery that are saving lives, reducing suffering and eliminating wasteful spending both in the U.S. and across the world

Recently queried about how much time he would devote to it when he officially begins July 9, Gawande said, “It’ll have to be 100 percent.” He is, however, not giving up his positions at Harvard or Brigham and Women’s or his work as a surgeon, and plans to continue writing. He said he will transition from being executive director to chairman of Ariadne Labs in Boston, which works on solving problems in health systems around the world. “I still have my patients and surgery booked through the summer and have my work,” he said. When asked if most of his time will be spent in the new role, he said, “This is going to become the number one priority.”