An Indian-origin surgeon writer Atul Gawande has won a "no strings attached" $500,000 "genius" award from America's prestigious John D & Catherine T MacArthur Foundation//.
Gawande, 40, whose many articles and essays on medicine in The New Yorker have made him one of the most recognised of American writers, is one of the 25 new MacArthur Fellows for 2006 announced by the Foundation in Chicago Tuesday.
Working across a broad spectrum of endeavours, they include a developmental biologist, a sculptor, a country doctor, a jazz violinist, and a deep-sea explorer. All were selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future.
"Selection for a MacArthur Fellowship is the culmination of an intensive review of the creative efforts and promise of each Fellow. Our call comes as a complete surprise and offers the new Fellows the gift of time and an unfettered opportunity to reflect, explore, and create," said MacArthur president Jonathan Fanton.
According to the MacArthur profile of Gawande, he is a surgeon and author who applies a critical eye to modern surgical practice, articulating its realities, complexities, and challenges.
His book, Complications (2002), illuminates the concerns and problems faced by the surgeon-in-training with insight and compassion. In articles published in professional journals and mainstream periodicals, Gawande scrutinizes the culture, protocol, and technology of modern medical practice from the perspective of a dedicated and empathetic professional.
In all his published work, he brings fresh and unique perspective, clarity, and intuition to the field. Recognising the reality of human failures in an imperfect craft, Gawande is equally energetic and imaginative in the identification of practical changes and solutions.
Among his innovations are bar codes to prevent surgeons from inadvertently leaving sponges and instruPage: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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