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Indian American Surgeon Wins US "Genius" Award

ments in patients and a simple score of one to ten indicating the likelihood of complications.

Through initiatives at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, newly established to study and improve surgical safety, Gawande is giving leadership to the identification of numerous other bold enhancements to surgical protocol that will both improve practice and save lives.

A Rhodes scholar, Gawande studied ethics at Oxford. He also has a masters' degree from Harvard School of Public Health. His medical degrees are also from Harvard.

Currently, he is a surgeon and an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and an assistant professor in health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Other people of Indian origin to win the award include musician Ali Akbar Khan and poet and professor A K Ramanujan who died over a decade ago.

Another South Asian to win this year's award is a 37-year-old Pakistani American painter, Shahzia Sikander. She is described as an artist whose visually striking, resonant works merge the traditional South Asian art of miniature painting with contemporary forms and styles.

The MacArthur Fellows Programme was the first major grant making initiative of the Foundation. The inaugural class of MacArthur Fellows was named in 1981. Including this year's Fellows, 732 people, ranging in age from 18 to 82 at the time of their selection, have been named MacArthur Fellows since the inception of the programme.



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