Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” on Frontline

My love for Atul Gawande’s writing knows no bounds: He makes the complex simple with an economy of words.

If you have never read one of his books, you must.  The term Gawande-esque did not materialize  because he has a knack for picking the right subjects at an opportune time.  He has a following because his gift allows the physician reader not just to comprehend an issue, but catalyze and make us believe the problems we face in healthcare have answers.

His new book, Being Mortal, reviewed here by Bob W., gets the Frontline treatment on PBS.  As hospitalists, we all should make an effort to watch the broadcast.  I think the topic and creator have something very, very unique to convey.




Brad Flansbaum

Bradley Flansbaum, DO, MPH, MHM works for Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA in both the divisions of hospital medicine and population health. He began working as a hospitalist in 1996, at the inception of the hospital medicine movement. He is a founding member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and served as a board member and officer. He speaks nationally in promoting hospital medicine and has presented at many statewide meetings and conferences. He is also actively involved in house staff education.

Currently, he serves on the SHM Public Policy Committee and has an interest in payment policy, healthcare market competition, health disparities, cost-effectiveness analysis, and pain and palliative care. He is SHM’s delegate for the AMA House of Delegates.

Dr. Flansbaum received his undergraduate degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY and attended medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. He received his M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.

He is a political junky, and loves to cook, stay fit, read non-fiction, listen to many genres of music, and is a resident of Danville, PA.

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