Gawande and Murthy appointed to Joe Biden’s Covid task force

13 November 2020

We were thrilled – and reassured – this week to see that two Profile authors, Atul Gawande and Vivek Murthy, have been appointed to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ Covid-19 advisory board.

The advisory board is made up 13 doctors and reasearchers, who will advise the new administration on their strategy.

Joe Biden posted a photo of the first briefing on his instagram.

Atul Gawande is the author of three bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by as one of the ten best books of 2007; and The Checklist Manifesto. His most recent book, Being Mortal, was a New York Times and Sunday Times Bestseller. He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for the New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In 2014, he delivered the BBC Reith Lectures. In his work in public health, he is director of Ariadne Labs, a joint centre for health system innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organisation making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy is a physician, researcher, public health expert, and entrepreneur. From 2014 to 2017, he served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. His writings have been published in leading medical journals, newspapers and magazines, and his work has been covered extensively in national and international media. In 2021, Murthy was named co-chair of Joe Biden’s twelve-person Covid-19 task force.