Atul Gawande to Present Ferguson Lecture at the STS 47th Annual Meeting

January 25, 2011 - San Diego - Surgeon and best-selling author, Atul Gawande, MD, will deliver the Thomas B. Ferguson Lecture on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 47th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. The lecture, titled “What Does It Mean to be Great In Surgery?”, will focus on emerging directions for improvement in surgical results and the tension among such values as autonomy, teamwork, individual judgment, and standardized protocols.

Dr. Gawande received his B.A.S. from Stanford University, M.A. from Oxford University, M.D. from Harvard University Medical School, and M.P.H from the Harvard School of Public Health. From 1992 to 1993 he served as a senior health policy advisor to the Clinton Presidential Campaign and White House. He is currently a faculty member at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, specializing in general and endocrine surgery. Additionally, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

A critically acclaimed author, Dr. Gawande received the MacArthur Award for his research and writing in 2006. He is a staff writer for the New Yorker, contributing to the magazine’s medicine and science publications. Dr. Gawande has published three books, the most recent of which, The Checklist Manifesto, is a New York Times bestseller. 

The Ferguson Lecture, established in 2000, recognizes and honors Dr. Thomas B. Ferguson, former president of both STS and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Ferguson was the editor of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery from 1984 to 2000.

For more information, contact Nancy Puckett or Sharon Porta at (312) 202-5800.


Founded in 1964, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 6,000 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The mission of the Society is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.