Dr. Atul Gawande Lifebox Founder and Chair Appointed to Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board



Lifebox congratulates Dr. Atul Gawande on his appointment to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board.

9 November 2020 – Lifebox congratulates Dr. Atul Gawande, the surgical and anesthesia safety organization’s Chair and Co-founder, on his appointment to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. The surgeon, professor, healthcare leader, and best-selling author joins leading public health and scientific experts to advise the Biden-Harris Transition on the COVID-19 response. 

As Chair, Dr. Gawande has overseen Lifebox’s COVID-19 response, which has worked to support healthcare providers around the world in providing safe surgical and COVID-19 care during the pandemic, distributing 6,500 pulse oximeters across 38 countries alongside technical guidance. Dr. Gawande has also been working on the United States’ COVID-19 response through his work with Ariadne Labs, of which he is also Chair.

“We are enormously proud of Dr. Gawande and his appointment to the Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. His leadership and strategic thinking as Lifebox Co-Founder and Chair has been transformative and we look forward to seeing the work that will be achieved,” Kris Torgeson, Global Lifebox CEO. 

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About Lifebox

Lifebox is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the safety of surgery and anesthesia in low- a

nd middle-income countries. Founded in 2011 by four leading medical organizations and chaired by surgeon and writer Dr. Atul Gawande, Lifebox works across three core pillars of Safer Surgery – improving anesthesia safety, reducing surgical infection rates, and strengthening surgical teamwork. Lifebox has distributed medical equipment or held workshops in more than 116 countries, training nearly 10,000 healthcare providers. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Lifebox has worked to support its colleagues provide safe surgical and COVID-19 care, with pulse oximeters, training materials, and technical guidance. Visit lifebox.org to learn more and for more on Lifebox’s COVID-19 response head here.

Media Contact: Kitty Jenkin, kitty@lifebox.org.