U.S. Board of Trustees





Dr. Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. Dr. Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is also Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

His research work currently focuses on systems innovations to transform safety and performance in surgery, childbirth, and care of the terminally ill. He serves as lead advisor for the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives programme.

Dr. Gawande has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 1998. He has written three New York Times bestselling books: COMPLICATIONS, which was a finalist for the US National Book Award in 2002; BETTER, which was selected as one of the ten best books of 2007 by Amazon.com;  THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO; BEING MORTAL.

He has won two US National Magazine Awards, Academy Health’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care, a MacArthur Award, and selection by Foreign Policy Magazine and TIME magazine as one of the world’s top 100 influential thinkers.





Dr. William Berry is Chief Medical Officer at Ariadne Labs, overseeing the growth and development for all the research work including Safe Surgery, BetterBirth, and Serious Illness Care.  He also serves as the Program Director for Safe Surgery. He is a Surgical Consultant to the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions. For the last eight years, he has been a faculty member the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in collaborative projects focused on improving the safety of surgical patients.  Prior to these roles, he spent seventeen years in practice as a cardiac surgeon.





Dr. Faye Evans is an anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School.

She earned her MD from the Emory University School of Medicine in 1998 and completed her anesthesia residency at Emory University in 2004 where she also finished a combined fellowship in pediatric and pediatric cardiac anesthesia in 2008.

She is the current Chair for the SPA-Global Committee for the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, a member WFSA’s Education Committee, the Vice-Chair for the ASA’s Global Humanitarian Outreach Committee and is on the Medical Advisory Board for Smile Train.

Her global health work currently focuses on improving the quality and safety of anesthesia in the low-resource setting through education and advocacy.   She has been involved with a variety of educational initiatives including participating with the CASIEF teaching program in Rwanda, the University of Nairobi Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship in Kenya, the Safer Anaesthesia from Education (SAFE) Paediatric Course, and is currently helping Smile Train to become an International American Heart Association training center.





Dr Alexander Hannenberg was president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) in 2010. He practices anesthesiology in suburban Boston and is founder and president of the ASA Charitable Foundation. He is a member of the faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and has served on the board of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. He led the effort to establish the Anesthesia Quality Institute and serves on its Board of Directors.





Deborah Lotterman sets the creative direction for precisioneffect overseeing creative, clinical and operations across the agency. Her creativity and strategic thinking has led the agency in translating technological innovations into powerful campaigns that speak emotionally to clinicians and consumers. Clients depend on Deborah to bring energy and novel thinking to workshops, presentations and strategic discussions. Her unique understanding of clients’ needs stems from over 20 years in healthcare marketing. In that time, Deborah has led the development of award-winning campaigns for companies including Abbott Nutrition, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Exact Sciences, Ethicon Products, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Sony Medical, Shire and The Yoga Journal.

Deborah earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Towson University, a Master of Art in Professional Writing from Emerson College, and also holds a degree in culinary arts.

Jason Yeung is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager leading the healthcare investing effort on the Morgan Stanley Growth Team Mutual Funds which have a franchise in investing in innovative public & private companies. He also serves on the board of Ariadne Labs, a non-profit joint venture between the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham & Women’s Hospital focused on health system innovation. Jason graduated from Johns Hopkins University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in Pre-Med/International Relations and holds a M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Alex Haynes was a part of the original team that worked with the WHO to develop the Surgical Safety Checklist, helping to lead the pilot study in eight countries which first established its effectiveness. In 2009, he authored the landmark New England Journal of Medicine article which showed that the Checklist reduced morbidity and mortality rates where it was introduced. He has been involved in efforts of Checklist implementation and adaptation in settings as varied as South Carolina, Scotland, Rwanda, and Moldova.

Dr. Haynes is also the inaugural associate chair of investigation and discovery and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. He is charged with developing the research strategy for the department.

Prior to joining Lifebox and Dell Med, Dr. Haynes was an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital, and served as the director of the Safe Surgery Program at Ariadne Labs, a center for health care delivery innovation at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Haynes is a practicing surgical oncologist with a focus on melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma.