If ever there was a celebrity in health care, it was Dr. Atul Gawande. He frequented the biggest stages in media and medicine. He gave TED talks, interviews with top journalists, and moderated a discussion on health innovation with President Obama. His books and essays for the New Yorker made him not just a sought-after speaker, but the unofficial leader of medicine’s less-is-more movement.
At least, until six months ago, when he became a CEO. Since drawing tremendous attention when he was dispatched by the leaders of Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway to create a venture with the long-term goal of transforming health care, Gawande has virtually disappeared from the public eye. He isn’t giving interviews or releasing information about the direction of the new company.