Behind Atul Gawande’s rise is the incredible story of his Indian immigrant parents

The Indian-American doctor Atul Gawande wears a lot of different hats: surgeon, staff writer for the New Yorker, best-selling author, and MacArthur Genius. Now, he’s also been named the CEO of a new non-profit health care venture launched by Amazon, JP Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway.

But when he was younger, Gawande wasn’t at all convinced about following in the footsteps of his immigrant parents by going into medicine.

“It’s almost a given that the children of two Indian immigrant...

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