It is with great sadness that we report that Dr. Atmaram Gawande, PDG, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2011, at 6:10 pm, at the age of 76, from complications of cancer.


The son of Sitaram and Gopikabai Gawande, he was born and raised in the small village of Uti in the Indian state of Maharashtra in a family of seven brothers and five sisters. He graduated from Nagpur Medical College in 1962 and came to New York City for his training in general surgery. There he met and married his wife, Dr. Sushila Gawande and started a family. He obtained his specialty training in urology at Martland Medical Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. He and his family settled in Athens, Ohio, in 1973 where he became a widely respected urologist at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital and prominent local leader and philanthropist.

He has served as hospital chief of staff, president of the Athens County Medical Society, and doctor to more than 25,000 patients in the community. He was a devoted Rotarian, serving as local president and, after his retirement from surgery in 2009, as District Governor, and led numerous humanitarian projects both locally and abroad. He loved the generosity, lifelong friendship, creativity, and vibrancy of the people of Athens. He also committed a major portion of his life and resources to developing the education and economy of the region in India where he had grown up. He was especially proud of his role in developing GSG College, Umarkhed, Maharasthra, a rural college that now provides an advanced education to 2,000 students a year in a region that had no college.

He is survived by his wife, Sushila of Athens; two children, Atul of Newton, Massachusetts, and Meeta of Jersey City, New Jersey, and three grandchildren, Walker, Hattie, and Hunter Gawande.


A memorial service in Athens will be planned at a later date.