In his best-selling book The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande, 44, makes a compelling case for using simple checklists in medicine and other fields. Here are the two reasons Gawande is one of the most influential healers in the world.
First: Making a lasting contribution to society and to a profession. Gawande once said, "It turns out you can be a doctor and be almost anything else." That realization led him to become a researcher, a practicing physician, a Harvard professor, a lecturer, an author and a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton. His studies on surgical procedures and health costs as well as his advocacy for reform have had a profound impact on medicine and policy. The new health-reform law has Gawande's fingerprints all over it. Check.
Second: The likelihood of similar future impact. In this historic time for health policy, the need for smart, creative thinkers is greater than ever. Gawande certainly is one and it is equally certain his influence will grow. Check.
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