Time magazine has come out with its annual 100 Most Influential People feature. As always, it’s an inspiring (and mildly controversial) list. Atul Gawande made the list under the “thinkers” category, and I’m glad he did – I recently read his book The Checklist Manifesto, which I highly recommend. From a career perspective, it was insightful as a way to understand how to get the most out of your team members and especially the people who work under you (briefly: empowerment can create results); and from a patient perspective, it’s helpful to know that so many healthcare professionals, namely surgeons, are now using a relatively simple method, the checklist, to decrease mistakes in the operating room. I feel that as a patient, the more knowledge we can gain, the more we can understand what our doctors are experiencing, the more we can connect with them and produce better health result for ourselves. There’s no doubt Atul Gawande is an accomplished and brilliant man, and certainly deserves this honor, along with Lady Gaga and her flame-throwing bra.