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April 24, 2014

TIME's '100 Most Influential': The health leaders on the list

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TIME Magazine on Wednesday released its annual list of the "100 Most Influential People," which includes eight leaders from across the globe who have influenced change in global health, hunger, and disease prevention.

According to the list, the "influential" leaders in health care include: 

  • Christy Turlington Burns. A fashion model-turned-humanitarian, Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts, which provides people in low-income countries with health education, medicine, and emergency care, with a focus on maternal health.

  • Ertharin Cousin. As the head of the United Nations World Food Program, Chicago-born Cousin is responsible for feeding over 100 million people each year. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Cousin's "goal is nothing short of eradicating global hunger in our lifetimes, creating a world where no child or adult knows the feeling of an empty stomach."

  • Aliko Dangote. As a wealthy businessman living on the financially-strapped continent of Africa, Dangote has dedicated his work to ridding Africans of infectious diseases. Nigeria is "on pace for its lowest number of polio cases ever" because of Dangote, writes Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


  • Robert Lanza. The chief scientific officer at Advanced Cell Technology has discovered a way to turn adult cells into stem cells that could be used to someday treat and cure diseases like Alzheimer's.

  • José Mujica. Uruguay's president made his nation the first to legalize the production and sale of marijuana. Political experts say his pioneering move may set the course for other countries to follow.

  • Arunachalam Muruganantham. After seeing his wife struggle to find affordable and hygienic sanitary napkins in his small south Indian town, Muruganantham designed a simple device that creates them cost-effectively. Instead of selling the machines for a profit, he supplies them to rural communities, helping millions of low-income women avoid painful urinary-tract infections.

  • David Sinclair. A Harvard geneticist, Sinclair has discovered a compound that makes old cells act young again—in a sense, reversing aging.

  • Alice Waters. A champion of eating locally grown food, chef Waters created the Edible Schoolyard Project to teach children about food production and make healthy food accessible to everyone (Sifferlin, TIME, 4/24; Sandberg et al., TIME, 4/23).

Hear from Lisa B—one of the nation's 'most influential' physicians

Modern Healthcare this year named Lisa Bielamowicz, the Advisory Board's Chief Medical Officer for Research & Insights, as one of the nation's most influential physicians.

See for yourself why leaders look to Lisa B. for insights—check out some of her latest thoughts on the health care industry, and Lisa's guidance to member organizations:

Who is the quarterback of the medical home team? In a short video, Lisa explains how to take advantage of the new care model.

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