Most heroes don’t think of themselves as extraordinary people.
In fact, if you were to ask any of the people on this list if they think of themselves as heroes, they’d probably say no.
What they all have in common, however, is a desire to make a difference.
This year’s list includes a doctor who has dedicated much of his life’s work to a subject many of us avoiding thinking about until it’s too late: sickness, aging and death. Atul Gawande isn’t just a doctor, he’s a father and a journalist who has shined a light on subjects like the spread of Ebola and the the long-term impacts of the Affordable Care Act.
“Our most cruel failure in how we treat the sick and the aged is the failure to recognize that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer,” he said.
While Gawande is fairly well known, some of the heroes on