Marty Makary, MD

Marty Makary, MD

Healthcare Futurist, New York Times Best-Selling Author; NBC News & FOX News Medical Commentator; Johns Hopkins Surgeon and Professor of Health Policy

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Healthcare Futurist, New York Times Best-Selling Author;
NBC News & FOX News Medical Commentator;
Johns Hopkins Surgeon and Professor of Health Policy

Dr. Makary is a surgical oncologist and chief of the Johns Hopkins Islet Transplant Center.  He is a clinical lead for the Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub and serves as Executive Director of Improving Wisely, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project to lower health care costs in the U.S. by creating measures of appropriateness in health care.

Health Care Futurist

Dr. Makary’s research focuses on the creation and evaluation of new health care innovations. He is the creator of the Surgery Checklist, publishing its first description and later served on the W.H.O. Safe Surgery Saves Lives committee.  He led the W.H.O. workgroup to create global measures of surgical quality. Dr. Makary has published over 200 scientific articles, including the first description of “frailty” impacting surgical outcomes, the original studies on safety culture measurement in hospitals, and an evaluation of the Orphan Drug Act. 

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Dr. Makary is the author of Mama Maggie—a book about his aunt, a nobel prize nominee—and Unaccountable, a book about health care transparency and Library Journal Book of the Year.  A leading voice for doctors, he leads the national “Improving Wisely” project to lower health care costs in America. He is a frequent medical commentator of NBC and FOX News, commenting on policy and interpreting the latest health research for everyday folks.  Using colorful stories and humor, Makary explains how innovation is shaping the future of health care.

Professor of Surgery

He serves jointly as a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a professor of health policy & management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He has pioneered new pancreas operations at Johns Hopkins, including the laparoscopic Whipple procedure.  He performed the first series of laparoscopic islet auto-transplantation and other laparoscopic operations in field of surgery. Dr. Makary is among the few highest-volume laparoscopic pancreas surgeons in the United States.  He is the recipient of the National Pancreas Foundation Nobility in Science Award.

Education

Dr. Makary is a graduate of Bucknell, Thomas Jefferson and Harvard University.  He completed his surgical training at Georgetown University and his fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Understanding "Obamacare": Navigating the future of Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act allowed many provisions to be written and clarified over the years after its passage. A professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Makary provides an entertaining and informative non-partisan overview of how "Obamacare" that will impact every business and every person in America. On a day-to-day level, the new law changes the way we will all interface with our doctor, hospital and insurance company.

The Future of Healthcare

Using entertaining stories, Dr. Makary advocates for non-partisan, common-sense ways to address medicine’s challenges. He correlates the history of American medicine with it’s modern day conundrums. Healthcare is complex and it’s problems can be difficult to solve. Dr. Makary uses first-hand stories to illustrate the decision points that await policy makers and patients. He reviews the resultant scenarios and explains how consumers can prepare for upcoming changes to healthcare. In a non-partisan way, he highlights both the exciting positive changes in healthcare as well as it’s concerning trends. What will healthcare look like in 10 years? How can I prepare for the new healthcare landscape? What are the best and worst aspects to the new healthcare system ahead?

Modern Medicine's Transparency Revolution

Many people find the healthcare system difficult to navigate. Finding the best care can be a challenge even for the most educated consumer. Dr. Makary describes how a new movement in American Healthcare seeks to make medical care safer, more transparent, and more honest. He details how doctors are at the helm of a national effort to fully disclose everything from bedside options to hospital performance. What resources exist to help me find the best medical care? How can I make informed decisions about my care? What are the barriers for healthcare to conform to standard business principles?

The Myths And Truths About Living Healthy

With many mixed messages from medical research, how can one know what to do when it comes to maximizing their personal health. Dr. Makary reviews the bottom-line take home points from the latest research on diet, exercise, and disease prevention. He debunks many popular myths and offers the latest research on what really makes us healthy. He challenges the status quo teachings and advocates for a holistic approach to living long. From everything I hear on T.V. about my health, how can I know what to trust? Which traditional diet plans flawed and why? What the bottom-line when it comes to preventing health problems?

  • Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care
    Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care Purchase Book
  • Mama Maggie (International Edition): The Untold Story of One Woman's Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Egypt's Garbage Slums
    Mama Maggie (International Edition): The Untold Story of One Woman's Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Egypt's Garbage Slums Purchase Book

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  • Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care
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  • Mama Maggie (International Edition): The Untold Story of One Woman's Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Egypt's Garbage Slums
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Testimonials

  • Dr. Makary's presentation was very well received with enthusiastic participation in the Q&A that followed. Marty is an excellent speaker that presents the healthcare clinical care, cost/financial and quality of care topics in a manner that is both thought provoking and humorous. One might ask how these topics could be humorous but he did a great job of weaving stories and pundits into his material and it was most enlightening, thought provoking and entertaining. Simply excellent! We were fortunate to have him as a speaker and I am fortunate to know of yet another surgeon with outstanding credentials who lives in DC and practices at JHHS. If you haven't heard him speak personally, I would highly recommend it.


    HSRC and McKenna Foundation at ASU
  • Marty Makary was simply superb! His talk was incredibly engaging and a perfect start to the meeting. I could not have hoped for better.


    Pediatrix Medical Group
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