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Associate Professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Marty Makary is a gastrointestinal surgeon, researcher and expert in healthcare and nutrition. His New York Times bestseller Unaccountable, which details the revolutionary effects of transparency on healthcare, is a Library Journal Book of the Year. He was a leading expert on the World Health Organization’s technical workgroup that developed metrics for measuring surgical quality around the globe.

The recipient of the “Best Teacher" award at Georgetown University Medical School, Dr. Makary has published over 150 papers or articles on medical quality and health policy. He regularly appears on CNN and FOX News as a medical commentator.

Named one of the“20 Most Influential Leaders in American Healthcare” by Health Leaders Magazine, Dr. Makary has been funded by the Department of Health & Human Services for the study of surgical outcomes; his current research is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality and aims to implement an intervention which will decrease surgical complications in one hundred American College of Surgeons participating hospitals. He is a member of the leadership council of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. In addition to his writing, speeches and public service, Dr. Makary still practices laparoscopic surgical oncology and gastrointestinal surgery and is also the director of the Johns Hopkins Pancreas Islet Transplantation Center.

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Dr. Marty Makary is the New York Times best-selling author of Unaccountable, a 2012 Library Journal “Book of the Year”—a book about how transparency is revolutionizing medicine and empowering patients. He is a leading healthcare expert and was the lead author of the original publications on the surgery checklist. He led the World Health Organization technical workgroup on developing metrics to measure surgical quality worldwide. Dr. Makary is a gastrointestinal surgeon, researcher and associate professor of health policy & management at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Makary is a medical commentator for CNN and FOX News and speaks on a wide variety of current health topics. A dynamic public speaker, he received the “Best Teacher” award for Georgetown University Medical School. His current efforts focus on common-sense reforms for healthcare and transparency of medical information. He is the author of over 150 publications on medical quality and health policy.

Dr. Makary is the recipient of grants from the Department of Health & Human Services to study surgical outcomes and is currently funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) to implement an intervention to decrease surgical complications in 100 American College of Surgeons participating hospitals. He serves on the leadership council of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). In 2013, Dr. Makary was named one of the “20 Most Influential Leaders in American Healthcare” by Health Leaders Magazine.

As a surgeon, he practices laparoscopic surgical oncology and gastrointestinal surgery. He is the director of the Johns Hopkins Pancreas Islet Transplantation Center. He lives in the Washington D.C. area.


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Marty Makary-The Future of Surgery


“I'd like to be very open and honest about this concept of safety, because so far we've been congratulating ourselves on our successes and not looking at the realities of the challenges," says Dr. Martin Makary as he explores the future of surgery. “We've often felt that culture drives patient care but we haven't found a good way to measure it." He outlines the new research methods he has developed to unveil what is truly going on inside hospitals.

Dr. Martin Makary Speaks to Team Sarcoma Participants



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Dr. Makary brings his experience as professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins University to a series of speeches investigating the transformation taking place in medicine in the USA. He examines the effects of Obamacare, from a nonpartisan perspective, detailing the effect it will have on every business and individual in the USA.

Through entertaining use of anecdotes, he lays out his vision of the future of healthcare with his nonpartisan, commonsense solutions. He has a particular focus on issues of transparency and how it can improve healthcare and patient choice for the better.

An expert on nutrition, he explores the myths and truths of healthy living, cutting through the mixed messages with the latest research on diet, exercise and disease prevention to provide a clear and no-nonsense holistic approach to a long and healthy life.

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?





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Unaccountable What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Ca

Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

Dr. Marty Makary is co-developer of the life-saving checklist outlined in Atul Gawande's bestselling The Checklist Manifesto. As a busy surgeon who has worked in many of the best hospitals in the nation, he can testify to the amazing power of modern medicine to cure. But he's also been a witness to a medical culture that routinely leaves surgical sponges inside patients, amputates the wrong limbs, and overdoses children because of sloppy handwriting. Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why? To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Unaccountable is a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.

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?


Marty Makary-The Future of Surgery


“I'd like to be very open and honest about this concept of safety, because so far we've been congratulating ourselves on our successes and not looking at the realities of the challenges," says Dr. Martin Makary as he explores the future of surgery. “We've often felt that culture drives patient care but we haven't found a good way to measure it." He outlines the new research methods he has developed to unveil what is truly going on inside hospitals.

Dr. Martin Makary Speaks to Team Sarcoma Participants