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Dr. Marty Makary

Health Care Futurist; New York Times Best-Selling Author; NBC News & Fox News Medical Commentator; John Hopkins Surgeon and Professor of Health Policy

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Dr. Marty Makary is the New York Times best-selling author of Unaccountable, a 2012 Library JournalBook of the Year—a book about how transparency is revolutionizing medicine and empowering patients. He is also the author of Mama Maggie: The Untold Story of One Woman’s Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Egypt’s Garbage Slums, which chronicles a Nobel Prize nominee known as the Mother Theresa of Egypt. Dr. Makary is a leading expert on workplace culture 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 and is a gastrointestinal surgeon, researcher and associate professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Makary has written for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Bio

Dr. Makary is a health care futurist, Johns Hopkins surgeon, and Professor of Public Health. Makary is a frequent medical commentator on NBC and FOX News and a leading voice for physicians, writing for the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He advises policy leaders at the highest levels of government on health care and leads an advocacy effort to re-build the public trust in American hospitals.

Dr. Makary is a champion of lifestyle medicine and the re-design of how people interface with the health care system. As gastrointestinal surgeon, he is a strong proponent of healthy foods and the impact of the microbiome on health.

His bestselling book The Price We Pay is a call to re-build the public trust in the medical profession. He advocates for the new movement of relationship-based clinics that spend time with patients to address the social, economic, and lifestyle determinants of health. His book has been described as “a must-read for every American” by Steve Forbes and a “deep dive into the real issues driving up the cost of health care” by Dr. Don Berwick. His previous bestselling book Unaccountable was adapted for television into the hit medical series The Resident.

Dr. Makary has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and named one of America’s 20 most influential people in health care by Health Leaders magazine. He is the Editor-in-Chief of MedPage Today and speaks frequently the future of health and health care. His current research focuses on the appropriateness of medical care and the impact of the health care cost crisis on low-income populations. Using a non-partisan approach, Dr. Makary explains the current billing-throughput system of medical care and explains how the disruptors who are revolutionizing the way we get care.

Dr. Makary was the lead author the Surgical Checklist and later served in leadership with Atul Gawande on the World Health Organization Surgery Checklist project. Makary has published more than 250 scientific articles, including articles on organizational culture in health care, price and quality transparency, and public health.

Speech Topics

Dr. Makary, a surgeon and leading health care expert, reviews the current state of medicine and how to prepare for the future of health care.  With regulatory and paperwork burdens crushing doctors, he identifies the disruptors that are saying no to the throughput-billing model of practicing medicine and saying yes to a more patient-centered, relationship-based model that embraces technology, lifestyle science, and a competitive marketplace designed to bypass the middlemen and put physicians back in the driver’s seat.  Dr. Makary, a New York Times bestselling author, will also discuss his newest book The Price We Pay and the grassroots effort to reform health care. The movement to restore medicine to its mission, Makary argues, is alive and well–a mission that can rebuild the public trust and save our country from the crushing cost of health care.


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.


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.


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.


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.