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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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Dr. Makary is an advocate for health care innovation, writing in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He has written extensively on organizational culture, the science of measuring quality in medicine, and health care reform. Dr. Makary is principle investigator of a Robert Wood Foundation Grant to lower health care costs in the U.S. by creating physician-endorsed measures of appropriate medical care and directs the national “Improving Wisely” project to reduce waste in medicine. He speaks nationally on disruptive innovation in health care.

Dr. Makary is the author of two bestselling books: Mama Maggie—a book about a Nobel prize nominee—and Unaccountable, a book about health care transparency. Makary is a frequent medical commentator of NBC and FOX News, commenting on the health care cost crisis, the impact of new technology, and interpreting the latest medical research for everyday consumers. Dr. Makary is a surgical oncologist specializing in minimally-invasive surgery and teaches health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Makary is director of The Center for Opioid Research and Education and founder of SolveTheCrisis.org, a website that shares expert opioid prescribing recommendations for common medical procedures for clinicians and patients. The effort uses information to educate patients about opioids before they undergo surgery.

At Johns Hopkins he has served as the endowed chair of gastrointestinal surgery, director of surgical quality and safety, and founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center For Surgical Outcomes Research and Clinical Trials. He has published over 250 scientific articles, including the first description of the surgical checklist, the first study of “frailty” influencing patient outcomes, and the first series of laparoscopic pancreas islet transplant operations. He performed the original studies on surgical “never events” and safety culture measurement in health care. He currently serves as the chief of the Johns Hopkins Center for Islet Transplantation and director of the appropriateness in medicine project at Johns Hopkins.

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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.

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