Dr. Marty Makary

Dr. Marty Makary

Physician, Health Policy Expert & Medical Commentator
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Program Descriptions

  • The Culture of Medicine: Trends in American Healthcare
  • The Future of Healthcare: What to expect tomorrow morning?
  • Teamwork and Communication: The art of Reliability at the Workplace
  • Organizational Culture: Commonalities of Great Places to Work
  • The Heritage of American Medicine: A Tradition of Masterful Perfection
  • Patient Safety: What Really Moves the Needle?
  • Checklists in Medicine: The development of the W.H.O. Checklist and Beyond
  • Living Healthy: The myths and truths about healthy foods
  • Why Book Dr. Marty Makary?

  • He is a leading patient safety expert and was named one of America’s 20 most influential leaders in healthcare by Health Leaders magazine.

  • Makary is an advocate for transparency in healthcare and speaks on the need for hospitals to make their outcomes available to consumers by providing them with options based on performance.

  • Biography Read more

    Dr. Marty Makary is a surgeon and researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of Unaccountable by Bloomsbury Press and a national advocate for transparency in health care.

    Dr. Makary was the lead author of the original publications on the surgery checklist which he and Dr. Pronovost adapted from their experience with patient safety in the ICU. He subsequently served in leadership roles at the United Nations W.H.O., where the surgery checklist was adopted and expanded to become the W.H.O. surgery checklist. Dr. Makary also led the W.H.O. technical workgroup on developing metrics to measure surgical quality worldwide.

    Dr. Makary’s current efforts focus on patient empowerment through increased transparency of medical information. He speaks nationally on the future of health care, accountability in medicine,

    and new innovations to streamline health systems. He is the author of over 150 publications and a leading textbook of surgery. Dr. Makary is the recipient of grants from the Department of Health & Human Services to study surgical outcomes and is currently funded by 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) and is a frequent medical commentator for CNN and Fox News.

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


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    "Very positive feedback from the audience. Marty did a great job."

    "Everything went great. I’ve heard nothing but positive comments last night and this morning. He was a delight!"
    --St. Rita's

    "Dr. Makary offered his insight related to healthcare transparency and workplace culture. Everyone loved his anecdotal reflections and storytelling of personal experiences."
    --Indiana Association for Health Quality

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