Dr. Makary is a health care futurist, writing in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He has written extensively on the opioid crisis, organizational culture, and health care reform. He is the creator of The Surgery Checklist, developed at Johns Hopkins and popularized in the book the Checklist Manifesto. Dr. Makary has been named to America’s 20 Most Influential People in Health Care and Smartest People in Healthcare List by Becker’s Review.
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 and is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Opioid Research & Education (solvethecrisis.org). He is a frequent medical commentator of NBC and FOX News, commenting on policy and interpreting the latest health research for everyday folks. Dr. Makary is a cancer surgeon and teaches health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Using colorful stories and humor, Makary explains how lifestyle medicine, a new generation of doctors, and technology is shaping the future of health care.