Marty Makary, M.D.
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Marty Makary, M.D.

Leading healthcare expert and renowned Johns Hopkins surgeon Marty Makary, M.D. discusses the future of health care and the importance of transparency in making the most informed decisions for our well-being.

Health Care Futurist, Best-Selling Author; NBC News & FOX News Medical Commentator; Johns Hopkins Surgeon and Professor of Health Policy

Expertise In:

  • U.S. Health Care Economics
  • U.S. Health Care Policy
  • Global Health
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Health Care Sciences

Audience & Industry

  • The Health Care Industry
  • Associations

Leading healthcare expert and renowned Johns Hopkins surgeon Marty Makary, M.D.  discusses the future of health care and the importance of transparency in making the most informed decisions for our well-being.

Dr. Makary is the author of The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care And How To Fix It and a leading health care voice writing in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. A surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Makary serves jointly as a professor of health policy & management and is frequent commentator for NBC and Fox News. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of Unaccountable, which was turned into the TV medical series The Resident, and speaks frequently on the future of health care and what it means for everyday Americans, business leaders, and health care professionals.

Dr. Makary is the lead author of the first publications on the surgical checklist and served in leadership with Atul Gawande on the World Health Organization Surgery Checklist project. He has published over 250 scientific articles, including the landmark articles on organizational culture, patient safety, special issues in older Americans, opioid prescribing guideline, and disruptive innovation in health care. His current research focuses on the appropriateness of medical care, health care costs, drug prices, medical billing, and vulnerable populations. As a gastrointestinal surgeon, he is also an advocate for healthy foods and lifestyle medicine. 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. His newest book, The Price We Pay, describes today’s disruptors of health care and new efforts to restore medicine to its mission. Dr. Makary currently serves as the executive director of Improving Wisely, a national project to reduce unnecessary care and lower health care costs in America.

Featured Experiences

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?

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 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?

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.


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