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Marty Makary, M.D.

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

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.

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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.

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Marty Makary, M.D.’s Speech Topics

  • Preparing for the future of COVID-19

    Dr. Makary will review the latest science and data on the coronavirus and discuss the impact of climate, seasonality, travel and population density on it’s spread. He will also explain why the models were wrong and how organizations and individuals can plan for a new normal. While the characteristics of a second wave represent uncharted waters, Dr. Makary summarizes the leading viewpoints from top scholars based on their clinical wisdom and epidemiological history to anticipate a range of what to expect next. He will also review the latest in therapeutics including some promising treatments that are being crafted at top universities around the world.

  • Update on Coronavirus: What’s Next and How to Adapt Your Business

    Every company, especially non-hospitals, is scrambling to get good guidance in the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly accurate information. As a leading healthcare expert and surgeon at Johns Hopkins, Makary will educate organizations on the latest and what's about to break – and clear through the misinformation that's coming from some government officials and departments. Makary will be available to provide consultations and present via remote teleconference.

  • 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?
  • 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 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?

What other organizations say about Marty Makary, M.D.

Dr. Makary’s presentation was very well received with enthusiastic participation in the Q&A that followed. Marty is an excellent speaker that presents the healthcare clinical care, cost/financial and quality of care topics in a manner that is both thought provoking and humorous. One might ask how these topics could be humorous but he did a great job of weaving stories and pundits into his material and it was most enlightening, thought provoking and entertaining. Simply excellent! We were fortunate to have him as a speaker and I am fortunate to know of yet another surgeon with outstanding credentials who lives in DC and practices at JHHS. If you haven’t heard him speak personally, I would highly recommend it.

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What other organizations say about Marty Makary, M.D.

Marty Makary was simply superb! His talk was incredibly engaging and a perfect start to the meeting. I could not have hoped for better.

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What other organizations say about Marty Makary, M.D.

Dr. Marty Makary spoke at the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s 2015 Virginia Patient Safety Summit in Richmond, Virginia. The evaluations for his presentation were outstanding. Some of the attendees comments: Fantastic, Best Speaker, Excellent Presentation, Great! Awesome! Engaging, with Sense of Humor! EXCELLENT AND INSPIRING!, Wonderful, Best of the Conference, Excellent Presenter! Overall the response was a big WOW!! Dr. Makary is a pleasure to work with for any event!

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