About

Marty Makary MD, MPH

Dr. Marty Makary is a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research has focused on measuring quality in health care, improved outcomes, medical errors, and unnecessary tests and treatments. He was the creator of the original Surgical Checklist later popularized in the book The Checklist Manifesto. He served on the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Surgery Checklist workgroup and chaired the W.H.O. technical workgroup on measuring surgical quality worldwide.

He is the author of Unaccountable, a book about doctor-led efforts to make health care better for patients, and Mama Maggie about the inspiring work a Nobel Prize nominee in the Middle East. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and TIME Magazine. He is a medical commentator for FOX News and NBC’s TODAY show, where he highlights the top health headlines from the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine.

At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Makary is chief of Islet Transplantation Surgery and director of minimally-invasive pancreas surgery. In 2006, Dr. Makary was named the Mark Ravitch endowed Chair of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Johns Hopkins, and in 2010 was named Director of Surgical Quality & Safety at Johns Hopkins. Last year, Dr. Makary was named to America’s 20 Most Influential People in Health Care by Health Leaders Magazine.

Dr. Makary completed his education at Bucknell University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Harvard University and completed his general surgery residency at Georgetown University and further sub-specialty training in GI and cancer surgery at Johns Hopkins.