Dr. Marty Makary is the New York Times bestselling author of Unaccountable, a 2012 Library Journal Book of the Year—a book about how transparency is revolutionizing medicine and empowering patients. He is a leading healthcare expert and was the lead author of the original publications on the surgery checklist. He led the W.H.O. technical workgroup on developing metrics to measure surgical quality worldwide. Dr. Makary is a gastrointestinal surgeon, researcher, and associate professor of health policy & management at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Makary is a medical commentator for CNN and FOX News and speaks on a wide variety of current health topics. A dynamic public speaker, he received the best teacher award for Georgetown University Medical School. His current efforts focus on common-sense reforms for healthcare and transparency of medical information. He is the author of over 150 publications on medical quality and health policy. 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).
As a surgeon, he practices laparoscopic surgical oncology and gastrointestinal surgery. He is the director of the Johns Hopkins Pancreas Islet Transplantation Center. He lives in the Washington D.C. area.