Martin Makary, MD
Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why? To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Dr. Makary delivers a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.
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Dr. Marty Makary is the New York Times bestselling author of "Unaccountable," a 2012 Library Journal Book of the Year's 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 outlined in Atul Gawande's bestselling book "The Checklist Manifesto." 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).