Martin Makary, MD

The problems he describes are real and disturbing...Dr. Makary argues that true reform will only come with full disclosure.

– The Wall Street Journal

About Keynote Speaker Martin Makary

Dr. Makary is a health care futurist, writing in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He has written extensively on the opioid crisis, organizational culture, and health care reform. He is the creator of The Surgery Checklist, developed at Johns Hopkins and popularized in the book the Checklist Manifesto. Dr. Makary has been named to America’s 20 Most Influential People in Health Care and Smartest People in Healthcare List by Becker’s Review.

Dr. Makary is the author of Mama Maggie – a book about his aunt, a nobel prize nominee – and Unaccountable, a book about health care transparency and Library Journal Book of the Year. A leading voice for doctors, he leads the national “Improving Wisely” project to lower health care costs in America and is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Opioid Research & Education (

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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.

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 its 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 its 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?

Creating A Culture of Safety

Dr. Makary, known as an international expert in patient safety, served in a leadership role at the United Nations World Health Organization for the Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative. In this program he discusses why he is an advocate for transparency in medicine and common-sense solutions to healthcare’s problems, such as The Surgical Checklist, which he developed at Johns Hopkins, and which was popularized in Atul Gawande’s best-selling book “Checklist Manifesto.” He further talks about transparency in healthcare and in 2013, Makary testified to the U.S. Congress on the need for more transparency in healthcare, including access of data to medical researchers, repeal of the SGR, and the release of government funded research to the public.

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KEYWORDS: Business of Healthcare, Care Delivery Systems, Change, Corporate Culture, Diet, Governance, Policy, Population Health, Reform, Workforce Issues