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Martin A. Makary, MD

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Osler 624, 600 N. Wolfe St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21231


The Price We Pay
Improving Wisely, The Wall Street Journal
Reopening America and COVID-19

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Dr. Makary is a public health expert and professor of health policy & management at Johns Hopkins. He has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and is a leading voice for physicians, writing for the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Dr. Makary's research focuses on the health care supply chain, the scientific evaluation of new medical interventions in medicine, and public health strategies. He is a New York Times bestselling author and serves as editor-in-chief of MedPage Today. His book The Price We Pay 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.

Dr. Makary is a champion of the re-design of how people interface with the health care system. A cancer specialist, he has a strong interest in the epidemiology of cancer, public health strategies to address obesity, the burden of commodities in low-income, frail, and minority communities, and antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Makary is also a strong proponent of healthy foods and the impact of the microbiome on disease.

Dr. Makary has multiple grants to study population health, the appropriateness of medical care, drug prices, and the impact of the health care cost crisis on low-income populations. He has written extensively on the disruptors who are revolutionizing health care.

Dr. Makary was the lead author the original articles describing a surgical checklist and later served in leadership with Atul Gawande on the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Surgery Checklist project. Makary has published more than 250 scientific articles, including articles on health care transparency, public health policy, and health reform.

Honors and Awards

Member, The National Academy of Medicine

Best Teacher Award, Georgetown Univeristy

Nobility in Science Award, National Pancreas Foundation

Dennis Jahnigan Research Award, American Geriatrics Society

Smartest People in Health Care, Becker's Review

Diplomat, American Board of Surgery


  • Public Policy
  • Public Health Policy
  • COVID-19
  • Health Care Costs
  • Appropriateness of Medical Care
  • Quality Measurement
  • Payment Reform
  • Evaluation of Health Care Innovation
  • Implementation Science
  • Opioid Epidemic
  • Surgical Care
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Drug Pricing
  • Price Transparency
  • Medical education
  • Vulnerable populations

Most highly cited articles for Martin A. Makary M.D.

  • First Publications introducing the surgery checklist: Makary MA et al. Operating room briefings: working on the same page. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2006 Jun;32(6):351-5. MA Makary et al. Operating room briefings and wrong site surgery. J Am Coll Surg 204(2),236-243. 2006 Dec 08. Nundy S, et al. Impact of Preoperative Briefings on Operating Room Delays
  • JAMA article creating measure of billing quality for U.S. health care: Matthews S, Makary MA. Billing Quality is Medical Quality, JAMA. Feb, 2020. JAMA editorial on Corporate Medicine and Hospital Monopolies: The Potential Hazards of Hospital Consolidation: Implications for Quality, Access, and Price. JAMA. 2015;314(13):1337-1338.
  • Article introducing a hospital survey of patient safety culture: Makary MA et. al., Patient Safety in Surgery. Ann Surg. 2006 May;243(5):628-32;
  • The association between frailty and patient outcomes: Makary MA et al., Frailty as a predictor of surgical outcome. J Am Coll Surg 2010;210:901–908.
  • A call to reform the Orphan Drug Act to lower drug prices in the U.S.