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Martin Adel Makary, MD MPH

Surgical Director, Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Pancreas Clinic
Professor of Surgery
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Call 410-464-6641 (8a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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  • Surgical Director, Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Pancreas Clinic
  • Chief, Minimally-Invasive Pancreas Surgery
  • Professor of Surgery

Centers & Institutes

  • Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Comprehensive Transplant Center
  • Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Center
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center


Abdominal Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopy, Bile Duct Surgery, Distal Pancreatectomy, Frey Procedure, Gallbladder Surgery, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Gastrointestinal Tumors, General Surgery, Geriatric Surgery, Laparoscopic Pancreas Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Neuroendocrine Tumors, Pancreatic Auto Islet Transplant, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatitis, Stomach Tumors, Surgical Oncology, Transplant Surgery, Whipple Procedure, Whipple Procedure, Laparoscopic

Research Interests

Operative Risk Assessment in the Elderly; Cancer Therapy; Minimally-Invasive Surgery; Health Services Research; Occupational Safety; Diabetes; Obesity


Dr. Martin "Marty" Makary is chief of minimally-invasive pancreas surgery and has pioneered new pancreas operations at Johns Hopkins, including laparoscopic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy, laparoscopic Whipple, and laparoscopic islet autotransplantation to prevent postoperative diabetes. Dr. Makary is among the few highest-volume laparoscopic pancreas surgeons in the U.S.

In addition to a busy clinical practice, Dr. Makary is a professor of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health. His work focuses on medical quality, patient safety and special issues of elderly patients. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. He is a frequent television medical commentator and speaks nationally on quality and safety in healthcare and the future of medicine. Dr. Makary was the lead author of the original scientific articles describing the surgical checklist and served in leadership roles at the United Nations W.H.O. Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Unaccountable, a book about physician-led efforts to increase transparency and improve quality in healthcare. In 2014, he was named to America’s 40 Smartest People in Healthcare by Becker’s Magazine.

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

Dr. Makary provides next-day appointments and remote telephone consultations for patients with pancreas and GI tumors or patients with jaundice. Patients from outside of the U.S. and patients seeking remote consultations should mail a CD rom of their most recent CT scan to Dr. Makary directly Halsted 610, 600 N. Wolfe St, Baltimore MD 21287. Patients with metastatic disease in the liver should see a medical oncologist first. Dr. Makary does not serve as an expert witness in malpractice claims.

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    • Harvard School of Public Health (Boston MA ) (1998)
    • Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia PA ) (1998)


    • Georgetown University Medical Center / Surgery (Washington DC ) (2003)


    • General, American Board of Surgery - Surgery (2006)
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    Minimally Invasive Pancreatic Surgery Patient Story

    Johns Hopkins Surgical Oncologists Get Personal

    Learn more about Johns Hopkins cancer surgery at The surgical oncology team at Johns Hopkins gets personal as they speak about their role in treating their patients and what the Promise of Medicine means to them.

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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-502-6845
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508
    Fax: 410-955-8110
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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-502-6845
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508
    Fax: 410-955-8110
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