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Martin Adel Makary, M.D., M.P.H.

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Surgical Director, Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Pancreatitis Center

Professor of Surgery


Languages: English, Arabic

Expertise: Abdominal Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopy, Bile Duct Surgery, Distal Pancreatectomy, Frey Procedure, Gallbladder Surgery, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Gastrointestinal Tumors, General Surgery, Geriatric Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Laparoscopic Pancreas Surgery, Laparoscopic Whipple Procedure, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Neuroendocrine Tumors, Pancreatic Auto Islet Transplant, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreatic Tumors, Pancreatitis, Stomach Tumors, Surgical Oncology, Transplant Surgery, Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL), Whipple Procedure more

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

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508

600 N. Wolfe Street
Osler Building, Suite 624
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-6845
Fax: 410-955-8110

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508

601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-6845
Fax: 410-955-8110

Sibley Memorial Hospital
Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508

5255 Loughboro Road NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20016 map


Dr. Martin A. Makary is the surgical director of the Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Pancreas Clinic, the chief of minimally invasive pancreatic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University and a professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has pioneered new pancreas operations at Johns Hopkins, including laparoscopic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy, laparoscopic Whipple procedure and laparoscopic islet autotransplantation to prevent postoperative diabetes. Dr. Makary is board certified in general surgery and among the few highest-volume laparoscopic pancreas surgeons in the United States. He practices out of Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in Baltimore, Md. 

Dr. Makary has expertise in various kinds of surgery, including abdominal surgery, bile duct surgery, gallbladder surgery, geriatric surgery and pancreas surgery, as well as advanced laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery, frey procedure and whipple procedure. In addition, Dr. Makary has pancreatic expertise in distal pancreatectomy, pancreatic auto islet transplant, pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. He specializes in other cancers as well, such as gastrointestinal tumors, neuroendocrine tumors, stomach tumors and surgical oncology. 

Dr. Makary earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. He completed a residency in general surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. 

Dr. Makary is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He served in leadership roles at the United Nations’ World Health Organization Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative. In 2014, Becker’s Magazine named him one of America’s 40 Smartest People in Healthcare.

Dr. Makary has research interests in operative risk assessment in the elderly, cancer therapy, minimally invasive surgery, health services research, occupational safety, diabetes and obesity. Dr. Makary has contributed to various publications, presented nationally on quality and safety in health care and the future of medicine, and is a frequent television medical commentator. Dr. Makary was the lead author of the original scientific articles describing the surgical checklist and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Unaccountable, a book about physician-led efforts to increase transparency and improve quality in healthcare. more


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

Departments / Divisions

  • Surgery - Surgical Oncology
  • Surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital - Surgical Oncology



  • MD, Thomas Jefferson University (1998)


  • MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center / Surgery (2003)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / Surgery-General (2006)
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