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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

Male

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 ...read more

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

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Sibley Memorial Hospital
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5255 Loughboro Road NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20016 map

Background

Dr. Makary is a surgical oncologist and chief of the Johns Hopkins Islet Transplant Center.  He is a clinical lead for the Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub and serves as Executive Director of Improving Wisely, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project to lower health care costs in the U.S. by creating measures of appropriateness in health care.

Dr. Makary’s research focuses on the creation and evaluation of new health care innovations. He is the creator of the Surgery Checklist, publishing its first description and later served on the W.H.O. Safe Surgery Saves Lives committee.  He led the W.H.O. workgroup to create global measures of surgical quality. Dr. Makary has published over 200 scientific articles, including the first description of “frailty” impacting surgical outcomes, the original studies on safety culture measurement in hospitals, and an evaluation of the Orphan Drug Act.  

He is a leading voice for physicians, writing in The Wall Street Journal, and is the author of The New York Times best-selling book Unaccountable about patient safety and physician-led transparency efforts in health care.  Dr. Makary is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Center For Surgical Outcomes Research and Clinical Trials and is the recipient of numerous grants to evaluate the effectiveness of new surgical technology and new interventions in health care.  

He serves jointly as a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a professor of health policy & management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He has pioneered new pancreas operations at Johns Hopkins, including the laparoscopic Whipple procedure.  He performed the first series of laparoscopic islet auto-transplantation and other laparoscopic operations in field of surgery. Dr. Makary is among the few highest-volume laparoscopic pancreas surgeons in the United States.  He is the recipient of the National Pancreas Foundation Nobility in Science Award.

Dr. Makary is a graduate of Bucknell, Thomas Jefferson and Harvard University.  He completed his surgical training at Georgetown University and his fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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Titles

  • 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

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Thomas Jefferson University (1998)

Residencies

  • MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center / Surgery (2003)

Board Certifications

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