Marty Makary, MD

Best-Selling Author, Surgeon and Professor of Public Health, Johns Hopkins

Dr. Marty Makary is the New York Times best-selling author of The Price We Pay, which has been described as a deep dive into the real issues driving up the price of health care” by Don Berwick and “A must-read for every American” by Steve Forbes. 

A professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Makary is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a leading voice for physicians, writing for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today and is a frequent medical commentator on Fox News. He has served in leadership roles at the World Health Organization and has published over 250 scientific articles on organizational culture, vulnerable populations, and health care costs.

His current research focuses on the appropriateness of medical care, health care costs, and innovative models of relationship-based care. He serves as the executive director of Improving Wisely, a national collaborative to reduce unnecessary care, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of  His previous books include Mama Maggie and Unaccountable, which was adapted for the hit T.V. series, The Resident.

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