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The Bleeding Edge Hero of the Week: Dr. Marty Makary

By September 4, 2018Uncategorized

“We attract good people in healthcare, but there’s this tremendous hunger to have the latest gadgets, the newest technology, without the proper evaluation of that technology. So we shouldn’t be surprised when some of the healthcare goes wrong.”

– Dr. Marty Makary


Dr. Makary is one of the nation’s leading advocates for healthcare transparency and a renowned surgeon at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. With a vested interest in the responsible creation and evaluation of healthcare innovations, Dr. Makary’s lifelong work has focused on measuring health care quality, health care costs, and advocating for vulnerable populations.

Dr. Makary has led initiatives such as The Surgical Checklist, and has served in leadership roles as part of the United Nations’ WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative. He speaks nationally and internationally on the need for patient-centeredness in healthcare and the dangers of business-centered health care.

He explains the issue in “The Bleeding Edge” documentary, “…[how] the [da Vinci] robot came into healthcare is the story of what’s wrong with medicine in America today. Massive adoption of new technology with little evaluation of the outcomes.”

A frequent commentator on television, Dr. Makary has successfully brought the conversation of medical device safety and consumer safety into American households. In addition, he is the author of hundreds of articles for outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New England Journal of Medicine, and JAMA.  He is the New York Times bestselling book, Unaccountable, which sheds light on the crucial role healthcare transparency holds in empowering patients and revolutionizing medicine, and was turned into the hit TV medical series THE RESIDENT which debuted on Fox in January 2018. His newest book on the Money Games of Medicine hits bookstores in early 2019.

“The Bleeding Edge” filmmakers commend Dr. Makary for his continuous call for more transparency in healthcare, and celebrate his remarkable lifelong service to the medical field.

Watch Dr. Marty Makary in the Netflix Original documentary, “The Bleeding Edge”.