Dr. Makary is a surgeon and researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of Unaccountable by Bloomsbury Press and a national advocate for transparency in health care.Dr. Makary was the lead author of the original publications on the surgery checklist which he and Dr. Pronovost adapted from their experience with patient safety in the ICU. He subsequently served in leadership roles at the United Nations W.H.O., where the surgery checklist was adopted and expanded to become the W.H.O. surgery checklist. Dr. Makary also led the W.H.O. technical workgroup on developing metrics to measure surgical quality worldwide.Dr. Makary’s current efforts focus on patient empowerment through increased transparency of medical information. He speaks nationally on the future of health care, accountability in medicine,and new innovations to streamline health systems. He is the author of over 150 publications and a leading textbook of surgery, in addition to the New York Times Best Selling Book, "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care." Dr. Makary is the recipient of grants from the Department of Health & Human Services to study surgical outcomes and is currently funded by AHRQ to implement an intervention to decrease surgical complications in 100 American College of Surgeons participating hospitals. He serves on the leadership council of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) and is a frequent medical commentator for CNN and Fox News. Clinically, he practices laparoscopic surgical oncology and is the director of the Johns Hopkins Pancreas Islet Transplantation Center. He lives in the Washington D.C. area.