Latest Articles and Media Appearances 

The New York Times | How to Reopen America Safely

May 14, 2020

Months ago, I called for a long lockdown. Now we must minimize collateral damage.

The Today Show | Having a black box in operating rooms might help save lives

December 15, 2019

Technology similar to black boxes on planes is being used in the operating room to test if it can help save the lives of patients. NBC News medical correspondent Dr. John Torres explains in this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

Newsweek | No Industry Hides Pricing From Its Customers Like Healthcare Does - This Has to Stop

October 02, 2019

Imagine if travel websites listed flights with no prices, as airline companies argued that they simply can't know the price before you fly.

USA Today | We spend about half our federal tax dollars on health care. That's ridiculous.

September 16, 2019

Politicians make lots of promises on health care. Maybe they should promise to get rid of waste.

MedPage Today | I Shed My White Coat to Find the Healthcare Bloat

September 12, 2019

Johns Hopkins surgeon details what has gone wrong in the health care industry and offers pathways to fix it. 

Wall Street Journal | Doctors Sound an Alarm Over Leg-Stent Surgery

September 10, 2019

Johns Hopkins researchers analyzing Medicare data say they’ve detected physicians performing what look like unnecessary vascular procedures.

MedPage Today | Hospitals Go From Serving to Sueing the Poor

September 09, 2019

Johns Hopkins surgeon details the industries fall from grace and how to restore medicine back to its mission. 

April 05, 2019

Research shows that it takes approximately 17 years for evidence to become broadly adopted into clinical practice. In the case of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) therapy, a simple and painless treatment alternative to drilling dental caries in children, we should move faster.

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February 26, 2018

A value-based approached rather than a technology-alone approach has the potential to transform our broken health care system.

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Fox News | Study: 1 in 16 surgery patients become chronic opioid users

August 07, 2017

Dr. Makary speaks out on the over-prescription problem

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August 04, 2017

For most of my surgical career, I gave out opioids like candy. My colleagues and I were unaware that about one in 16 patients...

July 16, 2017

Johns Hopkins surgeons have developed a minimally invasive surgery to address chronic pancreatitis, a painful condition that can be remedied by removing the pancreas. While some cases of chronic pancreatitis are caused by alcoholism, most come from a...

June 08, 2017

When I heard Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will not join his team on opening night of the NBA finals for health reasons, I thought “Oh my, he must have something serious.” Well he did, but it was not a virus or heart plaque—it was the endemic problem of too much medical care...

September 30, 2016

As it does every October, the NFL is set to “go pink” this Sunday to show support for the American Cancer Society’s efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. But make no mistake: The NFL will not contribute one dime to breast-cancer research in this campaign...

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CBS News | Medical errors killing Americans at a surprising rate

May 03, 2016

A new study released Tuesday found that preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Only heart disease and cancer claim more lives

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December 28, 2015

Is health care in America getting safer? This is a question that we all think about as doctors and patients. The answer seems to be not really. A new report found that hospitals have been gaming the system to make their re-admission numbers look good by putting patients...

December 20, 2015

The cost of drug prescriptions has become an issue in the presidential-primary season, most notably with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders competing to see who can do the most to protect the wallets of potential voters. Mrs. Clinton this fall proposed...

July 20, 2015

Greece’s bloated pension program is often cited as a primary cause of its crushing national debt, but its government-run health care system has been a significant and under-recognized contributor to the country’s crisis. The sad and appalling tale of how this came about has important lessons for other countries, especially the United States...

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