Talking Health Care with Dr. Marty Makary at The Ivy Bookshop, October 1

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Don’t forget this important discussion tonight at The Ivy – Join renowned surgeon Dr. Marty Makary, author of Unaccountable, as he discusses with Dr. Karen Boyle his ideas for reforming the American medical establishment.

Dr. Marty Makary is co-developer of the life-saving checklist outlined in Atul Gawande’s bestselling The Checklist Manifesto. As a busy surgeon who has worked in many of the best hospitals in the nation, he can testify to the amazing power of modern medicine to cure. But he’s also been a witness to a medical culture that routinely leaves surgical sponges inside patients, amputates the wrong limbs and overdoses children because of sloppy handwriting. Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why? To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Unaccountable is a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.

About the Author

Marty Makary, MD, MPH is a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a professor of Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is a regular medical commentator for CNN and FOX News, and appears weekly on a wide variety of programs to discuss health topics. He is a leading patient-safety researcher and led the World Health Organization effort to develop ways to measure healthcare quality. He lives in the Baltimore/DC area.

About the Moderator

Karen Elizabeth Boyle, MD, is Director of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Sexuality and Aesthetics at Chesapeake Urology Associates. Dr. Boyle graduated from Harvard with Honors and then attended Albany Medical College, where she graduated again with Honors and Distinction in Research. She completed her general surgery and urological surgery training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Boyle is extensively published in her areas of expertise. Her contributions to the fields of fertility, microsurgery and sexual health have been featured in many media outlets.

Dr. will appear at The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, on Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit The Ivy Bookshop website.



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  1. Hi Meg. I have heard of the book and the author and now plan to read it. Wish I could join you at his talk. I agree with him about the power of transparency.

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