Dr. Martin Makary

Could Your Hospital Be Killing You?

Life-saving questions you must ask before tests, treatments and surgeries. Plus, tips for picking the right physician and hospital. And, find out the important difference between a cosmetic and a plastic surgeon.

The Importance of Surgical Checklists

Dr. Martin Makary, author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care, discusses the importance of surgical checklists combined with efficient teamwork so everyone on a surgical team can assist in...

Must-Ask Questions before Surgery

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Martin Makary, author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care, explain the must-ask questions people should address before electing to undergo a surgical...

Citizens for Patient Safety

Patty and David Skolnik tragically lost their only son, Michael, from complications after a brain surgery. Since Michael’s death, Patty founded Citizens for Patient Safety, an organization committed to promoting the safe health care of patients through...

Medical Mistakes and Mortality Rates

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork is joined by surgeon Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H. to discuss the alarming mortality rates caused by medical mistakes. Dr. Makary served as the co-director of The Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Group (QSRG), and...

Unnecessary Medical Treatments

The Institute of Medicine reports that up to 30 percent of all health care expenditures are unnecessary. For the first time, ER physician Dr. Travis Stork reveals how overtreatment caused him years of suffering as a patient -- an experience that...

Health Care Quotas

Retired neurosurgeon Philip Levitt, M.D., FACS was the former chairman of his department and reveals his firsthand experience dealing with hospital contracts and stipulated quotas.

Online Doctor Ratings

The Doctors and Dr. Martin Makary, author of "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care," discuss whether online doctor ratings should be the deciding factor when it comes to selecting a particular...

Avoiding a Common Surgical Mistake

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Martin Makary demonstrate how surgical sponges are accidentally left inside patients after operations. Plus, see how post-surgical radar is used to detect foreign objects that may have been left behind during...

Understanding Overtreatment

The Institute of Medicine reports that up to 30 percent of all health care expenditures, including high deductibles and insurance premiums, are unnecessary. To address health care costs, Dr. Martin Makary, author of "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t...