Martin Makary Receives National Pancreas Foundation’s 2015 Nobility in Science Award

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Release Date: October 28, 2015

Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H.

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The National Pancreas Foundation has honored Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H., professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with the 2015 Nobility in Science award, which recognizes one individual each year who has made outstanding achievements in the areas of pancreatic research and treatment.

Marty Makary is a true pioneer in pancreatic surgery, especially in the development and implementation of minimally invasive methods,” says National Pancreas Foundation chair Joe Titlebaum. “This award is a commendation of his commitment to his patients, his passion for patient-centered care and his innovation in the field.”

Makary’s work focuses on medical quality, patient safety and disparities in health care. He was the lead author of the original scientific articles describing the surgical checklist and served in leadership roles at the United Nations’ World Health Organization Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative.

A graduate of Harvard, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins medical programs, Makary is a frequent television commentator on medical issues and has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and The New England Journal of Medicine, among other publications. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Unaccountable, a book about physician-led efforts to increase transparency and improve quality in health care. Recently, he was named one of America’s 20 most influential people in health care by HealthLeaders magazine.

Makary accepted the Nobility in Science award at the foundation’s annual Night at the Newseum gala in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 24.

“I’m deeply honored to receive this award, and I credit my entire team at Johns Hopkins for their minds, compassion and creativity to make a difference in the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis,” Makary says. “It’s a recognition that teamwork works wonders in health care. It’s a recognition that really belongs to my surgical partners, our nurses, staff and researchers dedicated to delivering great outcomes and an excellent patient experience.”


About the National Pancreas Foundation

Founded in 1997, the National Pancreas Foundation is the only organization dedicated to a cure for all diseases of the pancreas. The foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer by funding cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies, and providing support and education for patients, caregivers and health care professionals. To fulfill its mission, the foundation raises funds and manages a charitable foundation from which grants are made directly to researchers seeking to resolve the challenging medical problems of pancreatic diseases.

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