The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 19, 2013

Surgeon: TV shows have patience

Networks set interviews around operations, Valley honoree says

— DANVILLE — With a camera and studio at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Danville High graduate Dr. Marty Makary can be answering questions on cable television news shows about Obamacare and be prepping for surgery within 10 minutes.

“I can be speaking about a salmonella outbreak as I did last week or some type of public health issue,” he said Saturday. “The networks have been great to schedule this around my work with patients.”

Makary — a medical commentator for CNN and Fox News about four years, and who has appeared on ABC’s “20/20” and NBC’s “Rock Center” profiling his research — received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award from the Danville High School Alumni Association on Saturday in the Danville Primary School.

Among those attending the ceremony for Makary, 42, who performed the first laproscopic pancreas islet transplant operation in the United States, were his parents, Dr. Adel and Nadia Makary, of Danville. His father recently retired as chief of hematology at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, and his mother worked in the travel industry.

Makary, who lives near Washington, D.C., said he was flattered to be honored by the alumni association.

“I thank so many different people and groups that shaped me through the years,” he said of family, friends, church, high school teachers and fire and ambulance departments.

The 1989 Danville graduate served as an emergency medical technician with Danville ambulance and as a volunteer with the East End Fire Company while in high school, where he was student body president. While he did well in school, he said he wasn’t among the Top 10 in his class.

Makary’s first book for a general audience, “Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care,” was on the New York Times best-seller list after debuting last fall.

His work, published by Bloomsbury Press and opening one step higher than Steve Jobs’ book, was named Library Journal Book of the Year for 2012.

He is also a guest host on C-Span Book TV for health books.

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