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2015 NPF Nobility in Science Recipient

National Pancreas Foundation to Honor Dr. Marty Makary with 2015 Nobility in Science Award 

BETHESDA, MD – Oct. 14, 2015 – The National Pancreas Foundation will honor Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins Medicine with the 2015 Nobility in Science award, which recognizes individuals who have 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,” said 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.”

Dr. Makary will accept the Nobility in Science award at NPF’s annual “Night at the Newseum” gala in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.

Dr. Makary currently serves as surgical director of the Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Pancreas Clinic and chief of minimally invasive pancreas surgery. He has pioneered several new laparoscopic pancreas operations and is among the few highest-volume laparoscopic pancreas surgeons in the United States. He is also a professor of health policy & management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A graduate of Harvard, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins medical programs, Dr. Makary has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and The New England Journal of Medicine, among other publications, on topics such as medical quality, patient safety and special issues of elderly patients. Dr. Makary 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 healthcare.

A frequent television commentator on medical issues, Dr. Makary speaks nationally on quality and safety in healthcare and the future of medicine, and has previously served in leadership roles at the United Nations W.H.O. Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative.

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 National Pancreas 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 NPF raises and manages a charitable foundation from which grants are made directly to researchers seeking to resolve the challenging medical problems of pancreatic diseases. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients who are suffering from all forms of pancreas disease – pediatric pancreatitis, acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. 30 NPF Centers were recently announces for the care and treatment of patients with pancreatitis and a National Patient Registry is in development, for individuals suffering the isolating and debilitating conditions associated with pancreatic disease and for the medical community.

For more information about Night at the Newseum, please contact Christine Scerra at 646-278-6727 or

Media Contacts 

Matthew Alsante, Executive Director, National Pancreas Foundation, (866) 726-2737,