Dr Ian Makey was born in New Orleans LA and was raised in Meridian MS. He attended Millsaps College in Jackson MS where he played four years of Division 3 soccer and tennis. After college he taught spoken English to Chinese college students in Wuhan China. He attended Tulane Medical School when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans during his senior year. He completed his General Surgery training and Cardiothoracic training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston MA. He is board certified in General Surgery and board eligible for Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has research interests in Lung Volume Reduction Surgery and operative risk prediction. He has worked with engineers on several medical devices for which two provisional patents have been awarded.