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President & CEO
Children's National Medical Center


Kurt Newman, MD, is President and CEO of Children’s National Health System, located in Washington, DC. Children’s National is ranked one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by US News & World Report and in 2017 was named #1 in the country for newborn care. Dr. Newman has served Children’s National for over 30 years, first as a surgeon, then Surgeon-in-Chief, and now CEO. He is also a professor of surgery and pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Science.

Dr. Newman guided the creation of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National, with the bold vision of making children’s surgery less invasive and pain free. As CEO, he has fostered a culture if patient-centered care and championed innovation in operations, clinical care, and research – including advancing the organization’s leadership in NIH pediatric medical research funding. He is a strong advocate for expanding mental health access for kids and has led two national forums on this issue.  He also plays a critical role in improving pediatric health and well-being nationally through his work on the Boards of the Children’s Hospital Association and Safe Kids Worldwide and as the author of numerous scientific publications and books.

Dr. Newman is the author of HEALING CHILDREN: A Surgeon’s Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine, which debuted in June 2017 as an Amazon Best-Seller in Pediatrics and earned critical praise in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and Harvard Business Review.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and of Duke Medical School. He completed his surgical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School before joining Children’s National.