Kurt Newman, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, has been an integral part of the Children’s National family for more than 30 years as a surgeon and a leader. Dr. Newman is focused on applying innovation in all aspects of care and research, forming creative connections in the community and throughout the industry, and always doing the right thing for children and families.
Dr. Newman began as a surgeon at Children’s National in 1984, and became the Surgeon-In-Chief and Senior Vice President for the Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care in 2003. He was instrumental in creating the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National, which was made possible through a $150 million gift, inspired by the audacious vision to make surgery for children minimally invasive and pain free. Dr. Newman served as the Founding Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute when it was created in 2009.
A recognized expert in advancing pediatric healthcare quality and outcomes, Dr. Newman has consulted with several children's hospitals in conjunction with the Child Health Corporation of America. Before becoming CEO, he held prominent roles in several medical societies including serving as a Board Member of Commissioners of The Joint Commission, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and as Chair of the Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. As CEO, Dr. Newman serves as the Chair of the Children’s Hospital Association Leadership Committee on Advocacy and Policy and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors for the District of Columbia Hospital Association and is a member of the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success in Virginia. In addition to his involvement in medical and healthcare associations, Dr. Newman is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and has authored numerous scientific publications and books.
Dr. Newman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his medical education at Duke University. He completed his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and also served as the Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He did his pediatric surgical fellowship at Children's National and then joined the attending staff at Children's National, where he has remained since that time.