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.
Dr. Newman is an expert in advancing the practices required to constantly improve pediatric quality and outcomes. He has served as a consultant to several children's hospitals in conjunction with the Child Health Corporation of America. He previously served on the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and was Chair of the Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Newman is the author or co-author of numerous scientific publications and book chapters.
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.