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Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Surgery, 1986
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency Program, General Surgery, 1984
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Internship Program, General Surgery, 1979
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • MD, 1978
    Duke University School of Medicine
  • BA, 1973
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery/Pediatric Surgery

National Provider ID: 1922198381


Kurt Newman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Children's National, is a surgeon and recognized leader in pediatric health nationally and in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Newman joined Children’s National as a surgical fellow in 1984 and became Surgeon-in-Chief and Senior Vice President for the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care in 2003. He was instrumental in developing the vision for the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National, inspired by the bold vision of making surgery for children minimally invasive and pain-free. When the Institute was created in 2009, Dr. Newman served as founding Vice President.

Dr. Newman is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is a graduate of 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.

Currently, Dr. Newman serves as the chair of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees and previously served as the Chair of the Committee on Advocacy and Policy. He is also a member of the board of directors for the District of Columbia Hospital Association. In addition, Dr. Newman serves on the board of the Economic Club of Washington, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Federal City Council, D.C. Chamber of Commerce and Fight for Children. Previously, he served as a board member of commissioners of the Joint Commission, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, as Chair of the Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success in Virginia.

In 2017, Dr. Newman’s medical memoir, Healing Children: A Surgeon’s Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine, debuted as an Amazon bestseller in pediatrics.