Kurt Newman, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s National Hospital

Dr. Kurt Newman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s National Hospital. He is a surgeon and recognized leader in pediatric healthcare nationally and in Washington, D.C.

Since becoming CEO of Children’s National Hospital in 2011, he has fostered a culture of patient-centered care and championed a culture of innovation in research, operations and clinical care. Dr. Newman is a strong advocate for expanding mental health access for kids and has led two national forums on this issue. 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. 

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 and earned national attention and critical praise in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post and Harvard Business Review. 100 percent of the proceeds from his book go to pediatric research.