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Professor Mark Taubert

Professor Mark Taubert

Consultant in Palliative Medicine & Honorary Professor School of Medicine

School of Medicine

Velindre NHS Trust



  • NHS Consultant and Clinical Director
  • Professor Cardiff University School of Medicine since 2020
  • National Chair Advance Care Planning Strategy Group
  • Byw Nawr Live Now Coalition clinical lead 2015-2019
  • Harvard Medical School GCSRT programme faculty
  • Welsh End of Life Care Board
  • Compassionate Communities Cymru Steering Group member since 2019
  • NHS Wales Bevan Commission Steering Group
  • RCGP & Partners EOLC Group 'What Matters Most' Charter
  • BMJ Group Editor - Supportive & Palliative Care

Public engagement work:

Authored articles include Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Guardian, Telegraph, Chicago Tribune, The Times, The Independent, Big Issue, BBC NewsHuffPost UK

Television: BBC Horizon We Need to Talk About Death, ITV's BAFTA winning Hospital of Hope

Cultural collaborations include a West End show in London's Soho Theatre entitled "The Colours" & a National Theatre Wales' production "As Long As The Heart Beats"  Featured on two palliative care themed recordings for BBC Listening Project 2019 and 2020. A touring classical music string quartet composition featuring Mark reading a letter, premiered at the Royal Northern College of Music



Professor Mark Taubert is a palliative medicine hospital consultant and clinical director at Velindre University NHS Trust. His teaching and research activities at Cardiff University include advance care planning, acute palliative care, technology & new media and DNACPR decision making. He is the founder of and has a national lead role to improve public understanding on topics relevant to care in the last years of life and at the extreme ends of medicine. He has delivered a Ted Talk on subtleties in language that are relevant to modern healthcare delivery, and writes for international news outlets like the Washington Post, where his article was a top pick for 2019.

Mark took part in a BBC Horizon programme alongside the presenter Kevin Fong, and has also done extensive media work with television, theatre and radio. He has talked about medical topics at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at Hay Literary Festival and the Science Museum in London. He has also featured on two BBC Listening Projects. A few years ago he wrote a public letter to the singer David Bowie, which discussed the importance of good palliative care. It went viral online and in global newsrooms, and was read out by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jarvis Cocker. 

Author:  Al Jazeera  The Telegraph   The Guardian   Washington Post   Huff Post UK   BMJ   The Times  Hay Literary Fest International Writers  Quillette  Wales Online  Bevan Commission  BBC News Authored Articles  New Scientist

Featured in:  NBC  CNN  Guardian  BBC World  El Mundo  Billboard  Radio 4 'A Life in Music'  Himalayan Times  NME   Rolling Stone  Western Mail  BBC Radio 4  Edinburgh Fringe  BBC Fortunately  Guardian Universities  Hay Festival Podcast  Wales Online

Letters of Note: David Bowie   BBC News feature   BBC Radio 3   Benedict Cumberbatch  Remedy School of Medicine Edition 24   Cardiff Uni Alumni News  Jarvis Cocker























Teaching, Supervision & Projects:

Education Engagement activity:

Examples of speaker engagements:

Professor Taubert has published more than one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts on medical topics including:

- Ceilings of Treatment and Escalation of Care

- Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

- Technology in Palliative Care

- New Media

- Advance Care Planning

- Patient and carer involvement

- Out-of-hours palliative care

A list of publications can be found here.