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Professor Mark Taubert

Professor Mark Taubert

Consultant in Palliative Medicine & Honorary Professor School of Medicine

Velindre NHS Trust
Available for postgraduate supervision



  • NHS Consultant and Clinical Director
  • National Chair Advance/Future Care Planning Welsh Government & NHS Wales
  • Professor Cardiff University School of Medicine since 2020
  • Harvard Medical School global clinical scholars programme faculty 
  • Faculty of Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr Strategic International Community  
  • Compassionate Communities Cymru Steering Group member since 2019
  • NHS Wales Bevan Commission Steering Group
  • National Collaborating Centre for Cancer Management Board 2013-2016 
  • RCGP & Partners EOLC Group 'What Matters Most' Charter
  • BMJ Group Editor - Supportive & Palliative Care
  • Medicine (Elsevier journal) Editorial Board
  • ESMO designated centre for integrated oncology and palliative care lead

Public engagement work:

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

TEDx Talk: "Why language matters"

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

Cultural collaboration work and advisory roles: West End show in London's Soho Theatre entitled "The Colours";            National Theatre Wales' production "As Long As The Heart Beats" 

Two palliative care themed recordings for BBC Listening Project 2019 and 2020.

A touring classical music string quartet composition  premiered at the Royal Northern College of Music

Newspaper features on Pressreader


Professor Mark Taubert is a palliative medicine hospital consultant and clinical director at Velindre University NHS Trust. His teaching/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, and has talked at Green Man Festival. 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. 

Honours and awards

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP)
  • Fellow of the Faculty for Medical Leadership & Management (FFMLM)
  • Faculty of Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr Strategic International Community  























Teaching, Supervision & Projects:

Education engagement activity:

Education podcasts, modules & seminars:

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

  • Ceilings of Treatment & Escalation Decisions
  • Acute Oncology and Acute Palliative Care
  • Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Opioids
  • Out-of-hours palliative care
  • Technology and new media in Palliative Care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Patient and carer involvement
  • Peer-suport

A list of publications can be found here.


Academic programme - Resource Page Palliative Care

The tutorials and articles below cover some curriculum requirements for palliative care. Topics include an introduction to palliative care, symptom management, malignant spinal cord compression and management of hypercalcaemia of malignancy.

Past projects

MSc supervision:

Dr Heledd Lewis