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Dr Mark Taubert

Dr Mark Taubert

Clinical Director, Consultant Physician & Honorary Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine

School of Medicine

Velindre NHS Trust


  • National Strategic Lead for Advance Care Planning in Wales
  • Byw Nawr/Live Now coalition clinical lead
  • Harvard Medical School GCSRT programme faculty
  • Welsh End of Life Care board member
  • NHS Bevan Commission Senior Fellow
  • BMJ Group Editor (BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care)

Writing, Media & Bringing Palliative Care to wider public attention:

Articles in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Quillette, Chicago Tribune, The Times, The Independent, The Big Issue, HuffPost UK, & BBC News

Interviews and media appearances include BBC Horizon We Need to Talk About Death, ITV, Fox News, BBC Radio 4.

Cultural collaborations include a West End show in London's Soho Theatre, entitled "The Colours" , National Theatre Wales' production "As Long As The Heart Beats" and taking part in the BBC Listening Project.

Speaker engagements:

Plenaries at numerous healthcare, research, sociology and technology events. Other events of interest:



Mark is a palliative care doctor and senior lecturer. He created the website & app and has  given a Ted Talk on why language and wording is important in palliative care. He writes for international newspapers and web based media outlets on contemporary medical topics. Mark took part in a BBC Horizon programme on Palliative Care alongside 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 and at Hay Literary Festival.

A few years ago he had a brief brush with fame, when his posthumous letter to David Bowie, which covers the components of good end of life care, went viral on the internet and in global newsrooms. The letter has been made into a classical music composition which was aired on BBC Radio 3, and has been publicly read out by various celebrities and drifters in locations including New York, London, Hay-on-Wye, Edinburgh and Berlin. 

He hails from Hessen in Germany and has settled in the land of song, Wales. On occasion, he acts as an adviser for a Welsh TV soap opera called Pobol y Cwm, on matters medical, end of life and palliative, and he has thus far choreographed the deaths of two of the programme's main characters.

Media:  CNN     BBC World  El Mundo    Billboard   Himalayan Times  NME   Rolling Stone  Western Mail  BBC Radio 4   Edinburgh Fringe  Wales Deanery    Hay Festival Podcast   BBC Fortunately Podcast

Writing: The Guardian   Washington Post    Huff Post UK   BMJ   Hay Literary Fest International Writers  Quillette  BMA 

Letters of Note:

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External profiles