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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
  • Honorary 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:

Articles in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Telegraph, Chicago Tribune, The Times, The Independent, Big Issue, BBC NewsHuffPost UK

Appearances include 'BBC Horizon' We Need to Talk About Death, ITV's BAFTA winning Hospital of Hope & numerous BBC Radio 4 programmes.

Cultural collaborations to promote awareness about palliative care, 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 the 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



Mark is a palliative care consultant and professor at Cardiff University School of Medicine. He founded  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 given a Ted Talk on why subtleties in language are critical in modern healthcare. He writes for international newspapers like the Washington Post, where his op-ed ended up being a top pick for 2019. Mark took part in a BBC Horizon programme 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, at Hay Literary Festival and the Science Museum in London. He has featured on two BBC's Listening Projects.

A few years ago he had a brief brush with fame, when his posthumous letter to David Bowie, which discussed the importance of good end of life care, went viral online and in global newsrooms. The letter has been made into a touring classical music composition which was aired on BBC Radio 3, and has been publicly read by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jarvis Cocker, in locations including New York, London, Hay-on-Wye, Edinburgh and Berlin.

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

Author: 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

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:

  • Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Diploma & MSc in Palliative Care, Cardiff University
  • Academic supervisor and mentor for Bevan Commission Exemplar and Fellowship Projects
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at Cardiff University School of Medicine, incl 2018 Science in Practice lecture
  • RCGP & Partners EOLC What Matters Most Charter and education resources
  • Virtual Reality Palliative Care Education Project resources & library - featured in the Guardian
  • Falmouth University School of Art "Four Deadlines and a Dinner" collaboration with Graphic
    Design students
  • Advance Care Planning website for NHS Wales - an online area for patients, proxy & healthcare professionals

Education Engagement activity:

Examples of speaker engagements: