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  Children’s National Medical Center Announces New CEO
July 14, 2011

Kurt Newman, MD, will assume position September 1

Kurt Newman, MDWashington, DC—The Board of Directors at Children’s National Medical Center announced today that Kurt Newman, MD has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2011. Dr. Newman has been at Children’s National for more than 25 years and currently serves as the Senior Vice President for the Center for Surgical Care.

A board committee launched a national search following the retirement announcement by Edwin K. Zechman, after 17 years of leadership. After an extensive search and interview process, the Board selected our new CEO and President, Dr. Newman.

“Dr. Newman articulated an impressive vision to lead Children’s National,” said James Lintott, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Children’s National Medical Center. “He is an accomplished physician, researcher, educator and administrator and is poised to lead an already vibrant team dedicated to caring for kids.”

Dr. Newman has served as the Senior Vice President of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care since 2004. Dr. Newman began his career at Children’s National Medical Center as a student of Judson Randolph, MD, a pioneer in pediatric surgery. He has also led a period of tremendous growth and innovation, in both facilities and strategic partnerships. In 2009, Children’s National received a $150 million gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi that created the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

“Dr. Newman has an ability to think big, but also maintains a down-to-earth, approachable nature, which really appealed to the search committee,” said Andrew Blair, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. “He conveys a commitment to translating his successes leading the surgical team to the full complement of pediatric professionals at Children’s National.”

Emily Dammeyer or  Paula Darte, Public Relations, 202-476-4500.


About Children’s National Medical Center: Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 303 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric services in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.