Professor Mark Newman

Cardiothoracic surgeon

WANomineeAustralian of the Year2021

Prof Mark Newman is an exceptionally skilled and compassionate cardiothoracic surgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. He oversaw the development of a second cardiothoracic unit at the hospital – from managing upgrades in infrastructure to securing trainee positions.

Mark changed the face of patient management, introducing the concept of high dependency care outside the intensive care unit – which has now been adopted by other specialities.

He drove collaboration between surgeons and other units to build a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to the surgical journey. He also mentors nurses and allied health and support staff to ensure better patient care and outcomes.

In addition to his role as head of the clinical service unit, Mark has led groundbreaking research and championed patient safety and quality.

His initiatives include a ‘war on error’ to investigate issues and work out strategies for continually improving service delivery.

Mark also works tirelessly to educate and support the next generation of surgeons and caregivers.