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Dec. 9 th – Dr. Mark Newman, Executive Vice- President for Health Affairs, University of Kentucky HealthCare

Posted on Dec 6, 2021

The Rotary Club of Lexington  held its weekly meeting Thursday, December 7th ,  at The Mane on Main at noon  and via Zoom. The program  featured Dr. Mark Newman. To attend via Zoom  please email,

Mark F. Newman, MD, joined the University of Kentucky in 2017 as the executive vice president for health affairs. He is responsible for the university’s health system, UK HealthCare®, and oversees the UK College of Medicine in conjunction with the provost.

A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Dr. Newman attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green while continuing to work on the family farm in Ohio County. He received an Air Force scholarship to support his medical education at the University of Louisville and completed residency training in the Air Force and a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and transesophageal echocardiography at Duke University Medical Center. Afterward, Newman returned to active duty in San Antonio, Texas, at Wilford Hall Medical Center and was deployed in Operations “Just Cause,” “Desert Shield,” and “Desert Storm.”

Returning to the Duke University Medical Center where he served for more than 25 years, Newman progressed in leadership as chief of cardiothoracic anesthesiology, chair of anesthesiology, chairman of the board, and later president of the Duke physician practice organization. He is board certified in anesthesiology and transesophageal echocardiography.

As Executive Vice-President for Health Affairs, he has led UK HealthCare through unprecedented growth in all academic health center missions.  During COVID, UK HealthCare took a leadership role in the treatment and prevention of disease within Kentucky.  The vision of UK Healthcare is, “One Community Committed to Creating a Healthier Kentucky.” Under Dr. Newman’s leadership, UK HealthCare is well on its way to achieving that vision.

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