Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University School of Medicine – Dr Mark Taubert

Mark Taubert’s Profile

Mark Taubert

I am a palliative care doctor and senior lecturer. I created the website & app and has  given a Ted Talk on why language and wording is important in palliative care. I write for international newspapers and web based media outlets on contemporary medical topics. I took part in a BBC Horizon programme on Palliative Care alongside Kevin Fong, and have also done extensive media work with television, theatre and radio. I have talked about medical topics at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at Hay Literary Festival.

A few years ago I had a brief brush with fame, when my 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.

I hail from Hessen in Germany and settled in the land of song, Wales. On occasion, I act as an adviser for a Welsh TV soap opera called Pobol y Cwm, on matters medical, end of life and palliative, and I have thus far choreographed the deaths of two of the programme’s main characters.


  • 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, 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” and National Theatre Wales’ production “As Long As The Heart Beats”

Speaker engagements:

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


Letters of note:



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