Mark Taubert

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Hessen, Germany
Alma materUniversity of Dundee
OccupationConsultant Physician

Professor Mark Taubert FRCP FRCGP is a German-British doctor and professor of medicine at Cardiff University.[1][2] He is a palliative care doctor in Wales, who according to the Western Mail [3] has contributed significantly to the development of his specialty, and has received recognition as an overseas doctor who has furthered the field of end-of-life care provision nationally and internationally.

He wrote to the late David Bowie in January 2016 about a conversation he had with a dying patient, a letter that went viral.[4]

He is the founder of Talk CPR, an international information campaign that discusses the sometimes controversial topic of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions.

Open letter to David Bowie

In 2016, he published a thank you letter to David Bowie after the singer's death, with refernece to Bowie's last album, Blackstar.[5][6][7][8] The letter was published on a little-known medical blog site,[9] but was seen and retweeted by David Bowie's son Duncan Jones.[10] It went viral online and in global newsrooms,[11] and was subsequently read out by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch [12] and Jarvis Cocker[13] at public events. The letter addresses issues such as palliative care and planning for the end of life. Bowie's story became a way to communicate important aspects of dying with a palliative care patient.[4][14]

It was turned into a classical music string quartet composition for BBC Radio 3 by composer John Uren, featuring Taubert reading the letter.[4] It toured, premiering at the Royal Northern College of Music.[15]

Other work

He is the founder of Talk CPR,[16] [17] an international information campaign that discusses the sometimes controversial topic of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions, also known by the acronym DNACPR.[18] His explanatory Talk CPR resources have been viewed over a million times worldwide.[19]

Taubert has also featured on two palliative care themed recordings for the UK's BBC Listening Project 2019[20] and 2020.[21]


He has won numerous national and international awards for his teaching and clinical work, including a Bafta award as part of a care team featured in an ITV documentary[22]. He received the prestigious national BMJ/BMA Clinical Teacher of the year award,[23] [24] the Best Trainer Award Wales 2016[25] and the Royal College of Physicians Excellence in Patient Care Award.[26]


  1. "Prof. Mark Taubert Cardiff University School of Medicine Staff Profile". 2020. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  2. Taubert, Mark (2020-05-31). "Coronavirus: Helping the bereaved with emotional PPE". BBC News. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  3. Smith, Mark (8 October 2018). "'I felt as if I had come to my homeland'- the doctors from overseas who are vital to Wales' National Health Service". Western Mail. p. 28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Rogers, Jude (2020-01-22). "Cremate me to the sound of Disco Inferno". The Guardian. Retrieved 2022-04-01.
  5. Taubert, Mark (2016). "Thank You Letter to David Bowie from a Palliative Care Doctor". Independent Newspaper. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  6. "Un ejemplo para los cuidados paliativos". El Mundo Newspaper. January 2016. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  7. Best, Chloe (2016). "David Bowie's son returns to Twitter to share moving thank you letter from doctor". Hello Magazine. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  8. "Cancer Doctor thanks David Bowie for helping people face death". Himalayan Times / Associated Press. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  9. Taubert, Mark (2016). "Thank You Letter to David Bowie from a Palliative Care Doctor". BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. 6 (4): 500–501. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001242. PMID 27760747. S2CID 2881997 – via British Medical Journal.
  10. Leopold, Todd (2016-01-08). "David Bowie's son shares powerful letter". CNN. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  11. "David Bowie helped lift taboo on death". BBC News. 2016. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  12. "Benedict Cumberbatch read out a Welsh doctor's letter about dying". WalesOnline. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  13. "Watch Jarvis Cocker read a letter to David Bowie about end-of-life-care". Telegraph. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  14. Vincent, Alice (2016-01-18). ""Thank you for Blackstar"- Palliative Care doctor writes open letter to Bowie". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2022-01-22.
  15. "Decontamination #7 – Boulez/Bowie". Royal Northern College of Music Concerts. 2016-11-01.
  16. Taubert, Mark; Norris, James; Edwards, Sioned; Snow, Veronica; Finlay, Ilora Gillian (December 2018). "Talk CPR - a technology project to improve communication in do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions in palliative illness". BMC Palliative Care. 17 (1): 118. doi:10.1186/s12904-018-0370-9. PMC 6195698. PMID 30340632.
  17. "Creating a sustainable, prudent & vibrant NHS- The TalkCPR project". Western Mail. 2016-12-05. p. 57-58. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  18. "'Do not resuscitate' orders have caused panic in the UK. Here is the truth". The Guardian. 2020-04-08. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  19. Hughes, Mary (2022-10-02). "Palliative care in the 'Kingdom in the sky': Lesotho". European Association for Palliative Care. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  20. Glover, Fi (2019-11-08). "The Listening Project- Mark and Faye, Trainer and Trainee". BBC Radio 4 - The Listening Project. BBC. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  21. Glover, Fi (2020-03-08). "BBC Radio 4 Listening Project- Sunday Edition: Mark and Darren - Strangers in conversation". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
  22. "ITV - Velindre, Hospital of Hope". 2018-04-11.
  23. "Leading Clinical teachers awarded for their work". Western Mail. 2017-04-10. p. 28. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  24. "Velindre Doctor Wins Clinical Teaching Award". Glamorgan Gem. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  25. Smith, Mark (2017-04-10). "Awards recognise our talented clinical teachers". Echo Newspaper. p. 25. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  26. "The last thing you want to talk about? CPR in palliative illness - EPCA Awards 2019". Royal College of Physicians. Retrieved 28 December 2021.

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