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UK names executive vice president for Health Affairs

Dr. Mark F. Newman
Dr. Mark F. Newman

From Owensboro

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 7, 2017) — Dr. Mark F. Newman has been named executive vice president for Health Affairs at the University of Kentucky, President Eli Capilouto announced today.

Newman, a Kentucky native, is an anesthesiologist and currently serves as president of Private Diagnostic Clinic, the physician practice plan for Duke University’s Medical Center, a position he has held since 2014.

Born and raised in Owensboro, and a veteran of the Air Force, Newman has been at Duke since 1992 and has held a variety of increasingly senior positions, including professor of medicine and chair of anesthesiology.

Newman will succeed Dr. Michael Karpf, who has led UK HealthCare for nearly 15 years.

Newman stayed close to home to attend Western Kentucky University to help his family while his father was ill and began running the family farm after his father passed away.

He received the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship to attend medical school at the University of Louisville. He completed a residency in the Air Force and a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Transesophageal Echocardiography at Duke University Medical Center before returning to active duty at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Medical Center, a U.S. Air Force facility. He was deployed for Operation “Just Cause” and then for “Desert Shield” and “Desert Storm.”