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Dr Mark Newson-Smith, Occupational and Aviation Medicine Unit

photo-of-Mark-Newson-Smith-aviation-medicineMB, BCh (Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff) 1983, FPCert (Royal College Ob Gynae, London) 1985, MMedSc (Birmingham) 1990, FRGS (Royal Geographical Society, London) 1991, MFOM (Royal College of Physicians, London) 1992, MIOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, London) 1993, LLM (Cardiff Law School) 1995, MRAes (Royal Aeronautical Society, London) 1995, FACLM (Australian college of Legal Medicine, Melbourne) 1998, MBA (Washington International University) 1999, FCLM (American College of Legal Medicine) 2003, FFOM (Royal College of Physicians, London) 2005

Role within the department

Course Director and Senior Clinical Lecturer, Occupational Medicine

Dr Mark Newson-Smith is Course Director of Occupational Medicine and a Senior Lecturer delivering distance learning in occupational medicine to students based in Australasia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He is currently a member of the exams committee for the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians Ireland and has been an examiner with the Faculty for several years. He is the Medical Director for an Occupational Health provider in the UK which delivers services to over 200 companies across the country including Fire and Rescue Services, logistic operations, the motor racing industry, chemical processors and a range of government bodies.

He is currently involved in developing a virtual world platform for dynamic real time learning in occupational medicine and his most recent publication is a chapter in the Textbook of Occupational Medicine Practice 4th Edition, edited by Prof David Koh and the late Prof Tar Ching Aw.

Contact details

Research expertise and interest

  • Occupational lung disease
  • Organophosphate pesticides
  • Sickness Absence
  • Risk of infectious disease in a working population
  • Work-related stress

Mark was trained at the Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff winning a prize and scholarship award for projects on respiratory hazards to coal miners. He spent 11 years in the Royal Navy as an Occupational Physician, working in ships, submarines and dockyards gaining a wide range of experience in occupational medicine, finishing his time in the Navy as Senior Medical Officer (Submarines) at the Institute of Naval Medicine. He then worked in the private sector in the United Kingdom providing occupational health advice to government agencies such as the Environment Agency, the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food and the National Health Service Pensions Agency along with a range of private companies such as banks, manufacturing and transport companies and a zoo.
He joined the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al-Ain in 2001 working on teaching and research for over two years before joining ADMA-OPCO, an offshore oil and gas company in Abu Dhabi for a further two years as Senior Medical Officer (Occupational Health), He is currently the Chief Medical Officer for ENOC responsible for running their range of occupational health services. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine London and both the Australian and American Colleges of Legal Medicine. He has a Masters Degree in Occupational Health (Birmingham) and one in Legal Medicine (Cardiff). He has published an number of academic papers and continues to lecture at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Newson-Smith MS. Re: Cement dust exposure and ventilatory function impairment: an exposure-response study. J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Jan;47(1):1.

Newson-Smith MS. Dust and asthma: diagnosis clarification. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2004 Oct-Dec; 10(4): 470-471.

Newson-Smith, M, Omer, H, Al-Maskari, F, Frampton, C. Respiratory Sequelae of Cement Manufacturing in a Rapidly Developing Country: The Tale of Two Factories. JOEM 2004;46(9):1000.

Newson-Smith MS, Nicol AG. Teaching of Occupational Medicine to undergraduates. Occup Med (Lond). 2004 Mar;54(2):134-5.

Newson-Smith MS. Passenger Doctors in Civil Airliners: duties, obligations and standards of care. Aviation, Space and Environ Med 1997; 68(12) Dec: 1134-1138.

Newson-Smith MS. The Legal aspects of preflight health surveillance in civil airliners. Aviation, Space and Environ Med 1997; 68(10) Oct: 922-924

Smith MS. Consent to Treatment. J Roy Nav Med Serv 1995; 81: 61-65

Smith MS. Problems of Confidentiality in Genetic Counselling. J Roy Nav Med Serv 1994; 80: 95-99

Smith MS. Sickness Absence in Royal Navy Medical and Dental Branch Ratings 1981-1989. Occup Med 1995; 45: 40-44

Smith MS. The Neurological sequelae of toluene inhalation. J Roy Nav Med Serv 1990; 76: 69-74