Peter O. Newton, M.D.


Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery-Spine


3020 Children's Way
MC 5062
San Diego, CA 92123


Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery-Spine


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Medical School

University of Texas-Southwestern


UC San Diego


UC San Diego


Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Board Certifications

Orthopedic Surgery




Dr. Peter Newton is chief of the division of Orthopedics & Scoliosis at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and a clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

After earning his degree in bioengineering, Dr. Newton attended the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency at UC San Diego, followed by a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics and scoliosis at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

Dr. Newton primarily treats scoliosis and other spinal conditions, such as vertebral fractures. On the research side, he has been involved in more than 140 studies; among his areas of focus are spine surgery, scoliosis without spinal fusion, and orthopedic biomechanics. He has also authored numerous books and book chapters.

His professional affiliations include membership in numerous pediatric orthopedic organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Scoliosis Research Society and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, where he was a former president.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Newton enjoys travel, fishing and auto mechanics.


Intraspinal Pathology Associated With Pediatric Scoliosis: A Ten-year Review Analyzing the Effect of Neurosurgery on Scoliosis Curve Progression.
Jankowski PP, Bastrom T, Ciacci JD, Yaszay B, Levy ML, Newton PO

Reversible Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Alerts in Patients Undergoing Arthrodesis for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: What Are the Outcomes of Surgery?
Samdani AF, Bennett JT, Ames RJ, Asghar JK, Orlando G, Pahys JM, Yaszay B, Miyanji F, Lonner BS, Lehman RA Jr, Newton PO, Cahill PJ, Betz RR

Femoral Neck Aspiration Aids in the Diagnosis of Osteomyelitis In Children With Septic Hip.
Schlung JE, Bastrom TP, Roocroft JH, Newton PO, Mubarak SJ, Upasani VV

The effects of the three-dimensional deformity of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis on pulmonary function.
Yaszay B, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Parent S, Newton PO

Predictors of Distal Adding-On in Thoracic Major Curves with AR Lumbar Modifiers.
Murphy JS, Upasani VV, Yaszay B, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Samdani A, Lenke LG, Newton PO

Incidence of and Risk Factors for Loss of 1 Blood Volume During Spinal Fusion Surgery in Patients With Cerebral Palsy.
Jain A, Sponseller PD, Shah SA, Yaszay B, Njoku DB, Miyanji F, Newton PO, Bastrom TP, Marks MC, Harms Study Group

Performing a Definitive Fusion in Juvenile CP Patients is a Good Surgical Option.
Yaszay B, Sponseller PD, Shah SA, Asghar J, Miyanji F, Samdani AF, Bartley C, Newton PO

Factors in Surgical Decision Making for Thoracolumbar/Lumbar AIS: It's About More Than Just the Curve Magnitude.
Souder C, Newton PO, Shah SA, Lonner BS, Bastrom TP, Yaszay B

Quantifying Anesthesia Exposure in Growing Rod Treatment for Early Onset Scoliosis.
Goldstein MJ, Kabirian N, Pawelek JB, Arandi NR, Mundis GM Jr, Yaszay B, Newton PO, Akbarnia BA

Case-Matched Comparison of Spinal Fusion Versus Growing Rods for Progressive Idiopathic Scoliosis in Skeletally Immature Patients.
Pawelek JB, Yaszay B, Nguyen S, Newton PO, Mundis GM, Akbarnia BA, Harms Study Group, Growing Spine Study Group

Does Leveling the Upper Thoracic Spine Have Any Impact on Postoperative Clinical Shoulder Balance in Lenke 1 and 2 Patients?
Amir D, Yaszay B, Bartley CE, Bastrom TP, Newton PO

Surgical Correction of Scoliosis in Patients With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: 30-Year Experience.
Scannell BP, Yaszay B, Bartley CE, Newton PO, Mubarak SJ

Delayed Postoperative Neurologic Deficits in Spinal Deformity Surgery.
Auerbach JD, Kean K, Milby AH, Paonessa KJ, Dormans JP, Newton PO, Song KM, Lonner BS

Defining the "Three-Dimensional Sagittal Plane" in Thoracic Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Newton PO, Fujimori T, Doan J, Reighard FG, Bastrom TP, Misaghi A

The 15-Year Evolution of the Thoracoscopic Anterior Release: Does It Still Have a Role?
Arunakul R, Peterson A, Bartley CE, Cidambi KR, Varley ES, Newton PO

Postoperative Perfection: Ceiling Effects and Lack of Discrimination With Both SRS-22 and -24 Outcomes Instruments in Patients With Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Bastrom TP, Bartley C, Marks MC, Yaszay B, Newton PO, Harms Study Group

Major perioperative complications after spine surgery in patients with cerebral palsy: assessment of risk factors.
Samdani AF, Belin EJ, Bennett JT, Miyanji F, Pahys JM, Shah SA, Newton PO, Betz RR, Cahill PJ, Sponseller PD

Closed Reduction and Percutaneous Pinning Versus Open Reduction and Internal Fixation for Type II Lateral Condyle Humerus Fractures in Children Displaced >2 mm.
Pennock AT, Salgueiro L, Upasani VV, Bastrom TP, Newton PO, Yaszay B

Posterior Spinal Fusion With Pedicle Screws in Patients With Idiopathic Scoliosis and Open Triradiate Cartilage: Does Deformity Progression Occur?
Sponseller PD, Jain A, Newton PO, Lonner BS, Shah SA, Shufflebarger H, Bastrom TP, Marks MC, Betz RR

SRS-7: A Valid, Responsive, Linear, and Unidimensional Functional Outcome Measure for Operatively Treated Patients With AIS.
Jain A, Sponseller PD, Negrini S, Newton PO, Cahill PJ, Bastrom TP, Marks MC, Harms Study Group

Complications in operative Scheuermann kyphosis: do the pitfalls differ from operative adolescent idiopathic scoliosis?
Lonner BS, Toombs CS, Guss M, Braaksma B, Shah SA, Samdani A, Shufflebarger H, Sponseller P, Newton PO

Although inconvenient, baclofen pumps do not complicate scoliosis surgery in patients with cerebral palsy.
Yaszay B, Scannell BP, Bomar JD, Sponseller PD, Shah SA, Asghar J, Samdani AF, Bastrom TP, Newton PO, Harms Study Group

Smaller body size increases the percentage of blood volume lost during posterior spinal arthrodesis.
Jain A, Sponseller PD, Newton PO, Shah SA, Cahill PJ, Njoku DB, Betz RR, Samdani AF, Bastrom TP, Marks MC, Harms Study Group

Recurrence of rib prominence following surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with pedicle screws and direct vertebral body derotation.
Samdani AF, Asghar J, Miyanji F, Bennett JT, Hoashi JS, Lonner BS, Marks MC, Newton PO, Betz RR

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
Cheng JC, Castelein RM, Chu WC, Danielsson AJ, Dobbs MB, Grivas TB, Gurnett CA, Luk KD, Moreau A, Newton PO, Stokes IA, Weinstein SL, Burwell RG

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