, Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery-Spine


San Diego County

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


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 as well as surgeon-in-chief 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 200 publications; 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 and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, where he was a former president. He is the current president of the Scoliosis Research Society.

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


Paraspinal muscle morphology and composition in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A histological analysis.
Shahidi B, Yoo A, Farnsworth C, Newton PO, Ward SR

Modified Clavien-Dindo-sink classification system for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
Guissé NF, Stone JD, Keil LG, Bastrom TP, Erickson MA, Yaszay B, Cahill PJ, Parent S, Gabos PG, Newton PO, Glotzbecker MP, Kelly MP, Pahys JM, Fletcher ND

Inter- and intra-rater reliability and accuracy of Sanders Skeletal Maturity Staging System when used by surgeons performing vertebral body tethering.
Swany LM, Larson AN, Milbrandt TA, Sanders JO, Neal KM, Blakemore LC, Newton PO, Pahys JM, Cahill PJ, Alanay A

Rate of Scoliosis Correction After Anterior Spinal Growth Tethering for Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Takahashi Y, Saito W, Yaszay B, Bartley CE, Bastrom TP, Newton PO

Factors associated with increased back pain in primary thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis 10 years after surgery.
Bastrom TP, Ohashi M, Bartley CE, Marks MC, Yaszay B, Lonner BS, Sponseller PD, Newton PO

Defining risk factors for adding-on in Lenke 1 and 2 AR curves.
Mitchell BC, Skaggs DL, Lenke LG, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Newton PO

What is the effect of intraoperative traction on correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS)?
Rushton PRP, Aldebeyan S, Ghag R, Sponseller P, Yaszay B, Samdani AF, Lonner B, Shah SA, Newton PO, Miyanji F

Early and late hospital readmissions in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
Patel A, Pahys JM, Samdani AF, Newton PO, Bastrom TP, Shah SA, Miyanji F, Hwang SW, Harms Study Group.

What happens to the unfused upper thoracic curve after posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis?
Iqbal MO, Samdani AF, Pahys JM, Newton PO, Shah SA, Bastrom TP, Sponseller PD, Miyanji F, Hwang SW, Harms Study Group Investigators.

The influence of 3D curve severity on paraspinal muscle fatty infiltration in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
Berry DB, Grant CD, Farnsworth CL, Englund EK, Newton PO, Shahidi B

Randomized controlled trial of energy healing effects on pain and anxiety in AIS posterior surgery: a pilot study.
McNeil N, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Yaszay B, Upasani VV, Newton PO

Changes in peri-apical vertebral body and intervertebral disc shape in both the sagittal and coronal planes correlate with scoliosis severity: a 3D study of 397 patients.
Sullivan TB, Bastrom TP, Reighard F, Jeffords M, Bartley CE, Newton PO

The Clavicle Continues to Grow During Adolescence and Early Adulthood.
Hughes JL, Newton PO, Bastrom T, Fabricant PD, Pennock AT

Long-term Patient Perception Following Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis if Dissatisfied at 2-year Follow-up.
Hughes J, Yaszay B, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Parent S, Cahill PJ, Lonner B, Shah SA, Samdani A, Newton PO, Harms Study Group.

Intraoperative neuromonitoring practice patterns in spinal deformity surgery: a global survey of the Scoliosis Research Society.
Dikmen PY, Halsey MF, Yucekul A, de Kleuver M, Hey L, Newton PO, Havlucu I, Zulemyan T, Yilgor C, Alanay A

Risk factors for gastrointestinal complications after spinal fusion in children with cerebral palsy.
Verhofste BP, Berry JG, Miller PE, Crofton CN, Garrity BM, Fletcher ND, Marks MC, Shah SA, Newton PO, Samdani AF, Abel MF, Sponseller PD, Harms Study Group., Glotzbecker MP

Predictors of spontaneous lumbar curve correction in thoracic-only fusions: 3D analysis in AIS.
Kluck D, Sullivan TB, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Yaszay B, Newton PO

New neurologic deficit and recovery rates in the treatment of complex pediatric spine deformities exceeding 100 degrees or treated by vertebral column resection (VCR).
Boachie-Adjei O, Duah HO, Yankey KP, Lenke LG, Sponseller PD, Sucato DJ, Samdani AF, Newton PO, Shah SA, Erickson MA, Akoto H, Sides BA, Gupta MC, Fox Pediatric Spinal Deformity Study.

Restoration of Thoracic Kyphosis in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Over a Twenty-year Period: Are We Getting Better?
Bodendorfer BM, Shah SA, Bastrom TP, Lonner BS, Yaszay B, Samdani AF, Miyanji F, Cahill PJ, Sponseller PD, Betz RR, Clements DH 3rd, Lenke LG, Shufflebarger HL, Marks MC, Newton PO, Harms Study Group.

Three-dimensional analysis of spinal deformity correction in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: comparison of two distinct techniques.
Sikora-Klak J, Upasani VV, Ilharreborde B, Cross M, Bastrom TP, Mazda K, Yaszay B, Newton PO

Does thoracoplasty adversely affect lung function in complex pediatric spine deformity? A 2-year follow-up review.
Boachie-Adjei O, Sackeyfio A, Duah HO, Lenke LG, Sponseller PD, Sucato DJ, Samdani AF, Newton PO, Shah SA, Erickson MA, Wulff I, Sides BA, Gupta MC, Fox Pediatric Spinal Deformity Study.

Selecting the "Touched Vertebra" as the Lowest Instrumented Vertebra in Patients with Lenke Type-1 and 2 Curves: Radiographic Results After a Minimum 5-Year Follow-up.
Beauchamp EC, Lenke LG, Cerpa M, Newton PO, Kelly MP, Blanke KM, Harms Study Group Investigators.

Major complications following surgical correction of spine deformity in 257 patients with cerebral palsy.
Yaszay B, Bartley CE, Sponseller PD, Abel M, Cahill PJ, Shah SA, Miyanji F, Samdani AF, Daquino C, Newton PO

Comparing short-term AIS post-operative complications between ACS-NSQIP and a surgeon study group.
Bauer JM, Shah SA, Sponseller PD, Samdani AF, Newton PO, Marks MC, Lonner BS, Yaszay B, Harms Study Group.

Three-dimensional analysis of the sagittal profile in surgically treated Lenke 5 curves in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
Shen K, Clement RC, Yaszay B, Bastrom T, Upasani VV, Newton PO

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