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.


Development of Consensus-Based Best Practice Guidelines for Postoperative Care Following Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Fletcher ND, Glotzbecker MP, Marks M, Newton PO, Harms Study Group.

MRI Screening in Operative Scheuermann Kyphosis: Is it Necessary?
Lonner BS, Toombs CS, Mechlin M, Ciavarra G, Shah SA, Samdani AF, Sponseller P, Shufflebarger HL, Betz RR, Yaszay B, 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

Factors affecting the outcome in appearance of AIS surgery in terms of the minimal clinically important difference.
Bennett JT, Samdani AF, Bastrom TP, Ames RJ, Miyanji F, Pahys JM, Marks MC, Lonner BS, Newton PO, Shufflebarger HL, Yaszay B, Flynn JM, Betz RR, Cahill PJ

The Effect of Time and Fusion Length on Motion of the Unfused Lumbar Segments in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Marks MC, Bastrom TP, Petcharaporn M, Shah SA, Betz RR, Samdani A, Lonner B, Miyanji F, Newton PO

New EOS Imaging Protocol Allows a Substantial Reduction in Radiation Exposure for Scoliosis Patients.
Newton PO, Khandwala Y, Bartley CE, Reighard FG, Bastrom TP, Yaszay B

5-Year Reoperation Risk and Causes for Revision after Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery.
Ahmed SI, Bastrom TP, Yaszay B, Newton PO, Harms Study Group.

Subclassification of GMFCS Level-5 Cerebral Palsy as a Predictor of Complications and Health-Related Quality of Life After Spinal Arthrodesis.
Jain A, Sponseller PD, Shah SA, Samdani A, Cahill PJ, Yaszay B, Njoku DB, Abel MF, Newton PO, Marks MC, Narayanan UG, Harms Study Group.

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

Do Ponte Osteotomies Enhance Correction in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis? An Analysis of 191 Lenke 1A and 1B Curves.
Samdani AF, Bennett JT, Singla AR, Marks MC, Pahys JM, Lonner BS, Miyanji F, Shah SA, Shufflebarger HL, Newton PO, Asghar J, Betz RR, Cahill PJ

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.

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