, 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 was also the past president of the Scoliosis Research Society.

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


Complications following surgical treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a 10-year prospective follow-up study.
Hariharan AR, Shah SA, Petfield J, Baldwin M, Yaszay B, Newton PO, Lenke LG, Lonner BS, Miyanji F, Sponseller PD, Samdani AF, Harms Study Group.

Preoperative factors associated with optimal outcomes of selective thoracic fusion at 5 years.
Lindgren AM, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Samdani AF, Shah SA, Miyanji F, Cahill PJ, Upasani VV, Newton PO, Harms Study Group., Yaszay B

To tether or fuse? Significant equipoise remains in treatment recommendations for idiopathic scoliosis.
Shaw KA, Welborn MC, Matsumoto H, Parent S, Sachwani N, El-Hawary R, Skaggs D, Newton PO, Blakemore L, Vitale M, Samdani A, Murphy JS, Pediatric Spine Study Group.

Surgical outcomes of severe spinal deformities exceeding 100° or treated by vertebral column resection (VCR). Does implant density matter?: an observational study of deformity groupings.
Boachie-Adjei O, Duah HO, Sackeyfio A, Yankey KP, Lenke LG, Sponseller PD, Samdani AF, Sucato DJ, Sides BA, Newton PO, Shah SA, Akoto H, Gupta MC, Fox Pediatric Spinal Deformity Study.

The classification of scoliosis braces developed by SOSORT with SRS, ISPO, and POSNA and approved by ESPRM.
Negrini S, Aulisa AG, Cerny P, de Mauroy JC, McAviney J, Mills A, Donzelli S, Grivas TB, Hresko MT, Kotwicki T, Labelle H, Marcotte L, Matthews M, O'Brien J, Parent EC, Price N, Manuel R, Stikeleather L, Vitale MG, Wong MS, Wood G, Wynne J, Zaina F, Bruno MB, Würsching SB, Caglar Y, Cahill P, Dema E, Knott P, Lebel A, Lein G, Newton PO, Smith BG

Elastic Intramedullary Nails in the Treatment of Pediatric Length Unstable Femur Fractures.
Ouillette RJ, Bastrom TP, Newton PO, Pennock AT

Are patients who return for 10-year follow-up after AIS surgery different from those who do not?
Bastrom TP, Howard R, Bartley CE, Newton PO, Lenke LG, Sponseller PD, Shufflebarger H, Lonner B, Shah SA, Betz R, Yaszay B

When successful, anterior vertebral body tethering (VBT) induces differential segmental growth of vertebrae: an in vivo study of 51 patients and 764 vertebrae.
McDonald TC, Shah SA, Hargiss JB, Varghese J, Boeyer ME, Pompliano M, Neal K, Lonner BS, Larson AN, Yaszay B, Newton PO, Hoernschemeyer DG, Harms Nonfusion Study Group.

Anterior vertebral body tethering for thoracic idiopathic scoliosis leads to asymmetric growth of the periapical vertebrae.
Newton PO, Takahashi Y, Yang Y, Yaszay B, Bartley CE, Bastrom TP, Munar C

Distal adding-on in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis results in diminished health-related quality of life at 10 years following posterior spinal fusion.
Roye BD, Matsumoto H, Fano AN, Marciano GF, Iyer RR, Boby A, Bainton N, Lenke LG, Newton PO, Vitale MG

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

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

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