Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH

Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH

Critical Care, Bioethics

On staff since August 2008

Children's Title: Program Director, Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship

Academic Title: Assistant Professor, Divisions of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities; University of Washington School of Medicine

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH, is attending physician in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Childrens Hospital and assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also Program Director of the Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship. She completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Lewis-Newbys primary research interests relate to bioethical issues in the pediatric critical care setting. She serves on the Seattle Childrens Hospital Ethics Committee and on the Ethics Committee of the American Thoracic Society. Other interests include end-of-life care in the pediatric intensive care unit.


  • Heather Marysville, WA 01.09.12

    Dr. Lewis-Newby is one of my favorite doctors. One more than one occasion, she went above and beyond while our son was in the CICU. She is very personable and intuitive to family needs. Given the CICU and the frenetic nature of critical care, it was important that we were seen as more than a series of symptoms. Dr. Lewis-Newby repeatedly took the time, not just to explain a situation to us, but to share a point of view or ask us how we were. Her warm nature and approach to parenting in the CICU were evident as she surprised us by encouraging our Alexander not just to eat (which was not a guarantee before his open heart surgery) but to breastfeed any chance we could. I believe that approach is a large part of what enabled us to continue to breastfeed, even though we spent Alexander's first month in the hospital. Dr. Lewis-Newby is also a great communicator. Her assessment of a delicate situation and how she chose to present it to us took a potentially souring event and framed it in the best possible light. Later, when things had calmed, we sought to further our knowledge on that subject matter and have been pleased thus far with the results. Of course, her technical skills are outstanding, as are most of the Seattle Children's medical staff. What sets her above the rest is her capability to temper those skills with compassion and empathy. We know that we will find ourselves back in the CICU in the future, but it is a comfort to think that Dr. Lewis-Newby will be there to help things along.


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Medical/Professional School

University of Washington, Seattle
University of Washington School of Public Health , Seattle, Public Health
University of Washington School of Public Health , Seattle


Pediatrics, University of New Mexico Children?s Hospital, Albuquerque


Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle


  • Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH
    Epidemiology of Death in the PICU at Five U.S. Teaching Hospitals
    Crit Care Med , 2014 June 27 : 42(9)2101-08
  • Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH
    Family Centered Care at the End of a Child's Life: We Must Get This Right
    Minerva Anestesiol , 2013 Dec. : 79(12)1321-3
  • Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH
    Examining Palliative Care Team Involvement in Automatic Consultations for Children on Extracorporeal Life Support in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
    J Palliat Med , 2013 May : 16(5)492-95
  • Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH
    The Simulation Team Assessment Tool (STAT): Development, Reliability and Validation
    Resuscitation , 2012 July : 83(7)879-86
  • Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH
    Measuring Family Satisfaction with Care and Quality of Dying in the Intensive Care Unit: Does Patient Age Matter?
    J Palliat Med , 2011 Dec. : 14(12)1284-90