Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH

Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH

Critical Care, Bioethics Consultation Service, Cardiology

On staff since August 2008

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine; Associate Professor, Division of Bioethics; Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and Palliative Care

"Having a child in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit can be one of the most stressful times in a family's life. I am honored to work alongside amazing team members to provide children and families with the best possible medical care. I seek to understand the individual stories of each child and family and find ways to provide support uniquely geared to their needs. Communication is the essential foundation of family-centered care and great medical care. I am particularly honored to be able to guide and support families through complex medical decision-making related to critical heart issues."

  • Biography

    Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH, is an attending physician in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Children's Hospital. She is also the Chair of the Seattle Children's Hospital Ethics Committee. She holds a faculty appointment at the University of Washington School of Medicine as an Associate Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Bioethics and Humanities. Within the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Lewis-Newby is appointed to both the divisions of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine and Bioethics and Palliative Care. She is faculty in the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and Palliative Care. Dr. Lewis-Newby's primary research interests relate to ethical issues that arise in the pediatric critical care setting. She also serves on the Ethics Committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Other interests include family-centered-care, complex decision-making, communication, and supporting end-of-life care in the pediatric intensive care unit.

  • Patient Testimonials

  • Awards and Honors

    Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Presidential Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to SCCM Society for Critical Care Medicine Society for Critical Care Medicine 2017
  • Publications

    Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Lewis-Newby M, Berkman E, Diekema D, Bhat A, Clark J
      Ethical Challenges at the Frontiers of Medical Care for Children with Congenital Heart Disease in the U.S.
      Curr Treat Options Pediatr, 2023
    • Kim D, Berkman ER, Clark JD, Saifee NH, Diekema DS, Lewis-Newby M
      Parental Refusals of Blood Transfusions from COVID-19 Vaccinated Donors for Children Needing Cardiac Surgery
      Narrat Inq Bioeth, 2023
    • Berkman ER, Hsu EK, Clark JD, Lewis-Newby M, Dick AAS, Diekema DS, Wightman AG
      An ethical analysis of obesity as a contraindication to pediatric liver transplant candidacy.
      36997027 American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2023 June : 23(6)736-743
    • Berkman ER, Richardson KL, Clark JD, Dick AAS, Lewis-Newby M, Diekema DS, Wightman AG
      An ethical analysis of obesity as a contraindication of pediatric kidney transplant candidacy.
      35488137 Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany), 2023 Feb. : 38(2)345-356
    • Clark JD, Albers EL, Albert JE, Berkman ER, Englund JA, Farris RWD, Johnson BA, Lewis-Newby M, McGuire J, Rogers M, Thompson HM, Wagner TA, Wells C, Yanay O, Zerr DM, Limaye AP
      SARS-CoV-2 RNA positive pediatric organ donors: A case report.
      36518025 Pediatric transplantation, 2022 Dec 14 : e14452 PMCID:PMC9878170
    • Clark JD, Baden HP, Berkman ER, Bourget E, Brogan TV, Di Gennaro JL, Doorenbos AZ, McMullan DM, Roberts JS, Turnbull JM, Wilfond BS, Lewis-Newby M, Seattle Ethics in ECLS (SEE) Consortium
      Ethical Considerations in Ever-Expanding Utilization of ECLS: A Research Agenda.
      35664885 Frontiers in pediatrics, 2022 : 10896232 PMCID:PMC9160718
    • Berkman E, Wightman A, Friedland-Little JM, Albers EL, Diekema D, Lewis-Newby M
      An ethical analysis of obesity as a determinant of pediatric heart transplant candidacy.
      33179426 Pediatric transplantation, 2021 May : 25(3)e13913
    • Lewis-Newby M, Berkman E, Diekema DS, Clark JD
      Heroics at the End of Life in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care: The Role of the Intensivist in Supporting Ethical Decision Around Innovative Surgical Interventions
      Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine, 2021
    • Benedetti DJ, Lewis-Newby M, Roberts JS, Diekema DS
      Pandemics and Beyond: Considerations When Personal Risk and Professional Obligations Converge.
      33656454 The Journal of clinical ethics, 2021 : 32(1)20-34
    • Neubauer K, Williams EP, Donohue PK, Weiss EM, Lewis-Newby M, Boss RD
      Diagnosis to death: family experiences of paediatric heart disease.
      32829727 Cardiology in the young, 2020 Nov. : 30(11)1672-1678
    • Lewis-Newby M, Sellers DE, Meyer EC, Solomon MZ, Zurakowski D, Truog RD
      Location of Clinician-Family Communication at the End of Life in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Clinician Perception of Communication Quality.
      32182154 Journal of palliative medicine, 2020 Aug. : 23(8)1052-1059 PMCID:PMC8024375
    • Berkman ER, Clark JD, Diekema DS, Lewis-Newby M
      "We Can Do Anything but We Can't Do Everything": Exploring the Perceived Impact of International Pediatric Programs on U.S. PICUs.
      31803696 Frontiers in pediatrics, 2019 : 7470 PMCID:PMC6873788
    • Morrison W, Clark JD, Lewis-Newby M, Kon AA
      Titrating Clinician Directiveness in Serious Pediatric Illness.
      30385625 Pediatrics, 2018 Nov. : 142(Suppl 3)S178-S186
    • Lewis-Newby M, Clark JD, Butt WW, Dryden-Palmer K, Parshuram CS, Truog RD
      When a Child Dies in the PICU Despite Ongoing Life Support.
      30080805 Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, 2018 Aug. : 19(8S Suppl 2)S33-S40
    • Davidson JE, Aslakson RA, Long AC, Puntillo KA, Kross EK, Hart J, Cox CE, Wunsch H, Wickline MA, Nunnally ME, Netzer G, Kentish-Barnes N, Sprung CL, Hartog CS, Coombs M, Gerritsen RT, Hopkins RO, Franck LS, Skrobik Y, Kon AA, Scruth EA, Harvey MA, Lewis-Newby M, White DB, Swoboda SM, Cooke CR, Levy MM, Azoulay E, Curtis JR
      Guidelines for Family-Centered Care in the Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult ICU.
      27984278 Critical care medicine, 2017 Jan. : 45(1)103-128
    • Kelen GD, Sauer L, Clattenburg E, Lewis-Newby M, Fackler J
      Pediatric Disposition Classification (Reverse Triage) System to Create Surge Capacity.
      25816253 Disaster medicine and public health preparedness, 2015 June : 9(3)283-90
    • Lewis-Newby M, Wicclair M, Pope T, Rushton C, Curlin F, Diekema D, Durrer D, Ehlenbach W, Gibson-Scipio W, Glavan B, Langer RL, Manthous C, Rose C, Scardella A, Shanawani H, Siegel MD, Halpern SD, Truog RD, White DB, ATS Ethics and Conflict of Interest Committee
      An official American Thoracic Society policy statement: managing conscientious objections in intensive care medicine.
      25590155 American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, 2015 Jan 15 : 191(2)219-27
    • Johnson EM, Diekema DS, Lewis-Newby M, King MA
      Pediatric triage and allocation of critical care resources during disaster: Northwest provider opinion.
      25247776 Prehospital and disaster medicine, 2014 Oct. : 29(5)455-60
    • Burns JP, Sellers DE, Meyer EC, Lewis-Newby M, Truog RD
      Epidemiology of death in the PICU at five U.S. teaching hospitals.
      24979486 Critical care medicine, 2014 Sept. : 42(9)2101-8 PMCID:PMC4134743
    • Doorenbos AZ, Starks H, Bourget E, McMullan DM, Lewis-Newby M, Rue TC, Lindhorst T, Aisenberg E, Oman N, Curtis JR, Hays R, Seattle Ethics in ECLS (SEE) Consortium, Clark JD, Baden HP, Brogan TV, Di Gennaro JL, Mazor R, Roberts JS, Turnbull J, Wilfond BS
      Examining palliative care team involvement in automatic consultations for children on extracorporeal life support in the pediatric intensive care unit.
      23540309 Journal of palliative medicine, 2013 May : 16(5)492-5 PMCID:PMC3705963
    • Lewis-Newby M, Curtis JR,
      Family Centered Care at the End of a Child's Life: We Must Get This Right
      Minerva Anestesiol, 2013 : 79(12)1321-3
    • Reid J, Stone K, Brown J, Caglar D, Kobayashi A, Lewis-Newby M, Partridge R, Seidel K, Quan L
      The Simulation Team Assessment Tool (STAT): development, reliability and validation.
      22198422 Resuscitation, 2012 July : 83(7)879-86
    • Lewis-Newby M, Curtis JR, Martin DP, Engelberg RA
      Measuring family satisfaction with care and quality of dying in the intensive care unit: does patient age matter?
      22107108 Journal of palliative medicine, 2011 Dec. : 14(12)1284-90 PMCID:PMC3263487

    Book Chapters

    • Berkman E, Clark JD, Lewis-Newby M
      Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
      Professional, Ethical, Legal and Educational Lessons in Medicine: A Problem-Based Learning Approach, 2023
    • Lewis-Newby M, Berkman E, Clark JD
      "Medical Futility" and Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapies
      Professional, Ethical, Legal and Educational Lessons in Medicine: A Problem-Based Learning Approach, 2023
    • Lewis-Newby M, Berkman E, Diekema D
      Ethics in Pediatric Intensive Care
      Pediatric Critical Care, 6th edition, 2021
    • Clark JD, Lewis-Newby M, Kon AA, Morrison W
      A Spectrum of Clinical Directiveness in Collaborative Decision Making
      The Ethics of Shared Decision Making, 2021
    • Lewis-Newby M, Diekema D
      Ethics in Pediatric Intensive Care
      Pediatric Critical Care, 5th editions, 2017
    • Ridling D, Lewis-Newby M, Lindsey D
      Family Centered Care
      Pediatric Critical Care, 4th Edition, 2011

    Published Books, Videos, Software, etc.

    • Lewis-Newby M, Wilson KC
      Managing Conscientious Objections Pocket Guide
      American Thoracic Society, 2015
  • Presentations

    Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Directed Donations and COVID-19 Unvaccinated Donors: Ethical Framework and Practical Considerations Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies Annual Meeting Nashville, TN 2023
    Supporting the CICU Team through the Moral Uncertainty of Innovation 8th World Congress on Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Washington, DC 2023
    Assessing and Managing a Cyanotic Baby: Is It Critical Congenital Heart Disease? University of Montana Western Montana Area Health Education Center Medical Conference Virtual Meeting 2022
    Integrating Palliative Care into the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Third International Conference of Palliative Care Virtual Meeting 2022
    Ethics of Pediatric Destination Ventricular Assist Device: Is It a Bridge Too Far? Society of Critical Care Medicine International Critical Care Congress San Francisco, CA 2022
    Heroics in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit: Balancing hope and harm Tenth International Conference on Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine Virtual Meeting 2021
    The Role of the Bioethicist in Pediatric Heart Transplant International Pediatric Heart Transplant Summit Seattle, WA 2017
    End of Life Decisions and Palliative Care in ECLS Children's National Medical Center 30th Annual Extracorporeal Life Support Conference Keystone, CO 2014
    Is There Room for Conscientious Objection in Intensive Care Medicine? Harborview Medical Center Ethics Forum Seattle, WA 2014
    Ethics in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Society of Critical Care Medicine Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Board Review Course Chicago, IL 2014
    Managing Conscientious Objection in the ICU: American Thoracic Society Recommendations American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 16th Annual Conference San Diego, CA 2014
    Ethical Framework for Pediatric Altered Standards of Care National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response Baltimore, MD 2013
    The Limits of Parental Decision Making in the PICU - Session Moderator 9th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference Seattle, WA 2013
    Is There Room for Conscientious Objection in Critical Care Medicine? American Thoracic Society International Conference Philadelphia, PA 2013
    Conscientious Objection and Moral Distress Panelist 8th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference Seattle, WA 2012
    Ethical Struggles in Extracorporeal Life Support Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) 23rd Annual Conference Seattle, WA 2012
    Blue Babies, White Knuckles - Diagnosis and Management of Heart Disease in Neonates Seattle Children's Hospital Regional Neonatal Grand Rounds Seattle, WA 2012
    Ethical Considerations of Disaster Planning Annual Ron Lemire Northwest Pediatric Critical Care Symposium Seattle, WA 2012
    Caring for Dying Children Harborview Medical Center Palliative Care Conference Seattle, WA 2009
    Caring for the Care Provider Annual Ron Lemire Northwest Pediatric Critical Care Symposium Seattle, WA 2009
    Physician's Journey Seattle Children's Hospital Annual Memorial Service Seattle, WA 2009
    When Children Die: Special Challenges and Ethical Considerations - Parent Panel Moderator Annual Ron Lemire Northwest Pediatric Critical Care Symposium Seattle, WA 2009
    ECMO Ethics Panel 19th Annual Specialist Education for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Conference Seattle, WA 2009
  • Research Funding

    Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Towards Improving End-of-Life Care in the Pediatric ICU National Institutes of Health $50,098 2009 - 2011


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Medical/Professional School

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


Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

Research Focus Area