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

"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."

  • Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship and an attending physician in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Children's Hospital. 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. Dr. Lewis-Newby's primary research interests relate to bioethical issues that arise in the pediatric critical care setting. She is faculty in the Trueman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, and she serves on the Seattle Children's Hospital Ethics Committee and on the Ethics Committee of the American Thoracic Society. Other interests include family-centered-care, complex decision-making, communication, and end-of-life care in the pediatric intensive care unit.

    • Ryan Port Orchard, WA 05.21.17

      Dr. Lewis-Newby is an exceptional doctor. She is a leader in the Cardiac ICU. We were there for two months with our daughter and Dr. Lewis-Newby was terrific. Her presence in our daughters room was always calming and gentle. She was thoughtful and explained everything to us in a way would could understand. Being the Cardiac ICU was really stressful. Whenever Dr. Lewis-Newby was working really helped our stress and kept us positive. She is a true leader and really cared. She was one of our favorite doctors and we miss seeing her. Thank you Dr. Lewis-Newby!

    • 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.

  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Lewis-Newby, M
      Pediatric Disposition Classification (Reverse-Triage) System to Create Surge Capacity
      Disaster Med Public Health Prep, 2015
    • Lewis-Newby, M
      Managing Conscientious Objections in Intensive Care Medicine: An Official Policy Statement of the American Thoracic Society
      Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 2015 : 191(2)219-27
    • Lewis-Newby
      Epidemiology of Death in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Five U.S. Teaching Hospitals
      Crit Care Med, 2014 : 42(9)2101-08
    • Lewis-Newby, M
      Pediatric Triage and Allocation of Critical Care Resources During Disaster: Northwest Provider Opinion
      Prehosp Disaster Med, 2014 : 29(5)455-60
    • Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH
      Family Centered Care at the End of a Child's Life: We Must Get This Right
      Minerva Anestesiol, 2013 : 79(12)1321-3
    • Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH
      Examining Palliative Care Team Involvement in Automatic Consults for Children on Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
      J Palliat Med, 2013 : 16(5)492-95
    • Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH
      The Simulation Team Assessment Tool (STAT): Development, Reliability and Validation
      Resuscitation, 2012 : 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 : 14(12)1284-90

    Other Publications

    • 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
    • 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
    • Lewis-Newby, M
      Family Centered Care
      Pediatric Critical Care, 4th Edition, 2010

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    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
  • 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