Steven R Leuthner, MD

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Children’s Wisconsin since 1995
  • Professor, the Medical College of Wisconsin




Dr. Steven Leuthner works with the Neonatology Division, Children's Wisconsin Ethics Committee, and is the Program Director of the Palliative Care Team. He specializes in qualitative and mixed methods research in the areas of perinatal and neonatal palliative care and ethics. He is a mentor to others in the group on their projects and is also involved in the Children’s Hospital Neonatal Consortium (CHNC) fetal and palliative care work groups. He has written on ethical topics such as withdrawing and withholding life sustaining medical therapies in the NICU, the role of palliative care in a fetal center, and advances in neonatal palliative care. He is the current Chair of the AAP Section on Bioethics and serves in State appointed positions for Newborn Screening Advisory Committee and the Medical Examining board. He also works with Dr. Erin Rholl to provide neonatology fellow education on ethics and palliative care.


  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Areas of Interest

  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatology
  • Anencephaly
  • Blood Type Incompatibility
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Congenital pulmonary airway malformation
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hydrops fetalis erythroblastosis fetalis
  • Omphalocele
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Education and Awards


  • 1989, University of Chicago (Pritzker Sch of Med, IL), MD


  • 1992, Children's Memorial Hospital - Pediatrics
  • 1992, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) - Pediatrics


  • 1995, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (Illinois) - Neonatology
  • 1995, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) - Neonatology


  • Milwaukee Magazine Top Doctors 
  • Department of Pediatrics top ten for resident teaching 2000–2001
  • Recognized by American Academy of Family Physicians, for participation as an Active
    Teacher in Family Medicine 2001, 2003–2008
  • Department of Pediatrics Clinical Physicians Award -Program Development,
    Fetal Concerns Program 2002
  • March of Dimes Wisconsin Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award2005
  • Small Business Times Health Care Hero Award, Physician Category, Medical Director,
    Fetal Concerns Program 2007
  • Best Doctors in America

Research and publications