Steven R Leuthner, MD

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




Dr. Leuthner practices neonatology at Children's Wisconsin and Waukesha Memorial Hospital. His interests include issues related to neonatal ethics, such as limits of viability and terminal conditions for neonates, end-of-life care and palliative care in neonatology and pediatrics and counseling families regarding the meaning of a prenatal diagnosis of fetal anomalies. He is the neonatal and ethics consultant to the palliative care service at Children's Wisconsin. He is on the executive team of the Fetal Concerns Center, a prenatal consultation program that is a joint venture between Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Children's Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was a co-investigator for the National Children’s Study, Waukesha County Vanguard Study Center, adding his expertise in human subject’s research. He is involved in teaching ethics for medical students during their second and third year clerkship, for pediatric and obstetrical residents, as well as graduate students in the Master’s Program in Bioethics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He serves on the ethics committee at Children’s Wisconsin and Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He has served on the Counsel for Ethical and Judicial Affairs for the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, as well as an appointee on the Task Force for Newborn State Screening of the state of Wisconsin. He has served on the ethics committee for the Wisconsin Chapter, and a former member of the National Committee of Bioethics, for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of the Section on Hospice and Palliative Care of the AAP, and has served as the nominating committee chair for the executive committee of this section. 


  • 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