Dr. Peter Newsom, MD

Adult Psychiatry  |  
Male  |  
Age 65
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Dr. Peter Newsom, MD
Dr. Peter Newsom, MD is an adult psychiatry doctor who practices in Menlo Park, CA. He is 65 years old and has been practicing for 38 years. Dr. Newsom is affiliated with El Camino Hospital- Mountain View Campus and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center.

1187 University Dr # 3

Menlo Park, CA 94025

Contact Information

(650) 462-9200

Dr. Peter Newsom, MD

Dr. Peter Newsom, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Magellan Health Services

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Newsom believes in always teaching active skills as preferable to simply prescribing pills. If medication is prescribed, it is the lowest possible dose for the least period of time. Different forms of psychotherapy, especially the careful and precise teaching of mindfullness, are always going to help the patient more in the long run than simply prescribing, the most passive form of mental health care. Dr. Newsom always incorporates integrative holistic medicine, diet, and intensive exercise.
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Dr. Newsom's Experience

Dr. Newsom's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Adult Psychiatry
  • Board certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Holistic Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Emergency Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Emergency Medicine*
  • Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcohol-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Amphetamine and Other Psychostimulant Dependence
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cocaine Addiction
  • Combination Drug Dependence
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Depersonalization Disorder
  • Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Drug-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbances of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Nondependent Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Cocaine Abuse
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychogenic Disorders (incl. Psychogenic Pain)
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Tobacco Use Disorder


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  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)
  • Psychotherapy for Crisis

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Reed College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University Of Illinois At Chicago / College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Stanford University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Newsom has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Newsom's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Newsom to family and friends
based on 25 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Newsom's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
in Saratoga, CA |
Dr. Newsom has a vast knowledge of methods to heal the body naturally. He has a special interest in lifestyle medicine and the ageing brain. Probably not the guy you want to see if you only want drug therapy.
in Menlo Park, CA |
Dr. Newsom is a gift in every sense of the word. He is a walking genius with a heart for marriage and children and wellness in the home. I have been seeing him for over ten years and feel he is the best, hands down, choice for anything from marriage counseling to managing stress to raising children. He diagnosed a rare type of seizure I was having and I did not even know I was dealing with this disorder. He is a man of integrity and teaches mindfulness and teachings of Jesus to those receptive.
in New York, NY |
Saw him for my anorexia, PTSD, depression, after being in the hospital for a fair amount of time. I needed medication management primarily. (I had other team members). What he thought would be best was going off my medication and beginning an intense cardio program. Getting me out and running in particular would lift my mood, he said. This is contrary to anorexia treatment guide. He also recommended forming a sort of php with his office. Many appointments weekly, unclear on their benefit to me.
in Palo Alto, CA |
Snake oil salesman, Spends up appointments pushing treatments that have very little scientific research into. Makes clients sign up for expensive vitamin suppliments.
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Dr. Newsom accepts 4 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Magellan Health Services

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Hospitals where Dr. Newsom has admitting privileges

El Camino Hospital- Mountain View Campus
2500 Grant Rd
Mountain View, CA 94040
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Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Dr
Burlingame, CA 94010
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