A photo of Nicholas Newman.

Attending Physician, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Medical Director, Pediatric Environmental Health and Lead Clinic

Pediatric Primary Care Center

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

"I strive to be as empathetic as possible. Families and kids need to know that someone really cares about them and will help them address their health concerns."

My Biography & Research


When I was a child, I missed a lot of school and activities because of my allergies and asthma. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized environmental exposures were the root cause of my condition.

As a pediatric environmental health doctor, I help families identify and reduce triggers and allergens that affect their child's health.

I strive to be as empathetic as possible. Families and kids need to know that someone really cares about them and will help them address their health concerns. There are so many behind-the-scenes details to consider when caring for sick children. I work hard to stay up to date on the latest medical advances and use evidence-based practices.

My training in pediatrics and occupational and environmental medicine lets me educate families about environmental triggers related to their child’s condition. I partner with families to help them remove or reduce the impact of these triggers.

My research focus is two-fold:

  1. I want to better understand how common environmental exposures, like air pollution and lead exposure, influence neurodevelopment and behavior in children.
  2. I work to improve asthma treatment by understanding environmental triggers and by developing interventions to reduce them.

My recent research received the Michael Shannon Award for Pediatric Environmental Health Research from the American Pediatric Association. This project examines the influence of housing age and socioeconomic status on childhood lead levels.

I also serve as co-director of the Community Engagement Core through the University of Cincinnati Center for Environmental Genetics. This is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research center. I actively work with communities to help them identify and advocate for improving air pollution and lead dust in neighborhoods.

When I’m not at work, I love competing in triathlons, cooking and reading philosophy or history. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and adult children.

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

General and Community Pediatrics, Environmental Health, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD

Research Divisions

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD, Global Health, General and Community Pediatrics

Blog Posts

Heavy Metals in Baby Food: Info Parents Need

BlogHealthy Living

Heavy Metals in Baby Food: Info Parents Need

By Nicholas Newman, DO4/13/2021

Moldy Bath Toys: How Dangerous Are They?

BlogHealthy Living

Moldy Bath Toys: How Dangerous Are They?

By Nicholas Newman, DO7/2/2018

My Locations

My Education

BS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1990.

DO: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO, 1997.

Rotating Internship: Horizon Health System/Henry Ford Health System, Michigan State University, Detroit, MI, 1998.

Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2001.

Fellowship: Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

MS: University of Cincinnati, Department of Environmental Health, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2001 (renewed 2008); American Board of Preventive Medicine, 2013

My Publications

Selected Publication

Standardizing Clinical Response to Results of Lead Screening: A Quality Improvement Study. Brown, CM; Samaan, ZM; Glance, A; Haering, A; Steele, B; Newman, N. Pediatrics. 2019; 143.

A Community-Academic Partnership to Reduce Lead Exposure From an Elevated Roadway Demolition, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2012. Newman, NC; Elam, S; Igoe, C; Jones, C; Menrath, W; Porter, D; Haynes, EN. Public Health Reports. 2017; 132:622-626.

Integrating Environmental Management of Asthma into Pediatric Health Care: What Worked and What Still Needs Improvement?. Roberts, JR; Newman, N; McCurdy, LE; Chang, JS; Salas, MA; Eskridge, B; De Ybarrondo, L; Sandel, M; Mazur, L; Karr, CJ. Clinical Pediatrics. 2016; 55:1271-1278.

Investigation of Childhood Lead Poisoning from Parental Take-Home Exposure from an Electronic Scrap Recycling Facility — Ohio, 2012. Newman, N; Jones, C; Page, E; Ceballos, D; Oza, A. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2015; 64:743-745.

Traffic-related air pollution and asthma hospital readmission in children: a longitudinal cohort study. Newman, NC; Ryan, PH; Huang, B; Beck, AF; Sauers, HS; Kahn, RS. Journal of Pediatrics. 2014; 164:1396-1402.e1.

Traffic-related air pollution exposure in the first year of life and behavioral scores at 7 years of age. Newman, NC; Ryan, P; LeMasters, G; Levin, L; Bernstein, D; Hershey, GK K; Lockey, JE; Villareal, M; Reponen, T; Grinshpun, S; et al. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2013; 121:731-736.

Translating knowledge about environmental health to practitioners: are we doing enough?. Trasande, L; Newman, N; Long, L; Howe, G; Kerwin, BJ; Martin, RJ; Gahagan, SA; Weil, WB. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. 2010; 77:114-123.

Identifying sensitive windows of airborne lead exposure associated with behavioral outcomes at age 12. Rasnick, E; Ryan, PH; Bailer, AJ; Fisher, T; Parsons, PJ; Yolton, K; Newman, NC; Lanphear, BP; Brokamp, C. Environmental Epidemiology. 2021; 5.

Residential dust lead levels and the risk of childhood lead poisoning in United States children. Braun, JM; Yolton, K; Newman, N; Jacobs, DE; Taylor, M; Lanphear, BP. Pediatric Research. 2020.

HEPA filtration improves asthma control in children exposed to traffic-related airborne particles. James, C; Bernstein, DI; Cox, J; Ryan, P; Wolfe, C; Jandarov, R; Newman, N; Indugula, R; Reponen, T. Indoor Air. 2020; 30:235-243.