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Practice areas

  • Brain Cancer Team
  • Neurology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Neuroscience

Faculty rank

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Clinic information

Clinical interests

  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Neuro-Oncology



University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington


Pediatric Neurology, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Pediatrics, University of Louisville, Kosair Children's Hospital


Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Certifications or Special training

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child Neurology

Additional information


My name is Donita Lightner; I specialize in pediatric neuro-oncology. I received my medical degree from the University of Kentucky and completed my residency at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Additionally, I completed a pediatric neurology residency and fellowship at the University of Kentucky and a pediatric neuro-oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

I specialize in pediatric brain tumors and will join Dr. Thomas Pittman in the management of children with brain tumors.


  1. Thakkar JP, Dolecek TA, Horbinski C, Ostrom QT, Lightner DD, Barnholtz-Sloan JS, Villano JL.
    Epidemiologic and molecular prognostic review of glioblastoma.
    Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Oct;23(10):1985-96.
  2. Mannas JP, Lightner DD, Defrates SR, Pittman T, Villano JL.
    Long-term treatment with temozolomide in malignant glioma.
    J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Jan;21(1):121-3.