Dr. Donita Lightner specializes in pediatric neuro-oncology. She received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky and completed her residency at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Additionally, she 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.

Dr. Lightner specializes in pediatric brain tumors and joins Dr. Thomas Pittman in the management of children with brain tumors.

Faculty Rank

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Training & Education


University of Kentucky, College of Medicine


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


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

Certifications and Special Training

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child Neurology

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    Dr. Lightner is a very caring person. She truly listens and attentive always! Highly recommend her to others.

    Patient Review

    Dr. Lightner is an excellent healthcare provider. She always listens to your concerns, and includes you in the decison-making process.

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    He is special need child and you all do really well with him.

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    Dr. Lightner and staff at Dance Blue are the best!

    Patient Review

    Dr Lightener is a great dr she listens and truly cares about me