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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Ratings & Reviews

4.82 out of 5
5 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

  • Patient Review

    Dr. Lightner is the best!!! We love her!!!! Couldn't ask for a better pediatric neurologist to take care of my son!!

    Patient Review

    Dr. Lightner took time to explain all concerns and treatment options of my diagnosis with me. She never made me feel that she was rushing me.

    Patient Review

    *Dr. Lightner is exceptional! She is the best on so many levels! Her genuine care, concern, and communication are greatly appreciated!

    Patient Review

    Dr. Lightner is so caring and amazing to her patients and the parents of those she treats. She listens and show true empathy and compassion.

    Patient Review

    Dr.Lightner was excellent. Took all,the necessary time to answer questions and do a complete examination