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
6 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

    May 16th 2022
    *Dr. Lightner is exceptional! She is the best on so many levels! Her genuine care, concern, and communication are greatly appreciated!

    Patient Review

    March 24th 2022
    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

    March 10th 2022
    Dr.Lightner was excellent. Took all,the necessary time to answer questions and do a complete examination

    Patient Review

    December 10th 2021
    *Dr. Lightner is very warm, practical, & even-keeled.

    Patient Review

    October 29th 2021
    We LOVE Donita. She is so thorough, detail oriented, and has an amazing "bedside" manner. We recommend her to anyone that may need her specialized care.
    • Patient Review

      October 15th 2021
      *Dr. Lightner was so good with my daughter & put her at ease with her diagnosis. Can not say enough good about her!