Treatment & Services
- Abdominal Perineal Resection
- Abdominal Surgery
- Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
- Advanced Operative Laparoscopy
- Anorectal Fistula Treatment
- Anorectal Surgery
- Clinical Trials
- Colon And Rectal Surgical Procedures
- Colon Surgery
- Colorectal Cancer - Prevention
- Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis
- Colorectal Cancer Research
- Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
- Colorectal Cancer Treatment
- Colorectal Surgery
- Fecal Diversion
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Ileoanal Pouch
- Intestinal Stomas
- J Pouch
- Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
- Laparoscopic Colectomy
- Laparoscopic Colon Resection
- Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
- Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
- Laparoscopic Fecal Diversion
- Laparoscopic Ileocolectomy
- Laparoscopic J-pouch Surgery
- Laparoscopic Proctosigmoidectomy
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
- Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender( LGBT Health)
- Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
- Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
- Pouch Center
- Rectal Cancer Surgery
- Rectum Reoperative Abdominopelvic Surgery
- Re-Do Rectal Surgery
- Reoperative Abdominal and Pelvic Surgery
- Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
- Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
- Reoperative Surgery
- Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
- Rigid Sigmoidoscopy
- Robotic Colorectal Surgery
- Robotic Female Surgery
- Robotic Surgery
- Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
- Rubber Band Ligation Of Hemorrhoids
- Second Opinion
- Sphincter Sparing Surgery
- Stoma Surgery
- Surgery For Carcinoma Of The Colon
- Surgery For Crohn's Disease
- Surgery for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
- Surgery for Rectovaginal Fistula
- Surgical Management for Ulcerative Colitis
- Surgical Treatment for Mucosal Ulcerative Colitis
- Total Abdominal Colectomy
- Tracheal Intubation
- Treatment for Anal Fissure
- Treatment for Anal Fistula
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Abdominal Abscess
- Adenomatous Polyps
- Anal Abscesses
- Anal Cancer
- Anal Fissures
- Anal Fistula
- Benign Anorectal Disease
- Cancer of the Colon, Rectum and Anus
- Carcinoma of the Colon
- Carcinoma of the small and large bowel
- Colon Cancer
- Colon Diseases
- Colon Polyps
- Colonic Neoplasia
- Colovaginal Fistula
- Colovesticle Fistula
- Crohn's Disease
- Enterocutaneious Fistula
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Intestinal Fistula
- Intestinal Fistulae
- Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
- Large Bowel Cancer
- Large Intestine Cancer
- Small Bowel Cancer
- Small Intestine Cancer
- Stoma Related Problems
- Ulcerative Colitis
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Rochester, MN USA
Residency - David Geffen School of Medicine @ UCLA
Los Angeles, CA USA
Medical Education - Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA
Undergraduate - Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA USA
- Postdoctoral fellowship in Stem Cell Biology at Stanford University
- Stem cell therapy for Crohn's disease
- Reconstructive pouch surgery
- Surgery - General Surgery
- Colon and Rectal Surgery
inflammatory bowel disease, stem cell therapy, pouch reconstruction
Awards & Honors
Sherman Prize for Emerging Leader in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Awarded to an emerging leader in inflammatory bowel disease with monetary support for research endeavors. 2018.
2018 Transform the Practice Award, Translational work cost for “The intra-arterial delivery of mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of luminal Crohn’s disease: safety, efficacy, and its implications for disease discovery.” Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2019-2021.
Center for Regenerative Medicine Research Award, “The local delivery of mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of fistulas related to Crohn’s disease of the pouch” Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2019-2021.
Center for Regenerative Medicine Research Award, “The local delivery of mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of rectovaginal fistulas related to Crohn’s disease” Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2019-2021.
2018 Department of Surgery Small Research Grant, Translational work cost for “Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Fistulizing Crohn’s Disease: Optimizing the Cellular Product for Future Investigation.”Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2018-2020.
2018 Research Career Support and Advancement Award, Translational work cost for “The intra-arterial delivery of mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of luminal Crohn’s disease: safety, efficacy, and its implications for disease discovery.”, Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2018-2020.
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Career Development Award, Targeted, intra-arterial delivery of mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of luminal Crohn’s disease, Primary Investigator, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2018-2020.
Advance the Practice Research Award, Imaging biomarkers derived from integrated Time-of-flight (TOF) FDG PET/MR Enterography for differentiating predominantly fibrotic from predominantly inflammatory enteric strictures in patients with Crohn's disease, Co-Investigator, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, 2018-2020.
Center for Regenerative Medicine 2016 Career Development Regenerative Medicine Award, Career Development Award, Translational work cost for “Angiographic delivery of mesenchymal derived stem cells for the treatment of severe medically refractory Ulcerative colitis (UC)”, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2016-2018.
California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Training Grant, Stem Cell Biology (TG2-01159), 2010-2012.
Training Grant, Molecular and Cellular Immunobiology (5 T32 AI07290), 2010-2011.
2018-present Associate Editor, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
2017-present Associate Editor, Colorectal Disease
2017-present Associate Editor, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
2017-present CCF Abstract Review Committee
2017-present CCF Chair of Surgical Planning Committee
2017-present ASCRS Practice Guideline Writing Committee
2017-present ASCRS Associate Chair of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Committee
2015-present Member, European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization
2015-present Member, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
2015-present Member, Surgical Society of the Alimentary Tract
2015-present Member, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
Research & Publications
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Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Lightner receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:
- Ossium Health, Inc.
- Mesoblast, Inc.
- Boomerang Medical
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- RegenTX, LLC
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115 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
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|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.7|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.7|
16 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022
Fantastic experience! Dr. Lightner is the absolute best!!
Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022
Dr Lightner is always forthcoming about information, she is down to earth and professional and very easy to talk to. It is frustrating for all of us regarding supply chain and other things holding up her stem cell trial, but she is very open about letting patients know what's going on , to the best of her knowledge.
Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022
Always a great experience from Dr Lightner to her nurse Amy and to the people who schedule appointments.
Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022
Outstanding service! I have recommened the clinic to many! Dr. Amy litghtner an amazing surgeon and dr. She is a talented, informed and caring Dr. She actually saved my life. I would considerner no Dr. Other than her!
Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022
Dr. Lightner is the best CRS that I've had so far and I've now been through 2 others. She is knowledgeable, compassionate and understanding. She always answers my questions and explains the best possible treatment plan for my health issues.
Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021
Dr Lightner was very kind and responsive to my questions and needs. She promptly answered all questions and gave advise for medical needs.
Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021
It was black and white with the doctor, can have surgery or not. Other than saying add more fiber to my diet, offered no other guidance on relief if not wanting to have a procedure done. I brought up a few questions/ideas on relief for my issue and she agreed but was not very pro-active. I kept asking some questions for relief solutions and finally the nurse/assistant offered a compound the pharmacy has that may be helpful. Doctor agreed with that option. I asked for the compound prescription, but felt the doctor really didn't care at all about my situation. Said if I decide to have them removed in the future I would just need to call to schedule. To me, it's very personal but I did not feel to her it mattered.
Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021
It was my understanding she was to review my exam and appointment with my gastro doctor so he would make an assessment of the next step in my care. The summary of my appointment did not show that that actually happened. I have not heard from the gastro doctor as well.
Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021
Dr. Lightner was very kind and caring. She explained everything well.
Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021
Wish she would communicate with husband in phone after surgery per my request. I alsoHad complications from one surgery and it took much longer but ince again poor communication to my husband by staff. Dr. Lightner is great!
Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021
Dr Lavery was my doctor before. He saved my life by fixing a fistula and did a second surgery to put my intestines back up and secured them in place. Dr Lightner was not very positive about doing another internal surgery for another fistula. I know her expertise is Crohn's disease. I wonder if there is someone on staff whose expertise is fixing Fistulas and dealing with radiation damage and intestinal loops that have fallen down low.
Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021
Dr. Lightner is the most caring doctor I've ever had. She is one of a kind.
Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021
I ANSWERED THIS BY TEXT YESTERDAY. I WANT TO STRESS AGAIN THAT IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO GIVE ANY NEGATIVE FEED BACK BUT THIS TIME,I FELT AFTER BEING IN SO MUCH PAIN FOR OVER A YEAR AND MAKING A VERY DIFFICULT TRIP TO CLEVELAND FROM GEORGIA BUT WITH GREAT HOPE IN RECEIVING HELP,I NEEDED TO VENT MY DISAPPOINTMENT. I AM NOT SURE THAT DR LIGHTNER EVEN EXAMINED THE LARGE FISSURE I HAVE AND THE WAY MY SKIN WAS (AND IS)PEELING OFF. THE WOUND CARE NURSES SHE CALLED WERE APPRECIATED, THE DR I SAW IN DERMATOLOGY SEEMED CONCERNED AND SPENT A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME WITH ME BUT DID SAY SHE REALLY HAD NOT SEEN ANYTHING LIKE MY CONDITION(ALTHO AT FIRST SIGHT THOUGHT IT WAS CROHNS)BUT TOLD ME THIS WAS NOT HER EXPERTISE AND SHE WAS AN ESTHETIC DERMATOLOGIST. I APPRECIATED HER EFFORT A,LL THE SAME. I BASCIALLY CAME HOME WITH LITTLE TO NO HELP AND ALOT DISAPPOINTMENT AND PAIN AND HAVING SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY TO SEE DOCTORS I THOUGHT COULD HELP ME
Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021
I had been in sever pain for over a year. I was very hopeful that I would receive help at the Cleveland clinic. However,the Dr spent little time with me and less time doing any exam. She just said she had not seen anything like this condition I had. She did call the wound care nurses and they were very professional and caring. I waited for two days to see dermatology. The Dr I saw was nice and spent some time with me but then said she was not sure what my condition might be . No one really gave me any plan for care. I came home in worse condition due to the pain of travel and disappointment of lack of guidance.
Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021
My doctor is great.
Reviewed on May 4, 2021
I have already recommended Dr. Lightner.
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