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Melani Lighter, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Division of General, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery

Associate Program Director of General Surgery Residency Training Program

Department of Surgery


Building & Room:

Clinical Sciences Building


840 S. Wood Street, Suite 435E, Chicago IL 60612

Office Phone:



Specialties: General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Endoscopy, Abdominal Wall Hernia, Reflux Disease, Gastrointestinal Surgery

Appointments:  Attending Surgeon at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, Attending Surgeon at Saint Anthony Hospital

Academic Affiliations: Associate Program Director of Surgical Residency Training Program, Program Director - S.E.A.D. (Surgical Exploration and Discovery) for UIC College of Medicine students, Education Director – Residents SITL (Surgical Innovation and Training Laboratory), UIC General Surgery Women in Surgery Leadership

Clinical Interests: Management of Reflux Disease, Abdominal Wall Hernias, Diseases of Gastrointestinal Tract, Treatment and Interventional and Minimally Invasive Techniques of Lung Cancer, Endoscopies, Thoracic Procedures

Languages: English, French


Medical Education: Medical Doctor – St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada (Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program)
Residency: General Surgery Residency – St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor
Fellowship: Non-ACGME Thoracic Surgery Fellowship - Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

Licensures and Certifications

Illinois Physician License

Illinois Substance Controlled License

American Board Certified

Intuitive DaVinci Robot Training Certificate

ATLS Instructor

Stop the Bleed Certificate and Instructor