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Dr Lighten is subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. Subspecialists are specialists, who have elected to undertake an additional three years of subspecialty study after completing general specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Less than 10% of specialists elect to undergo subspecialist training. Subspecialists spend all of their time working in the subspecialty area and therefore acquire advanced competencies and skills in their field. Subspecialists in reproductive medicine are experts in infertility, reproductive endocrinology and fertility surgery. Subspecialisation in reproductive medicine ensures comprehensive and thorough approach to the management of patients with fertility and reproductive endocrine disorders.

Dr Lighten is an accredited specialist in Advanced Laparoscopy and Reproductive Surgery. He learned open microsurgical techniques for tubal surgery and removing fibroids at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. He was trained in advanced laparoscopy for conditions affecting fertility at the the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. These centres are internationally renowned for clinical practice and pioneering research in the areas of infertility and fertility surgery.


Dr Lighten is doubly qualified as both a fertility specialist and a science PhD in embryology and genetics. This gives Dr Lighten a complete understanding of both the clinical and laboratory aspects of fertility problems and their treatments. He spent 4 years out of clinical practice, in a full time research post in the laboratory of Professor Lord Robert Winston in London. He obtained a PhD in genetics and embryology from Imperial College, London. He won a prize for the best PhD research project at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London in 1998. He also won the prize for the 'most promising young scientist’ for his work on early embryo development by the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in 1998. He has continued his interest in research and has recently published a paper on polycystic ovarian syndrome and IVF.

More information on UK CSST and Australian CREI subspecialist training:

Royal College of Gynaecologists

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

More information on Dr Lighten's research publications: