BSC, PhD, MB BCHIR (Cambridge), FRCOG, FRANZCOG, CCSST (UK CREI EQUIVELANT)
Dr Antony Lighten is passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for his patients through the most advanced and up-to-date science.
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Dr Lighten specialises in all aspects of fertility treatments including IVF & fertility surgery. He has almost 30 years of experience in treating patients in fertility clinics in the UK, Ireland, and Australia. He is doubly qualified as both a medical doctor and a science PhD. With a strong science background, Dr Lighten bases all his treatments on the most up to date scientific evidence.
Originally, from the United Kingdom, Dr Lighten graduated from Cambridge University Medical School and gained a PhD at Imperial College in London. He completed his specialist training in London and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Further studies at the Oxford University Fertility Unit led to him completing sub-specialist training in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery (CCSST), which is the UK equivalent of the CREI.
His first post as a fertility doctor was working for Prof. Lord Robert Winston at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. At that time, Lord Winston was the UK’s pre-eminent Fertility Specialist and his research team led by Prof. Alan Handyside had just become the first in the world to perform Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Dr Lighten became Lord Winston’s Research Fellow. His research, although rather esoteric 20 years ago, has become highly relevant. Dr Lighten was the first scientist to demonstrate genomic imprinting in human embryos. Disruption of this imprinting process by IVF culture is now much studied and is known to be the cause of rare genetic conditions that can cause overgrowth syndromes and cancers.
Dr Lighten is also an experienced fertility surgeon specialising in complex surgical procedures, which improve the chance of both spontaneous pregnancy and pregnancy after IVF. He performs fertility operations such as advanced laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis, hysteroscopic surgery for intra-uterine problems at Northwest Private Hospital.
Outside of medicine, Dr Lighten enjoys ski touring and cycling. He represented Great Britain at the Junior World Rowing Championship. He also represented the University of London and Cambridge University (Reserve Goldie Crew) at Rowing. He was a reservist medical officer in the British Army for 12 years, serving with the Parachute Regiment. Dr Lighten also worked as a Management Consultant for McKinsey and Co during a break from medical practice.
To learn more about Dr Antony Lighten please visit his website: www.antonylighten.com.au
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