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Cassandra A. Ligh, M.D.
Integrated Plastic Surgery Resident

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-662-6156
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Cassie Ligh is a second year resident in the Integrated Plastic Surgery program. Before joining PENN, Cassie completed her undergraduate at Columbia University, became a 7th grade math/science teacher in San Francisco, and ultimately pursued her medical degree at Duke University. Her clinical interests include reconstructive microsurgery and pediatric plastic surgery. She is interested in pursuing a career in academic plastic and reconstructive surgery.

2014 - present Assistant Instructor in Surgery
2010 - 2014 MD - Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, North Carolina
2008 - 2010 Teaching Credential - Middle School Math/Science
San Francisco, California
2004 - 2008 B.A. – Neuroscience and Behavior
Columbia University
New York, New York
2012 - 2014 Research Associate – Dr. John Migaly
Department of Surgery, Division of Colorectal Surgery
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina

2013 - 2014

Research Analyst – Dr. Mitchell J. Cohen
Department of Surgery
University of California San Francisco/SF General Hospital

San Francisco, California


2010 - 2012

Research Associate – Dr. Claude T. Moorman, III
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University Medical Center

Durham, North Carolina


2007 - 2008

Research Associate – Dr. Marcel R. M. Van Den Brink
Department of Immunology

Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital
New York, New York



Original Papers
  1. Ligh CA, Nelson JA, Wink JD, Gerety PA, Fischer JP, Wu LC, Kanchwala SK. "An analysis of early
    oncologic head and neck free flap reoperations:  lessons we can learn from the ACS-NSQIP datasets." Submitted to Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. Revising reviewer comments, pending resubmission.
  2. Ligh C, Schulman B, Safran M. “Unusual cause of shoulder pain in a collegiate athlete: a case report.” Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research Journal.2009 Oct; 467(10):2744-2748.
  3. Kappel L, Goldberg G, King C, Suh D, Smith O, Ligh C, Holland A, Grubin J, Mark N, Liu C, Iwakura Y,
    Heller G, van den Brink M. “IL-17 contributes to CD4-mediated graft-versus-host disease.” Blood.
    2009 Jan; 113(4): 945-95.
  4. Mook W, Ligh CA, Moorman, CT III, Leversedge FJ. “Nerve Injury Complicating Multiple Ligament Knee
    Injury: Current Concepts and Treatment Algorithm.” JAAOS. 2013 Jun; 21(6): 343-354.
  5. Speicher P, Ligh C, Scarborough JE, Thacker JM, Mantyh JM, Turley RS, Migaly J. “A Simple Scoring
    System for Risk-Stratifying Rectal Cancer Patients Prior to Radical Resection.” Tech Coloproctol.
    2013 Oct 2 [Epub ahead of print: PMID: 24085640]
  6. Cho EH, Ligh C, Hodulik K, Hollenbeck ST. "The Role of Platelet Inhibition in Microvascular Surgery".
    Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. Accepted March 30, 2014. In press.
  7. Peled AW, Foster RD, Ligh CA, Esserman LJ, Fowble B, Sbitany H. “The Impact of Total Skin-Sparing
    Mastectomy Incision Type on Reconstructive Complications Following Radiation Therapy.”  Plastic
    and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. Accepted 2014.
  1. Ligh CA, Fox JP, Taylor JA. "Not All Clefts Are Created Equal: Patterns of Hospital Based Care Utilization Among Children with Cleft Lip and Palate within 4 Years of First Surgery". Submitted, pending decision for ASPS. October 16-20, 2015.
  2. Ligh CA, Swanson J, Yu J, Samra F, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA. “A Morphological Classification Scheme for the Mandibular Hypoplasia in Treacher Collins Syndrome.” ISCFS Conference. September 14-18, 2015. Tokyo, Japan.
  3. Ligh CA, Hsu G, Swanson J, Sesok-Pizzini DA, Taylor JA, Stricker PA. “Low Incidence of Transfusion
    Complications in Children Undergoing Craniofacial Reconstruction.” ISCFS Conference. September 14-18, 2015. Tokyo, Japan.
  4. Ligh CA, Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Kovach SJ, Levin S. “The Effectiveness of Free Vascularized Fibular Grafts in Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head and Neck: A Systematic Review." ASRM Conference. January 24-27, 2015. Paradise Island, Bahamas
  5. Mallipeddi MK, Turley RS, Castleberry AW, Ligh CA, Migaly J, Mantyh CR. “An Analysis of Operative vs.
    Non-Operative Management of Radiographic Closed Loop Obstructions.” American College of
    Surgeons: Scientific Paper Sessions Program. 2014.
  6. Ligh C, Cho J, Senghaas A, Pien I, Butala P, Levinson H, Erdmann D, Hollenbeck ST. “Free versus Local
    Flaps for Foot and Ankle Wounds in the Era of Pedicle Perforator Flaps.” ESPRC Conference,
    Germany 2014.
  7. Mallipeddi MK, Turley RS, Castleberry AW, Ligh CA, Migaly J, Mantyh CR. “An Analysis of Operative vs.
    Non-Operative Management of Radiographic Closed Loop Obstructions.” Academic Surgical
    Congress. February 4-6, 2014. San Diego, CA.
2010 - 2013 Medical Faculty Wives Scholarship
2013 Duke Davison Travel Award
2013 Duke Medical Scholarship for Travel
2010 Sue B. Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching Finalist
2008 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award
2007 USA Volleyball Nationals – 2 gold medals Co-Ed Division, All-Tournament
MVP Honor

Dr. Cassandra Ligh

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