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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
Fax: 215-662-7983

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Cassie Ligh is a first 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 009 Jan; 113(4): 945-95.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 2014 Apr 11 [Epub ahead of print: PMID 24732652]
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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