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Charles J. Lightdale, MD

Board Certifications: 
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Expertise in: 
Cancer Care
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Credentials & Experience

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Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine

Clinical Expertise

  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Barrett Esophagus
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Esophagus Disorder
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy Procedures
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Disorder
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Second Opinion
  • Swallowing Disorder

Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Residency: New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center
  • Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Fellowship: New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center

About Charles Lightdale

Current research is focussed on Barrett's esophagus. Targeted biopsies using confocal endomicroscopy for more accurate diagnosis. Radiofrequency ablation of Barrett's esophagus. Endoscopic mucosal resection of pre-cancerous lesions and early cancer. Blood tests and biopsy tests for early detection of esophageal cancer. Prevention of esophageal cancer in Barrett's esophagus.

Academic Titles

  • Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Male

Insurance Accepted

Elderplan

  • Medicare Managed Care

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare

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Contact & Locations

1
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
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2
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
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Research

I am a trained gastroenterologist with clinical expertise in the areas of pancreatic cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, and other related diseases. My specialties include digestive and liver disorders, gastroenterology, and cancer. I have authored over 130 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, 290 reviews, editorials, and book chapters. I have served on two consecutive 4-year terms as Editorin-Chief of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the official journal of the ASGE. Identifying ways to prevent upper-GI cancers is the main goal of my research. My research areas include studying Barrett's esophagus; targeted biopsies using confocal endomicroscopy for more accurate diagnosis; radiofrequency ablation of Barrett's esophagus; endoscopic mucosal resection of pre-cancerous lesions and early cancer. I have also worked extensively on developing blood and biopsy tests for early detection and prevention of esophageal cancers; and the use of endoscopic ultrasound for diagnosis and staging of gastrointestinal cancers.

Selected Publications

  • Lightdale CJ. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Changing the Conversation. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2020 Apr;30(2):xi-xii. doi: 10.1016/j.giec.2020.02.001. PMID: 32146952
  • Ginès A, Lightdale CJ. How I do a diagnostic EUS. Endoscopy. 2019; 51(10):973-975. PMID: 31307101
  • Goldblum JR, Shaheen NJ, Vennalaganti PR, Sharma P, Lightdale CJ. WATS for Barrett's surveillance. Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Jul;88(1):201-202. PMID: 29935618