- Year joined staff:
Areas of Interest
Nonoperative and Operative Care of Hip and Knee Arthritis and Injuries; Hip and Knee Injection Therapy; Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement; Partial Knee Replacement; Revision Knee Replacement; Revision Hip Replacement; Arthroscopic Surgery: Hip and Knee; Hip Impingement Surgery; Hip Labral Repair; Meniscal Repair; Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair; Patella Stabilization; Nonoperative and Operative Care of Fractures of the Extremities
- SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine
- Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery
- Rush University, Chicago, IL, Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip and Knee
- Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD, General Surgery
Dr Lighthart is the head of our Joint Replacement Team and is an expert in primary as well as complex and revision hip and knee replacement surgery. He recently helped lead the outstanding team of practitioners and staff at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic and Rutland Regional Medical Center to achieving a designation as a “Blue Distinction” center of excellence for total joints. He has extensive training in hip and knee surgery including minimally invasive surgery, partial knee replacement, hip resurfacing, anterior approach hip replacement and two incision hip replacement, hip and knee arthroscopy and complex reconstruction of the hip and knee.
Drew is a skier, snowboarder and fly fisherman and former NCAA collegiate football player. He grew up in Buffalo New York, went to Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and then returned to Buffalo for medical school. After that, he spent 6 years training in orthopedic surgery at Union Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins University and The University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He then spent an additional year receiving fellowship training in hip and knee replacement surgery at Rush University and Central Dupage Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois before moving to Rutland, Vermont. He is dedicated to the treatment of injuries and degenerative conditions utilizing the outstanding resources available to him and his team at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic and Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Lighthart says, “I believe it is important to individualize care and treat the patient as a whole and not just as a problem or set of problems. My goal is to eliminate pain, restore function and get patients back to their usual activities with as little discomfort, down time and disruption of their lives as possible. Advanced techniques including minimally invasive surgery, multimodal pain management and accelerated rehabilitation protocols allow me to achieve these goals. I enjoy the diversity of patients that I get to treat and I work hard in partnership with my patients in helping them achieve the best possible outcomes.”
Teaching or Professional Positions
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Knee and Hip Specialist
Physician Leader of Joint Replacement Team
Active Medical Staff Rutland Regional Medical Center
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Vermont Medical Society
Rutland County Medical Society
Vermont Orthopaedic Society
Honors, Awards, etc.
Author of Chapter of Textbook on Clinical Pearls in Hip Replacement
Author of Research Papers in Peer Reviewed Journal
Best Hip Surgeon Award, Union Memorial Hospital
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified, July 2009