Linnie Maria Golightly, M.D.

Infectious Disease
Linnie Golightly

I first became fascinated by infectious diseases as a second year medical student in what was then the Cornell University Medical College. The lectures in parasitology introduced me to organisms which cause the majority of morbidity and mortality on the planet yet are infrequently seen in the US. The course started me on a journey, which led me to rural Brazil and Haiti, Harlem and Boston before returning here, as a faculty member to start my own research laboratory. True to my initial calling, the laboratory has focused on emerging infections such as malaria and dengue, which disproportionately affect those in resource poor countries. A major focus of my career has also been the fostering of a new generation of physician-scientists. The lab has been host to students and fellows from the US as well as abroad and I have served as Director of our Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program. In addition, I consider it a true privilege to now teach parasitology at WCMC, as part of the second year coursework that spawned my own career.

Dr. Golightly received her BA degree in Biology from Wayne State University and her MD degree from Cornell University Medical College. She subsequently trained in Internal Medicine at Harlem Hospital where she also served as Chief Resident. She obtained her Infectious Disease training at the Harvard Combined Infectious Disease Training Program (Beth Israel Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) and post-doctoral research training in molecular parasitology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Golightly served as a medical attending and infectious disease specialist at the Beth Israel Hospital while on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She subsequently returned to New York and established a research laboratory at the Weill Medical College. Dr. Golightly is active in training the next generation of physician-scientists. She has served as program director for the Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program, Director of the second year medical student Basis of Disease (BOD) course in Infectious Diseases and the Ben Kean Course in Tropical Medicine. She is an active teacher in Global Health at the Ithaca Campus and is a member of the International Committee, which provides oversight for WCMC international electives. She attends on the infectious disease consult service as well as in the WCMC Travel Clinic.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


Journal Articles

Bohn MC, Kessler JA, Golightly LM, Black IB. Appearance of enkephalin-immunoreactivity in rat adrenal medulla following treatment with nicotinic antagonists or reserpine. Cell and Tissue Research. 1983; 231:469-70.

Jones TC, Johnson WD Jr, Barretto A, Lago E, Badaro R, Cerf B, Reed S, Netto EM, Tada MS, Franca F, Weise K, Golightly LM, Fikrig E, Costa JM, Cuba CC, Marsden PD. Epidemiology of American cutaneous leishmaniasis due to Leishmania braziliensis. J Infect Dis. 1987;156:73-83.

Cohen JI, Sloss LJ, Kundsin R, Golightly L. Prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by Mycoplasma hominis. Am J Med. 1989; 86:819-821.

Golightly LM, Hirschhorn LR, Weller PF. Fever and headache in a splenectomized woman. Reviews of Infectious Diseases. 1989; 11:629-637.

Golightly LM, Thomas LL, Dvorak AM, Ackerman SI. Charcot-Leyden crystal protein in the degranulation of recovery of activated basophils. J Leuk Biol. 1992; 51:386-92.

Golightly LM, Mbacham W, Daily J, Wirth DF. 3' flanking elements enhance expression of the Pgs28, an ookinete protein of Plasmodium gallinaceum. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2000;105:61-70.

Mbacham WF, Chow CS, Daily J, Golightly LM, Wirth DF. Deletion analysis of the 5' flanking sequence of the Plasmodium gallinaceum sexual stage specific gene pgs28 suggests a bipartite arrangement of cis-control elements. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2001;113:183-187.

Kambili C, Murray H, Golightly LM. Malaria: 30 years of experience at a New York City Teaching Hospital. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2004;70:408-411.

Shue P, Brown SV, Cann H, Singer EF, Appleby S, Golightly LM. The 3' UTR elements of P. gallinaceum protein Pgs28 are functionally distinct from those of human cells. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2004;137:355-9.

Cann H, Brown SV, Oguariri RM, Golightly LM. 3' UTR signals necessary for expression of the Plasmodium gallinaceum ookinete protein, Pgs28, share similarities with those of yeast and plants. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2004;137:239-45.

Polley SD, Weedall GD, Thomas AW, Golightly LM, Conway DJ. Orthologous gene sequences of merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP1) from Plasmodium reichenowi and P. gallinaceum confirm an ancient divergence of P. falciparum alleles. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2005;142:25-31.

Oguariri RM, Dunn JM, Golightly LM. 3' gene regulatory elements required for expression of the Plasmodium falciparum developmental protein, Pfs25. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2006;146:163-72.

Pingle MR, Granger K, Feinberg P, Shatsky R, Sterling B, Rundell M, Spitzer E, Larone D, Golightly LM, Barany F. Multiplexed identification of blood-borne bacterial pathogens by use of a novel 16S rRNA gene PCR-ligase detection reaction-capillary electrophoresis assay. J Clin Microbiol. 2007:1927-35.

Rondini S, Pingle M.R, Das S, Tesh R, Rundell MS, Hom J, Stramer S, Turner K, Rossmann SN, Lanciotti R, Spier EG, Muñoz J, Larone D, Spitzer E, Barany F, and Golightly LM. Development of a multiplex PCR/LDR assay for detection of West Nile Virus. J Clin Microbiol. 2008 Jul; 46 (7):2269-79.

Das S, Pingle MR, Muñoz-Jordán J, Rundell MS, Rondini S, Granger K, Chang GJ, Kelly E, Spier EG, Larone D, Spitzer E, Barany F, Golightly LM. Detection and Serotyping of Dengue Virus in Serum Samples by Multiplex Reverse Transcriptase-PCR/LDR Assay. J Clin Microbiol. 2008 Aug 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Gyan B, Quarm Goka B, Adjei GO, Tetteh JKA, Kusi KA, Aikins A, Dodoo D, Lesser ML, Sison CP, Das S, Howard ME, Milbank E, Fischer K, Rafii S, Jin D, Golightly LM. Cerebral Malaria is Associated with Low Levels of Circulating Endothelial Progenitor Cells in African Children. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2008. Publication pending.

Book Chapters

Golightly LG and Johnson WD, Jr.; Borrelia Species (Relapsing Fever), In: GL Mandell, JE Bennett, R Dolin, Eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. Philadelphia; 2000: pages 2504 - 2514.

Honors and Awards

Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities 1988-89

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Minority Medical Faculty Development Program Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship 1989-94

Minority Post-doctoral Fellowship (Helena-Rubenstein), Harvard School of Public Health 1994-97

Excellence in Teaching Award, Weill Medical College of Cornell University 2005