Faculty & Staff bios

Diana Lithgow, PhD, FNP-C

Assistant Dean of Distance Education, Director MSN/FNP Program, Professor

College of Graduate Nursing

E-Mail: dlithgow@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-469-5389


Dr. Lithgow is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has been in clinical practice for 32 years, serving the underinsured and uninsured population. Women's Health and special procedures are a sub specialty of interest, but her practice includes pediatrics, geriatrics, and adult medicine. She is currently a full-time Professor for Western University of Health Sciences, the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program and the Assistant Dean of Distance Education for the College of Graduate Nursing.  Additionally, she is precepting Nurse Practitioner students at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic for the last 24 years has kept an academic focus to supplement her clinical practice.

Her doctoral body of work focused on Breast Cancer Biomarkers and the development of an early clinical tool to identify breast cancer risk years prior to the development of cancer cells.  Dr. Lithgow lectures for conferences and seminars on topics related to: the Nurse Practitioner Role and Practice Issues; Health Policy; Managed Care and the Nurse Practitioner as a Primary Care Provider in that system. She has authored a chapter in an Acute Care NP text on Health Policy and NP Practice Issues, and numerous articles on clinical topics from HPV, Breast Cancer Biomarkers and Hepatitis B.

Earning her PhD in Nursing from UCLA in 2005, she has continued to network with colleagues working in the breast cancer biomarker field.  At the 2000 Annual Educational Conference of CANP, Dr. Lithgow was awarded the "NP of Distinction / 2000" for her efforts in legislative, professional and academic achievements. In 1996, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners awarded Dr. Lithgow the California NP of the Year Award for Achievement in Excellence. She is very honored and hopes to continue to serve her profession proudly.