Dr. James P Higgins, MD

Dr. James P. Higgins, MD

Dr. James P. Higgins, MD

Languages: English
Fax: 410-467-5459

Contact this Provider:

  • Hand Surgery
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Conditions I Treat
  • abnormalities of the hands
  • acquired radial ulnar synostosis
  • avascular necrosis of the arm
  • avascular necrosis of the lunate
  • benign neoplasm of skin
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Procedures I Perform
  • amputation of the finger surgery
  • arthroscopy of wrist
  • burn reconstruction
  • colles fracture surgery
  • complex wound management
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About the Provider

Dr. James Higgins is Chief of The Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Higgins specializes in complex reconstruction after trauma, microsurgery, congenital hand surgery as well as fractures and disorders of the arm and wrist. He is fellowship trained in hand surgery and board certified in plastic surgery.

Dr. Higgins is recognized as a leading surgeon in the field and a sought-after national and international presenter and visiting professor. His numerous research studies and clinical trial research projects are published in prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals. While treating commonplace hand conditions he has been recognized as a leader in complex areas of hand surgery including microsurgery, hand replantation and transplantation, and wrist reconstruction.

Dr. Higgins believes in treating all patients in the same way that he would treat a family member. His dedication to patient care and compassion led him to be named a Top Doctor by Baltimore Magazine and a Super Doctor by The Washington Post.

Each year the two largest national scientific organizations of hand and microsurgery select a travelling ambassador surgeon from among their ranks of thousands of surgeons around the globe. Dr Higgins has served as the selected ambassador and travelling fellow for each of these groups. In 2010 Dr. Higgins served as the Godina travelling fellow for the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. In 2013 he then served as the Sterling Bunnell travelling fellow for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr Higgins is one of only two surgeons globally who have ever received both of these prestigious accolades.

Dr. Higgins was named a 2020 “Top Doc” by Baltimore Magazine for Hand Surgery and has been recognized since 2015.

  • Fellowship Program: Raymond Curtis Hand Cntr (2002)
  • Residency Program: Strong Memorial Hospital (2001)
  • Internship/Residency: Strong Memorial Hospital (1999)
  • Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine (1996)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand
  • Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery
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  • Baltimore Magazine Top Doc, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015