James P Higgins, MD| Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery | MedStar Health

James P Higgins, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.7 out of 5 (356 reviews)

Specialties: Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery

Languages: English

About me

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.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Flexor Tendon Repair
  • Hand Arthritis
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Scaphoid Fracture
  • Tendinitis Of The Hand
  • Wrist Fracture
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Conditions and procedures

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
  • Buckle Fracture
  • Burn Scars
  • Bursitis Of The Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Cellulitis Of Finger
  • Compromised Skin Grafts
  • Compromised Tissue Flaps
  • Congenital Radial Ulnar Synostosis
  • Contracture
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Digital Ischemia
  • Distal Radial Fracture
  • Dupuytren Contracture
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Bone Spur
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Epicondylitis
  • Finger Arthritis
  • Finger Dislocation
  • Finger Fracture
  • Finger Osteoarthritis
  • Finger Tendon Tear
  • Forearm Fracture
  • Foreign Body (FINGER)
  • Foreign Body (HAND)
  • Galeazzi Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Arthritis
  • Hand Fracture
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Mallet Finger
  • Malunion Fracture Of The Forearm
  • Malunion Fracture Of The Wrist
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Nail Injury
  • Nerve Injury
  • Non-Displaced Fracture Of Radius
  • Non-Displaced Fracture Of Ulna
  • Nonunion Fracture Of The Forearm
  • Proximal Ulnar Fracture
  • Radial Fracture
  • Radial Nerve Injury
  • Radial Pseudarthrosis
  • Radioulnar Synostosis
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scaphoid Fracture
  • Scapholunate Advanced Collapse (SLAC)
  • Sports Related Finger Injury
  • Sports Related Hand Injury
  • Sports Related Thumb Injury
  • Sports Related Wrist Injury
  • Stress Fracture Of The Radius
  • Tendinitis Of The Hand
  • Tendon Injury
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Tenosynovitis Of Hand
  • Thumb Aplasia
  • Traumatic Amputation Of The Arm
  • Traumatic Amputation Of The Hand
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury
  • Trigger Finger
  • Ulnar Fracture
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression At/In Wrist Or Hand
  • Ulnar Nerve Injury
  • Ulnar Pseudarthrosis
  • Wrist Arthritis
  • Wrist Contracture
  • Wrist Dislocation
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Sprain
  • Wrist Tendon Tear
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Procedures I perform

  • Amputation Of The Finger Surgery
  • Arthroscopy Of Wrist
  • Burn Reconstruction
  • Colles Fracture Surgery
  • Complex Wound Management
  • Cosmetic Hand Surgery
  • Elbow Injection
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Finger Deformity Surgery
  • Finger Flexor Recession
  • Finger Fracture Surgery
  • Finger Tendon Lengthening
  • Fingernail Avulsion Procedure
  • Fingertip Repair
  • Flap Surgery
  • Flexor Tendon Repair
  • Forearm Fracture Surgery
  • Galeazzi Fracture Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Therapies
  • Hand Transplant
  • Lunate Fracture Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Open Reduction And Internal Fixation Orif Finger
  • Open Reduction And Internal Fixation Orif Hand
  • Open Reduction And Internal Fixation Orif Wrist
  • Percutaneous Pinning
  • Polydactyly Hand Surgery
  • Post Traumatic Reconstruction
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Finger
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Repair Laceration
  • Scapholunate Advanced Collapse (SLAC) Surgery
  • Skin Graft
  • Splinting
  • Styloidectomy
  • Tendon Repair Surgery
  • Tenotomy
  • Thumb Fracture Surgery
  • Treatment For Post-Traumatic Deformity
  • Trigger Finger Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Trigger Thumb Injection
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Wound Care
  • Wrist Flexor Recession
  • Wrist Steroid Injection
  • Wrist Tendon Lengthening
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Practice locations

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3333 North Calvert Street
Floor 2
Baltimore, MD, 21218


Fax 410-467-5459

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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)"
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)"
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO"
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans



Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery

Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand

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)


  • Baltimore Magazine Top Doc, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Ratings and reviews

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  • Jul 26, 2023

    Dr James Higgins is an absolutely professional knowledgeable kind compassionate man. He's the best!

  • Jun 21, 2023

    Dr. Higgins was very present and listened carefully and responded to all my questions.

  • Jun 21, 2023

    Dr. Higgins has now performed the same surgery on both my wrists. He is talented and listens to my concerns and offers plain speaking advice and comment. Really appreciate his bedside manner.