Robert S. D. Higgins, M.D.
Surgeon-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Professor and Director of the Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 • 10:45 AM–12:00 PM
Dr. Robert S. D. Higgins joined Johns Hopkins Medicine in July 2015 as The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s surgeon-in-chief, the William Stewart Halsted Professor of Surgery and the director of the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In his role, Higgins directs all surgical subspecialties in the Department of Surgery, as well as practices cardiothoracic and transplant surgeries at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He joined Johns Hopkins from The Ohio State University, where he was professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, surgeon-in-chief, and director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Wexner Medical Center.
Dr. Higgins is a leading authority in the field of heart and lung transplantation and in coronary artery bypass surgery. His scientific interests are broad and far-ranging, including health economics and policy, competency-based residency training, and racial disparities in post-transplant outcomes.
Dr. Higgins obtained his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and went on to earn his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine, followed by a master’s degree in health services administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed a residency in general surgery and served as chief resident at the University Hospitals of Pittsburgh. He was a Winchester Scholar and fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Higgins served as a senior registrar in transplantation at the renowned Papworth Hospital, the U.K.’s largest cardiothoracic surgical program and its main heart-lung transplant center. He also served as a Major in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps.
Dr. Higgins currently holds leadership positions in numerous national organizations, including the President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Vice President/President-elect of the Society of Surgical Chairs, and a member of the American Surgical Association Membership Nominating Committee. He also previously served as the president of the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons. Most recently, he was elected to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha chapter and was awarded the Fellowship Ad Hominem of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). He has authored over 150 scientific articles and book chapters.