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Robert Higgins, MD

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I specialize in:

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Angina, Stable
  • Angina, Unstable
  • and 89 more


Robert Higgins, MD, MSHA is the Chair of the Department of Surgery, the Executive Director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center and Professor of Surgery. A highly respected surgeon and leader in the field of transplantation, Dr. Higgins holds the John H. and Mildred C. Lumley Medical Research Chair at Ohio State. The prestigious chair provides funding to a nationally eminent faculty member. Dr. Higgins earned his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at Hospitals of the University Health Center in Pittsburgh, where he served as chief resident. He completed his training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he was a Winchester Scholar and fellow in cardiothoracic surgery. His many national leadership appointments include serving as president of the United Network for Organ Sharing in 2008-2009, president of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, member of the Thoracic Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and member of the Public Policy Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. Dr. Higgins’ clinical interests include transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and outcome assessment for heart failure and cardiac surgery patients. He has an extensive list of publications in his field, and is a frequent invited speaker nationally and abroad.

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My Background

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Thoracic Surgery


Thoracic/Vascular Surgery
Yale New Haven Hospital
7/1/1990 - 6/30/1993


General Surgery
St Margarets UPMC
7/1/1986 - 6/30/1990

Medical Degree

Yale University School of Medicine

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