James Higgins, MD

Dr. Higgins serves as the fourth chief in the 70+ year history of the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr Higgins directs both the Curtis National Hand Center’s civilian hand fellowship, but also the joint Walter Reed/Curtis Hand military fellowship that has provided hand surgery training for the US Army hand surgeons since the 1960’s. He also serves as a team leader for the collaborative hand transplantation program with the Department of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His clinical and research interests include vascularized bone/cartilage reconstruction of extremity nonunions, functioning muscle reconstruction of the upper limb, toe transfer digital reconstruction, complex reconstruction of wrist and upper extremity trauma. Dr Higgins has served in prominent academic societies nationally and internationally, as a member of the executive councils of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM). He has been granted prestigious travelling fellowships for both the ASSH and ASRM, serving as an ambassador promoting innovation and collaboration among hand centers around the globe.