Patient Rating:

4.6 out of 5

106 Patient Ratings
40 Patient Comments

Thomas F. Higgins, M.D.

Specialties

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Clinical Details

Locations

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 587-7109 Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
(801) 587-7109 University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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Bio

Dr. Thomas Higgins is an Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics. His medical was completed at Brown University, School of Medicine. His orthopaedic training was at Yale University, and post-graduate fellowship at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He has been on the faculty at University of Utah since 2000.

Dr. Higgins clinical expertise is in the treatment of complex intra-articular injuries, pelvic and acetabular trauma, and musculoskeletal care in the setting of polytrauma. His elective practice focuses on the deformity correction, malunions, and nonunions.

The author of over twenty peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters, Dr. Higgins main area of research interest clinically has been plateau fractures. In basic science, Dr. Higgins has explored the roles of IGF-1 and intra-articular inflammatory markers in post-traumatic arthritis, the effects of opiates on bone healing, and the structure of heterotopic ossification. He has been primary investigator or co-investigator on four OTA grants, two AO grants, and an OREF grant. His most recent research has focused on the genetics of trauma and the use of opiate analgesics in the trauma setting.

In the educational sphere, Dr. Higgins is recognized nationally for his research and presentations of tibial plateau fractures. He has been active with orthopaedic education with AO North America, chairing two courses, and teaching at over thirty. Previously a member of the OTA Education Committee, he has also chaired multiple resident courses for the OTA. He has received the annual teaching award twice at the University of Utah.

He currently serves on the OTA Board of Directors, and is the Program Chair for the OTA Annual Meeting. In 2009, Dr. Higgins served as the OTA/AAOS Landstuhl Visiting Scholar, and has been visiting professor at multiple universities.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Associate Professor
Board Certification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending doctor
4.6
My confidence in doctor
4.7
Time doctor spent with me
4.4
Doctor spoke using clear language
4.7
Doctor's effort to include me in decisions
4.6
Doctor's concern for questions & worries
4.5
Doctor's explanation of condition/problem
4.6
Wait time at clinic
3.8
Doctor's friendliness and courtesy
4.6

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

February 23, 2014

From Higgins (my surgeon, come monday) to the surgical coordinator (lindsley) everyone was very caring to not only my personal lifestyle but to my medical care preferences. I'm also a smoker, which when it comes to bone healing is quite detrimental. I was not lectured with a "smoking is bad. stop" worthless speech. I was spoken to with science and evidence and research backing up such claims, PLUS sympathy that yes, it's an addiction, it's not easy to give up. I really appreciated the respect and sympathy and tough love, from EVERYONE I encountered!

February 15, 2014

good

February 15, 2014

Dr. Higgins has exceeded my expectations as a provider. I feel so fortunate to have him as my specialist. He is knowledgeable and professional, but with a personal bedside manner. I would recommend him to my closest family and friends.

February 03, 2014

I really like how Dr Higgins gives me parameters regarding what I need to watch for in monitoring my L femur (Fosamax related problems) so that I know when to get back with him, and understand what I can do to minimize damage over time.

December 16, 2013

I like how Dr Higgins will go over information, until he know I understand. he gives me parameters to help me take care of my bone health, which is so important to me.

December 16, 2013

Dr. Higgins is a great doctor. He is friendly and shows concern for my condition. I would recommend him to anyone.

November 04, 2013

I was so impressed with every single person that helped me. From the ER visit to the x-ray tech, to the nurses, to my surgeon...I loved everyone!!!

October 14, 2013

Never had a bad experience. Dr. Higgins is the best!!!

October 09, 2013

Dr. Higgins is an excellent Physician. He is very respectful, knowledgeable and always makes you feel like he really cares about your medical care. Extremely pleased with him.

October 08, 2013

Everything was excellent except we were not educated on the infusion system which was of a type new to us.

October 07, 2013

Dr. Higgins and his staff were great! Explanations were clear, concerns were resolved.

September 23, 2013

good

September 07, 2013

He is seeing someone that I recommended go to this clinic.

September 03, 2013

it always amazed me that Dr. Higgins remembered that I lived 3 hours away and worked around this. He is great.

August 29, 2013

Dr. Higgins kindly followed up with me later in the day to provide the name of a provider in the city to which I am moving.

August 26, 2013

extremely impressed with Dr. Higgins. trusted him from the moment I met him in the e.r. I felt completely confident after our consultation and I am grateful to him for being my surgeon.

August 12, 2013

I know drs. are busy, but he seemed in such a rush I wasn't real comfortable with that!

August 07, 2013

When I asked a question the doctor stopped and listen and the responded. I felt like he listened to my concern.

July 09, 2013

I already have recommended him.

June 27, 2013

I could not be happier about my interactions with Dr. Higgins. He is a knowledgable provider who is an excellent communicator. He takes considerable effort to incorporate me into the decision making process. The housestaff should however be reminded to introduce themselves and explain their roles.

May 08, 2013

When we brought my daughter in, she had a condition that required immediate surgury. Dr. Higgins made a great effort on our behalf to avoid an emergency room visit. We waited while he made phone calls to pcmc to get everything arranged for us. It took almost an hour, but we were kept informed by dr. Higgins as he stepped in to talk to us (between patients I am sure) and let us know what calls he had made and the timeline we were looking at. It was a very good experience, even though it was unexpected.

April 30, 2013

Great surgeon. Very kind and informative.

April 29, 2013

Doctor acted like he didn't believe me when I told him the extent of the problems I have been experiencing

February 14, 2013

Appreciated Dr. Higgins using a model pelvis to explain my fractures.

January 28, 2013

Dr Higgins has provided me excellent care and access to him during my ordeal

January 27, 2013

Very informative second opinion. Dr. Higgins detailed the treatment I was receiving with explanations and possible prognosis in a very understandable way. Great visit.

January 14, 2013

dr higgins has always been comsistently outstanding when it comes to explaining the situation and what needs to be done. he always shows the greatest compassion and concern for your situation

December 26, 2012

Dr. Higgins Rocks!

December 03, 2012

Dr. Higgins was great- just seemed a bit rushed, which is to be expected in a quick follow up. However, any questions I have after the fact I know I can have answered if I were to call or email. The only confusion ever came with how I should proceed with future visits/appointments/etc, but was cleared up after a phone call to the clinic.

October 15, 2012

Dr. Higgings was AMAZING! Caring, thoughtful, engaging. When I called in with a question to the practice, I figured it would be a few days before I heard from a PA or Resident. Instead, Dr. Higgins called me back within minutes. I am so incredibly thankful to have found him for my daughter.

October 01, 2012

As I mentioned, the caregivers are excellent and we have the utmost confidence in the care given at your facility.

September 03, 2012

I've been dealing with a non-union of a fractured femur since 11/1/10. Dr. Higgins efforts are finally beginning to show some results and the leg is making new bone. Dr. Higgins rocks!

August 28, 2012

Thanks for the excellent care and concern.

August 27, 2012

Dr. Higgins is very professional and cares for his patients.

August 17, 2012

Dr. Higgins has all the "Right Stuff". He lives "It's about the People" and as a patient you feel it. He is very professional, knowledgeable, and concerned. I would recommend him to anyone. I am very grateful to have had him as my care provider. I have great confidence in him. I cannot say enough! Thank You.

June 30, 2012

Had another complaint that we wrote on the form and the assistant talked to us about, but the Dr. didn't follow-up on or address at all.

March 07, 2012

Good.

March 07, 2012

Dr. Higgins is exceptional. Having been to several other orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Higgins shows a level of care and LISTENING and RESPECT that I have not seen from other orthos. The U of U Ortho center is lucky to have Dr. Higgins on staff. He gives greater credibility to the whole organization. I did a lot of research trying to find the very best orthopedic trauma surgeon in the state--I have no doubt that Dr. Higgins is (without exception) the very best.

February 01, 2012

I live in NY, but because of the quality of physicians and care at the U of U, I have continued to use this facility for follow up care.

January 11, 2012

The Best

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Articular Fractures
  • Difficult Fractures
  • Malunion Surgery
  • Fracture Nonunion
  • Cartilage, Articular
  • Tibial Plateau Fractures
  • Osteotomy
  • Inflammatory Cytokine Response to Fracture
  • Prescription Opiate Use
  • Fracture Healing

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Associate Professor
Board Certification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-7100 University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Thomas Higgins is an Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics. His medical was completed at Brown University, School of Medicine. His orthopaedic training was at Yale University, and post-graduate fellowship at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He has been on the faculty at University of Utah since 2000.

Dr. Higgins clinical expertise is in the treatment of complex intra-articular injuries, pelvic and acetabular trauma, and musculoskeletal care in the setting of polytrauma. His elective practice focuses on the deformity correction, malunions, and nonunions.

The author of over twenty peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters, Dr. Higgins main area of research interest clinically has been plateau fractures. In basic science, Dr. Higgins has explored the roles of IGF-1 and intra-articular inflammatory markers in post-traumatic arthritis, the effects of opiates on bone healing, and the structure of heterotopic ossification. He has been primary investigator or co-investigator on four OTA grants, two AO grants, and an OREF grant. His most recent research has focused on the genetics of trauma and the use of opiate analgesics in the trauma setting.

In the educational sphere, Dr. Higgins is recognized nationally for his research and presentations of tibial plateau fractures. He has been active with orthopaedic education with AO North America, chairing two courses, and teaching at over thirty. Previously a member of the OTA Education Committee, he has also chaired multiple resident courses for the OTA. He has received the annual teaching award twice at the University of Utah.

He currently serves on the OTA Board of Directors, and is the Program Chair for the OTA Annual Meeting. In 2009, Dr. Higgins served as the OTA/AAOS Landstuhl Visiting Scholar, and has been visiting professor at multiple universities.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Orthopedic Surgery
Fellow
Chief Resident Yale New Haven Hospital
Orthopedic Surgery
Chief Resident
Residency Yale New Haven Hospital
Orthopedic Surgery
Resident
Internship Yale New Haven Hospital
General Surgery
Intern
Professional Medical Brown University School of Medicine
Medicine
M.D.
Graduate Training Bryn Mawr College, Post-Baccalaureate Sciences Program
Pre-Medicine
Postbaccalaureate Studies
Undergraduate Williams College
Political Science, Concentration in International Relations
B.A.

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Doornberg JN, Guitton TG, Ring (2013)Diagnosis of elbow fracture patterns on radiographs: interobserver reliability and diagnostic accuracy.  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 471(4),1373-8
  2. Holman JE, Stoddard GJ, Higgins T(2013)Rates of prescription opiate use before and after injury in patients with orthopaedic trauma and the risk factors for prolonged opiate use.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume, 95(12),1075-80
  3. Chrastil J, Sampson C, Jones KB, Higgins T(2013)Postoperative opioid administration inhibits bone healing in an animal model.  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 471(12),4076-81
  4. Isaacson BM, Brown AA, Brunker LB, Higgins TF, Bloebaum R(2011)Clarifying the structure and bone mineral content of heterotopic ossification.  Journal of Surgical Research, 167(2),e163-70
  5. Higgins TF, Johnson B(2010)Effect of exogenous IGF-1 on chondrocyte apoptosis in a rabbit intraarticular osteotomy model.  Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 28(1),125-30
  6. Hunt KJ, Higgins TF, Carlston CV, Swensen JR, McEachern JE, Beals T(2010)Continuous peripheral nerve blockade as postoperative analgesia for open treatment of calcaneal fractures.  Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 24(3),148-55
  7. Higgins TF, Kemper D, Klatt (2009)Incidence and morphology of the posteromedial fragment in bicondylar tibial plateau fractures.  Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 23(1),45-51
  8. Horwitz DS, Schabel KL, Higgins T(2007)The economic impact of reprocessing external fixation components.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume, 89(10),2132-6

Book Chapter

  1. Rothberg D, Higgins T(2013)Fractures of the Proximal Humerus  , 449-19

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