Dr. Thomas F. Higgins, MD

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Dr. Thomas F. Higgins, MD

Orthopedic Trauma Surgery | Male

University Orthopedic Center 590 S Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 Get Directions

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Dr. Thomas Higgins is an Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics. His medical degree...
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Bennett's Fracture
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Extremity Malunions
  • Extremity Nonunion
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Malunion of Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Simple Fractures
  • Still's Disease
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Wrist Fracture

Procedures Performed

  • Achilles Tenotomy
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Amputation
  • Arm Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Finger Amputation
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Leg Amputation
  • Nonunion Surgery
  • Osteotomy
  • Pediatric Surgical Procedures
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment

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Education

  • Medical School
    Brown Medical School

    Graduated in 1994

  • Internship Hospital
    Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Residency Hospital
    Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Shock Trauma Center

Awards & Recognition

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Malpractice claims in Utah not available
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Higgins says...

Dr. Thomas Higgins is an Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics. His medical degree 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.