Dr. Thomas Higgins, MD

Dr. Thomas Higgins, MD

Orthopedic Trauma Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 51
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Dr. Thomas Higgins, MD is an orthopedic trauma surgery doctor who practices in Salt Lake City, UT. He is 51 years old and has been practicing for 23 years. Read his story

590 S Wakara Way

Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Contact Information

(801) 587-7100

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
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Fracture
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more than 97% of peers
Clavicle Fracture
very high
more than 96% of peers
Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Dr. Higgins' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Higgins "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."

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Bennett's Fracture
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Carpal Fractures
  • 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
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Fracture
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Malunion of Fracture
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Simple Fractures
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spondylitis
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Wrist Fracture

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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 Humerus
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Finger Amputation
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Leg Amputation
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nonunion Surgery
  • Osteotomy
  • Pediatric Surgical Procedures
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Synovial Biopsy

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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Brown Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Shock Trauma Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Higgins has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Higgins' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Higgins to family and friends
5.0
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Dr. Higgins' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
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Dr. Higgins accepts 14 insurance carriers
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • EmblemHealth
    Emblem Health
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Medico
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
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    Options PPO
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Hospitals where Dr. Higgins has admitting privileges

University of Utah Health Care
50 N. Medical Drive SLC
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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University Orthopaedic Center
590 S Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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Primary Children's Hospital
100 Mario Capecchi Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
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