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Thomas Higgins, MD

Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care

Portrait of Dr. Thomas HigginsDepartmental/Divisional Leadership Roles

  • Division Chief (Interim), Pulmonology and Critical Care, Department of Medicine 

Education and Training

  • Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
    M.B.A. (2000-2002)
  • Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
    Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (1987-1988)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
    • Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine (1986-1987) 
    • Residency, Anesthesiology (1984-1986)
  • Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
    Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine (1978-1981)
  • Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
    Combined BA-MD Program (1972-1978)

Scholarly Foci

  • Benchmarking outcomes and severity of illness soring (APACHE, MPM, SAPS)
  • Hospital management including case management, physician advisers, and patient flow
  • Health services research especially related to COVID-19
  • Septic shock and intensive care unit management
  • Intensive care unit sedation and neuromuscular blockage 

Scholarly Activity

View a list of Dr. Higgins' publications in the Scholarly Commons repository.

Professional Societies and Leadership Roles (Limit 5)

  • American Association of Physician Leadership (formally ACPE)
    • Editorial Board Physician Leadership Journal
      • Board of Directors (2017-present)
    • Member (1995-present)
  • American College of Physicians
    • Massachusetts Chapter
      • Governor's Council (2011-present)
    • Member (1987-present)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
    • Editorial Board (2007-present)
    • Member (1982-present)

Significant Honors and Awards (Limit 5)

  • Master, American College of Physicians (2023)
  • Star Research Awards, Society of Critical Care Medicine (2018, 2020, 2021)
  • Extraordinary Service Award, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Baystate Medical Center (2015)
  • Master, American College of Critical Care Medicine (2013)
  • 1st Place "Docs Who Rock" Competition, United Way Pioneer Valley Chapter (2012)

Academic Office Contact Information

Department of Medicine
759 Chestnut Street - Springfield 4434
Springfield, MA 01107

(Updated February 2023)