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Robert Higgins
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Robert Higgins, MD, MSHA is the Chair of the Department of Surgery, the Executive Director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center and Professor of Surgery.

A highly respected surgeon and leader in the field of transplantation, Dr. Higgins holds the John H. and Mildred C. Lumley Medical Research Chair at Ohio State. The prestigious chair provides funding to a nationally eminent faculty member.

Dr. Higgins earned his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at Hospitals of the University Health Center in Pittsburgh, where he served as chief resident. He completed his training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he was a Winchester Scholar and fellow in cardiothoracic surgery.

His many national leadership appointments include serving as president of the United Network for Organ Sharing in 2008-2009, president of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, member of the Thoracic Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and member of the Public Policy Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Dr. Higgins’ clinical interests include transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and outcome assessment for heart failure and cardiac surgery patients.

He has an extensive list of publications in his field, and is a frequent invited speaker nationally and abroad.

Medical Degree

  • M.D.
    Yale University School of Medicine


  • General Surgery
    St Margarets UPMC
    7/1/1986 - 6/30/1990

Specialties and conditions I treat

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Device Removal
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic
  • Heart Defects, Congenital
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Cardiac Valve Annuloplasty
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Assisted Circulation
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Pericardial Window Techniques
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Shock, Cardiogenic
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic, Familial
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cardiac Complexes, Premature
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Flutter
  • Heart Arrest
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting
  • Aorta, Thoracic
  • Aortic Arch Syndromes
  • Reperfusion Injury
  • Heart Failure, Diastolic
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Pericarditis
  • Endocarditis
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis
  • Heart Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency
  • Tricuspid Valve Prolapse
  • Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
  • Heart Aneurysm
  • Mitral Valve
  • Foramen Ovale, Patent
  • Heart Septal Defects
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic
  • Anterior Wall Myocardial Infarction
  • Coronary Artery Bypass, Off-Pump
  • Mitral Valve Annuloplasty
  • Heart Bypass, Right
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Right
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Aortic Coarctation
  • Cardiomyopathy, Restrictive
  • Coronary Aneurysm
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial
  • Endocarditis, Non-Infective
  • Pericarditis, Constrictive
  • Fontan Procedure
  • Heart Arrest, Induced
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis
  • Heart Valves
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Tricuspid Valve
  • Angina, Stable
  • Angina, Unstable
  • Aortic Valve
  • Aortic Valve Prolapse
  • Pulmonary Valve
  • Aortopulmonary Septal Defect
  • Ebstein Anomaly
  • Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular
  • Ischemia
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
  • Foramen Ovale
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Heart Ventricles
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Heart-Lung Transplantation
  • Heart Failure
  • Cardiovascular Surgical Procedures
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Heart-Assist Devices
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation
  • Transplantation
  • Heart Failure, Systolic

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My background


  • Thoracic/Vascular Surgery
    Yale New Haven Hospital
    7/1/1990 - 6/30/1993

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

My Department


My Division

Cardiac Surgery

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