Following dental school, Dr. Higgins completed a Hospital General Practice Residency in New York, after which he was then accepted into the anesthesiology residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, 1980-82. Since completion of his anesthesia training, Dr. Higgins has practiced dental anesthesiology, providing office based anesthesia care throughout the Northern Illinois area.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Higgins is a long-standing faculty member with the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois Hospital Medical Center, and holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Anesthesiology within that department and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. Dr. Higgins is a regional and national lecturer and is published in the area of Anesthesiology for Dentistry. He is a consultant to the Illinois State Department of Professional Regulation.
Dr. Higgins has remained very active at all levels of the dental society. On the local level, he served on Mediation & Peer Review for the Chicago Dental Society, as President of the Northwest Suburban Dental Society, on the Chicago Midwinter Lecture and Exhibits Committees, as Program Chairman of the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, and as Chairman of the Members Group of the Chicago Dental Society.
On the state level, Dr. Higgins is pleased to have served on the Publications and Legislative committees and other numerous committees of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), as a member of ISDS Board of Trustees, Program Chairman of the ISDS Leadership Conference, Program Chairman for the ISDS Annual Session, and a delegate to the American Dental Association.
In addition, Dr. Higgins is proud to have represented the Profession as follows:
- The Illinois Dental Society of Anesthesiology, President
- The Illinois State Dental Society, President
- The American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, President
Dr. Higgins is a Fellow of both the American and the International College of Dentists . He is board certified with the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the National Board of Anesthesiology . He is a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology . Dr. Higgins was a recipient of the prestigious Dr. Leonard M. Monheim Lifetime Achievement Award for Anesthesiology.
Dr. Higgins is a native of the Chicago area and resides in Palatine with his wife, Mary, and their three children- Ryan, Lindsay, and Mitchell. He enjoys spending time with his family as well as boating, fishing, and gardening, when he can find the time!