University of Toronto


Dr. Higgins specializes in examining, diagnosing and treating diseases of the head and neck, especially those involving the ears, nose, and throat (ENT). Dr. Higgins is an affiliate scientist for evaluative clinical sciences with the Odette Cancer Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute. Dr. Higgins is also a head and neck surgical oncologist/microvascular reconstructive surgeon at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the Site Lead, Head and Neck Site Group, Odette Cancer Centre. Dr. Higgins is an associate staff otolaryngologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and courtesy staff otolaryngologist at several other Toronto hospitals including Michael Garron Hospital (Toronto East Network) and North York General Hospital. Dr. Higgins’ academic vocations include associate professorship at the University of Toronto, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Born and raised in Toronto, Dr. Higgins completed his Bachelor of Sciences at Queen’s University and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto. Dr. Higgins continued his education with postgraduate training and surgical training, including at the University of Toronto where he served as Chief Resident, ENT/Head and Neck Surgery, and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Higgins is a principal author or co-author of numerous studies published in both peer and non-peer reviewed journals, scientific abstracts, book chapters and book reviews. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Higgins gives regular presentations, special lectures and media appearances related to otolaryngology. Dr. Higgins continues to conduct research that is focused on head and neck oncology. Dr. Higgins also mentors postgraduate clinical trainees and supervises their research. Dr. Higgins is a member of several associations including the Odette Cancer Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He is on the executive of the Canadian Association of Head and Neck Surgery as well as the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Has completed surgical missions in Kenya and Ukraine.