He is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and his practice is devoted entirely to treatment of problems affecting the shoulder region. He is a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (www.ases-aaos.org) and in 2011-2012 was elected as the President of this organization. He is also The President of the New England Shoulder and Elbow Society (www.neses.com) and the Founding Member of this organization.He is also a member of numerous specialty societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.
Dr. Laurence D. Higgins is Chief of the BWH Shoulder Service and Co-Chief of the Harvard Shoulder Service with Dr. JP Warner. His career began at Duke University where he was an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedics. While at Duke, he served as the Orthopaedic Team Physician for Duke University, caring for all student athletes and being recognized for his dedication to the Men’s Basketball and Lacrosse teams from 1998-2005. In addition, he served as the Orthopaedic Team Physician for North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and was acknowledged for his commitment having the training room at NCCU named in his honor.
He completed his residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery, a division of the Cornell University Medical School While there, he received the Jean McDaniel award, presented to the most outstanding resident in the graduating class. He was a Fellow in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the Center for Sports Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, serving as Assistant Team Physician for the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department.
His clinical practice specializes in disorders of the shoulder, knee, and elbow as well as all sports-related injuries. He employs advanced open and arthroscopic surgical techniques to restore damaged joints, ligaments, and bones. His complex and revision surgeries include treatment of rotator cuff injuries, shoulder instability, complex shoulder fractures, shoulder replacement and knee instability (in particular ACL, PCL and complex ligamentous injuries). He is additionally trained in cartilage and meniscal repair.
He is active in both clinical research and the education of residents and fellows and co-chairs the Harvard International Shoulder Fellowship Program. He has published over 60 peer reviewed, scientific papers. He is very active in the national orthopaedic community where he is a member of the American Shoulder and Elbows Surgeons, The American Orthopaedic Association, The Eastern Orthopaedic Association, and the International Cartilage Repair Society and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Higgins maintains an extremely busy clinical and surgical practice at three facilities while remaining very committed academically in local, nationally and international courses and societies.