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.
Dr. Luke S. Oh is an Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and has joint appointments in the Division of Sports Medicine and the Division of Elbow Surgery at MGH as well as the Combined MGH/BWH Harvard Shoulder Service. He is a team physician for the Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, and New England Patriots. He is also an orthopaedic consultant for the Boston Bruins, Harvard University, Suffolk University, and Curry College.
After graduating from Cornell University in 1994, he received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and awarded the Michael J. Caruso Humanitarian Award. Dr. Oh completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery and was awarded the Jean C. McDaniel Resident Teaching and Leadership Award.
Subsequently, Dr. Oh completed 3 fellowships for his subspecialty training. His first fellowship was in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where he developed proficiency in advanced shoulder and knee arthroscopic techniques and obtained experience in the care of professional and elite athletes. The second fellowship was in Elbow and Shoulder Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, in which he developed expertise in advanced elbow arthroscopy as well as complex reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow. The third was an apprenticeship with Dr. James Andrews at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama during which Dr. Oh learned the Andrews technique of Tommy John ligament reconstruction for professional baseball pitchers.
His clinical and research interests include treatment of elbow and shoulder injuries in the throwing athlete, rotator cuff repair, complex arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow, complex knee ligament and meniscus surgery, and elbow and shoulder joint replacement. Dr. Oh’s current research includes: 1) development of tissue engineering techniques for improvement of rotator cuff healing, 2) biomechanical investigation of dynamic shoulder joint kinematics after Latarjet coracoid transfer for shoulder instability, and 3) clinical outcomes studies of elbow function in baseball pitchers and gymnasts after arthroscopic treatment of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions.
His cutting-edge research has garnered national recognition. In 2010, Dr. Oh was the recipient of the Mel Post Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. In 2009, he was a member of the MGH research team that received the O'Donoghue Sports Injury Award (Best Research in Sports Medicine) from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for a biomechanical investigation of ligament injuries in the knee and the effect of subsequent surgical reconstruction on knee joint function.
Dr. Oh had previously been identified as an Emerging Leader by the American Orthopaedic Association and was one of 15 individuals selected nationally for participation in the Clinician-Scientist Development Program sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, and Orthopaedic Research Society.
Dr. Nitin Jain is a non-surgical Shoulder and Sports Medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He is a faculty member in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Orthopedics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jain is an active clinician and has a strong research background in shoulder disorders. His research interests are focused on improving outcomes of shoulder care and contributing towards informed policy decision-making by assessing cost-effectiveness of non-operative and operative treatments. He has active funding from the National Institutes of Health to study the diagnosis and treatment of rotator cuff tears.
Dr. Jain has a diverse educational and training background. After completing medical school in India where he grew up, he obtained a Master in Science in Health Policy and Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then completed research fellowships at Duke University and Harvard Medical School. His residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was based at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Subsequently, he completed a Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship at the Harvard Shoulder Service. This training background gives him the unique perspective of being a non-operative specialist while still having trained with some of the leading surgical experts in the field. His clinical practice is focused on disorders of the shoulder, knee, and elbow, and sports related injuries. He also has an interest in non-surgical interventional procedures and diagnostic ultrasound. Dr. Jain also holds an Investigational Device Exemption from the FDA to study the efficacy of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for rotator cuff tears/tendonitis.
Dr. Jain has received several awards for his clinical and research work. He was the “Intern of the Year” in his residency class, and received the prestigious Walter Frontera Excellence in Research award twice during residency training. He also received the Ernest W. Johnson award for Excellence in Research Writing and the Outstanding Paper Presentation award from the professional academy of physiatrists. Dr. Jain is a reviewer for several musculoskeletal, shoulder, physiatry, and sports medicine journals. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts in leading journals.