Dr. Higginson completed his medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles, followed by an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of California-San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He then completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the National Capital Consortium at Walter Reed.
Before assuming the role of Chair for the Department of Pediatrics in June 2016 Dr. Higginson served many roles at Brody and Vidant. He served as chief of neonatology and medical director for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Director of Newborn Medicine, and was co-medical director for the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center.
Prior to joining ECU Dr. Higginson served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 2002-2012. He served at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, as assistant chief of graduate medical education, division head of research resources, medical director of the Neonatal High-Risk Clinic, and assistant division chief of newborn medicine. Upon arrival at ECU he transitioned to the Navy Reserve in 2012.
He currently serves as the regimental surgeon for the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Logistics Regiment 45 and leads the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps Pediatrics Specialty, advising the surgeon general of the U.S. Navy regarding pediatric policy and credentialing.