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Dr. John Higgins MD

Dr. John Higgins MD

Cardiovascular Disease Specialist

Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
(832) 325-7211


Dr. John Patrick Higgins received his medical degree from the University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School in Australia. He holds a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in England. In addition, he earned a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated with honors and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society that recognizes business excellence.

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, Dr. John Patrick Higgins is a Clinical Exercise Specialist® and a Certified Personal Trainer® through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Heart Association (AHA), the ACSM, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) and the Society of Geriatric Cardiology (SGC).

Dr. Higgins serves as the director of Exercise Physiology at the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute, an associate professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and chief of Cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. He is also a sports cardiologist and works with the Houston Rockets and Rice University Athletics.

He is the author of 45 manuscripts, 50 web based publications, 3 YouTube, 13 abstracts, and has had seven articles published in the Houston Chronicle newspaper. Additionally, Dr. Higgins has appeared 500+ times on local radio and television, including CNN and ABC World News. His book Cardiology Clinical Questions assists cardiology fellows with diagnostic questions. A passionate educator, Dr. Higgins has received the prestigious Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award at McGovern Medical School seven consecutive years. He also accompanied the fourth year medical students on their away elective to Beijing, China.

His research includes (1) screening young athlete’s hearts, (2) energy drinks, (3) smartphone applications and activity trackers; and (4) ultramarathons.

He went on to complete an internal medicine residency at University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Higgins then finished his cardiovascular disease fellowship with Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr Higgins loves to exercise and has completed in the 10 x 10 challenge (running 10 miles a day for 10 consecutive days) as well as 13 marathons. He believes that exercise is medicine. In addition, he enjoys public speaking and was a previous president of the Boston Toastmasters.

Physician Details

Medical Education
University of Queensland, 1990
Internships & Residency
University of Missouri at Columbia - Graduate Medical Education, 1994
Brigham & Women's Hospital, 1998
PCP Number
Cities Served
Bellaire, Galena Park, Houston, Missouri City
ZIP Codes Served
77001, 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007


Insurance Accepted

  • AARP Medicare Complete
  • Aetna (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • AHI Healthlink
  • Amerigroup Chip
  • Amerigroup MMP Perinatal*
  • Amerigroup Star
  • Amerigroup Star Plus
  • Amerivantage
  • Beechstreet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas
  • Blue Exchange PPO
  • Cigna (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Coastal Comp Healthnetworks PPO*
  • Coastal Comp Healthnetworks Work Comp
  • Community Health Choice
  • Community Health Choice Chip
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace Kelsey QHP
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace QHP
  • Community Health Choice Star
  • Corporate Remedies Worker's Comp*
  • Corvel Worker's Comp*
  • Coventry Health Care - PPO Network
  • Coventry Medicare Advantra
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems - PPO Network*
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems - Worker's Comp*
  • First Health - PPO Network
  • First Health - Worker's Comp
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Healthsmart
  • Humana (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Humana Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana HMOx QHP Exchange
  • Humanachoice PPO Medicare
  • Independant Medical Systems
  • Injury Management Organization Worker's Comp*
  • Interplan Health Group (IHG)*
  • Medicaid Traditional
  • Medicare Traditional
  • Medicus International - PPO Network
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage HMO
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage PPO
  • Memorial Hermann Solutions
  • Multiplan
  • OccuNet PPO - PPO Network
  • Olympus (International) - PPO Network*
  • Political Subdivision Workers Comp Alliance*
  • Private Healthcare System
  • Reny Company Worker's Comp
  • Rockport - PPO Network*
  • Superior CHIP/Perinatal*
  • Superior Foster Care Program
  • Texas True Choice - PPO Network*
  • United Healthcare (Most Benefit Plans)
  • United Healthcare Chip
  • United Healthcare Chronic Complete
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete
  • United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
  • United Healthcare Star
  • United Healthcare Star Plus Perinatal*
  • United Healthcare TXMMP
  • US Family Health Plan
  • USA Managed Care Organization - PPO Network
  • USA Managed Care Organization - Worker's Comp*
  • Wellcare
  • WorkLink Worker's Comp