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Thomas Higgins, MD

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Critical Care Medicine Division
  • Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine
  • Chief Medical Officer, Baystate Franklin Medical Center and BH Northern Region
  • Professor of Medicine, Surgery and Anesthesiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Baystate Medical Center
Department of Medicine, Room S2680
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199
  • Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Boston, MA
  • Internal Medicine Residency
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Cleveland, OH
  • Anesthesiology Residency
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Boston, MA
  • Boston University School of Medicine
    Boston, MA
Honors and Awards
  • Excellence in ICU Organ Donation Program (to Baystate ICU), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009
  • Weinberg Family Prize for Academic Excellence, Baystate Medical Center, 2009
  • Distinguished Performer Award – Reduction of Device-Related Infections in the Intensive Care Unit (to Baystate ICU), 2009
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Boston University School of Medicine Alumni Association, 2008
Areas of Interest
  • Outcome assessment (APACHE, MPM, SAPS, Cardiac Severity Scores)
  • Sepsis, septic shock, and pharmacotherapy of shock states
  • ARDS and mechanical ventilation including high frequency oscillation
  • Sedation and neuromuscular blockade
  • Ethics and end-of-life decision-Making
  • Simulation in critical care education
  • Practice management and LEAN process improvement
Committee Appointments
  • Member, BMP Board of Directors
  • Member, BMP Compensation Committee
  • Member, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Baystate Medical Center
  • Member, Critical Care Quality Improvement Committee, Baystate Medical Center
  • Member, Medical Staff Health Committee, Baystate Medical Center Member, Intellectual Property Committee, Baystate Health
  • Member, Hospital of the Future Steering Committee, Baystate Medical Center
  • Member, Baystate Medical Practices (BMP) Policy Committee
  • Member, Health Information Management (HIM) Oversight Group, Baystate Health
Professional Service
  • Member, Society of Critical Care Billing and Coding Oversight Committee
  • Member, ACCM Ethics Committee, Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Member, Kindred-Parkview Physician Advisory Board
  • Higgins TL, Teres D, Copes WS, Nathanson B, Stark M, Kramer A:  Assessing contemporary intensive care unit outcome:  An updated Mortality Probability Admission Model (MPM0-III).  Crit Care Med 2007;35:827-835.
  • Nathanson B, Higgins TL, Teres D, Copes W, Kramer A, Stark M:  A revised method to assess ICU clinical performance and resource utilization.  Crit Care Med 2007;35:1853-1862.
  • Nathanson BH, Higgins TL:  An introduction to statistical methods used in binary outcome modeling.  Semin Cardiothor Vasc Anes. 2008;12(3):153-166.
  • Zilberberg M, Kramer AA, Higgins TL, Shorr AF:  Prolonged acute mechanical ventilation:  Implications for hospital benchmarking.  CHEST 2009;135(5):1157-1162.
  • Higgins TL, Kramer A, Nathanson B, Copes W, Stark M, Teres D:  Prospective validation of the ICU admission Mortality Probability Model version 3 (MPM0-III).  Crit Care Med 2009;37:1619-1623.
  • Nathanson B, Higgins TL, Kramer AA, Copes WS, Stark M, Teres D:  Subgroup Mortality Probability Models:  Are they necessary for specialized intensive care units?  Crit Care Med 2009;37:2375-2386.
  • Zilberberg MD, Nathanson BH, Sadigov S, Higgins TL, Kollef MH, Shorr AF:  Epidemiology and outcomes of Clostridium Difficile-associated disease (CDAD) among patients on prolonged acute mechanical ventilation (PAMV). CHEST 2009;136:752-758.
  • Higgins TL:  A tale of lutes and ouds:  time to play together in the same key? Crit Care Med  2010;38:971-972.
  • Higgins TL, Heelon MH, Siano BS, Douglass L, Spath B, Kerr G:  Medication safety improves after implementation of positive patient identification.  Applied Clinical Informatics 2010;1(3):213-220
  • Nathanson BH, Brennan MJ, Teres T, Kramer AA, Copes W, Stark M, Higgins TL:  Healthy Elders Fare Surprisingly Well In Intensive Care Units.  Chest 2011;139:825-31.
  • Kramer A, Higgins, TL, Zimmerman J: ICU readmissions in U.S. hospitals – patient characteristics, risk factors and outcomes, Crit Care Med 2011, in press.
  • Lagu T, Lindenauer P, Rothberg M, Nathanson B, Pekow P, Steingrub J, Higgins T: Development and validation of a model that uses enhanced administrative data to predict mortality in patients with sepsis. Crit Care Med 2011;39 in press.  

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