John P. Higgins, M.D., M.PHIL, M.B.A., FACC, FACP, FAHA

Associate Professor - Cardiovascular Medicine

Contact Information

  • Office Phone: 713-500-6549
  • Fax: 713-512-2245
  • Clinical Phone: 713-566-4921

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General Cardiology

Education & Training

University of Queensland, Australia
University of Cambridge, England
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
University of Missouri-Columbia
Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School

Certifications & Interests

Board Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine-Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease
Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology

John P. Higgins is an Associate Professor of Medicine at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Chief of Cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, and Director of Exercise Physiology, Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance, Memorial Hermann. He is also a Sports Cardiologist and works with the Houston Rockets and Rice Athletics.

Dr. Higgins received his medical degree from the University of Queensland, Australia. He holds a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, England; and an M.B.A. at The George Washington University, Washington, DC graduating with Honors & Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, The International Honor Society, recognizing business excellence.

He completed an Internal Medicine Residency (University of Missouri-Columbia, MO), a Cardiology Fellowship (Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA). For three years, he was a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (University of Oklahoma) and a practicing cardiologist. Dr. Higgins was on staff at the VA West Roxbury MA as an Attending Cardiologist for three years where he was Director of The Cardiac Stress Laboratory (Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School). He currently is Chief of Cardiology at LBJ General Hospital.

He was President of Boston Toastmasters and he enjoys public speaking. He loves to teach and has received the prestigious Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award at The McGovern Medical School at Houston five years in a row. He has also accompanied the 4th year medical students on their away elective to Beijing, China.

Current research includes: Houston Early Age Risk Testing & Screening study (HEARTS) and “Study of Heart effects from Adults Drinking Energy beverages : ON Endothelial function (SHADE-ONE)”.
He is the author of 35 manuscripts, 43 web based publications, 3 YouTube videos, and 11 abstracts. He has appeared 400+ times on local TV & radio and also CNN & ABC World News. His new book, Cardiology Clinical Questions (McGraw-Hill 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0071748988), is available also as a kindle version and app, and translated into Chinese, was written specifically to assist Cardiology Fellows with diagnostic questions.

He is currently a Fellow of the: American College of Cardiology (FACC), American College of Physicians (FACP), American Heart Association (FAHA), American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (FASNC), and Society of Geriatric Cardiology (FSGC).  Dr Higgins is a Clinical Exercise Specialist® & Certified Personal Trainer® through the ACSM.

Dr Higgins loves to exercise, and he has completed the 10×10 challenge (running 10 miles a day for 10 consecutive days = total 100 miles), as well as 13 marathons. He believes that “exercise is medicine.”

His favorite quotation is:
“To give anything less that your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Steve Prefontaine (1951-1975) 


Memorial Hermann Hospital System
Harris Health System
MD Anderson Cancer Center
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Kindred Hospital