In addition to serving as executive dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Dr. Jason Higginson also serves as the chief health officer for ECU Health, as a practicing physician in the neonatal intensive care unit of ECU Health Medical Center, and as a professor of pediatrics, bioethics and interdisciplinary studies at Brody.
Prior to his appointment as executive dean, Dr. Higginson served Brody in many roles including as chair of the school’s Department of Pediatrics, pediatrician-in-chief of Maynard Children’s Hospital, chief of Neonatology, and medical director for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Newborn Medicine.
Dr. Higginson came to Brody in 2012 after 13 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy. He continues to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve and holds the rank of captain. He is the commanding officer of Navy Reserve Navy Medical Readiness and Training Command, Bethesda at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, and the Chair of the Medical Executive Committee for the U.S. Navy Reserve and a member of the Navy Operational Medicine Advisory Council.
Dr. Higginson In the News
- Brody rated tops in state for diversity: ECU officials say U.S. News rankings reflect medical school’s mission | Daily Reflector | reflector.com
- Taking Command | Beaufort County Now | beaufortcountynow.com
- Dr. Jason Higginson gives guest lecture at 15th Annual José G. Albernaz Golden Apple Distinguished Lecture | ECU Health | ecuhealth.org
Advancing Education in Rural Health Care:
“At ECU Health, we pride ourselves on educating and nurturing the next generation of health professionals to fuel our pipeline of talent and, ultimately, better serve our rural communities. By investing the time, research, and resources into training our students and residents, we can combat the unique challenges our rural community faces.”
U.S. News & World Report Names ECU’s Brody School of Medicine as North Carolina’s Most Diverse Medical School:
“Our rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s listing of the 2023 Best Graduate Schools demonstrate the fulfillment of our mission. We are leaders in diversity and creating physicians who practice primary care in rural and underserved communities. It also reinforces the importance of North Carolina’s investment in the Brody School of Medicine, which continues to bear fruit.”
Health of our Communities:
“As the Chief Health Officer for ECU Health and as a practicing physician in the neonatal intensive care unit of ECU Health Medical Center, the health of the people in our communities is a primary focus for me. I’m passionate about serving our eastern North Carolina residents and ensuring that our providers are equipped to provide the safest, highest quality care that our patients deserve.”
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