|Drtmouth Alumni Magazine January-February cover|
A transplant specialist, Higgins is Johns Hopkins surgeon-in-chief and The Johns Hopkins Hospital's first black department head.
Dartmouth Alumni Magazine has a story about Higgins in its current issue that includes this:
Higgins was also a high school All-American football player before joining the Dartmouth program, where he played on special teams until he was sidelined by a knee injury. It was the first of three ligament tears that today account for a somewhat rolling gait, though the stockily built Higgins still looks fit enough to put on pads.Higgins, a former teammate of Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens, has offered counsel to young men interested in both playing football for the Big Green and pursuing a career in medicine. When I spoke with him for a story last year he told me:
“I have always been impressed by Coach Teevens’ perspective that these young people are true student-athletes. I talk to most of the young people who aspire to medical careers during the recruiting process to try to give them a sense that yes, you can be an intercollegiate athlete and a successful professional. Medicine was my choice, but you can be successful in so many ways.
“I think student-athletes who have a passion or an interest in medicine should feel comfortable that at a place like Dartmouth they can fulfill their dreams with a lot of hard work, and that there will be a lot of people there for them.”
•Check back later today for a little breaking news out of the Dartmouth football program and no, it's not about coaches. Sorry about the tease. ;-)