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Director, Adult Neurosurgical Oncology Assistant Professor Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Coordinator 

Neurosurgical oncologist Dr. Dominique Higgins, MD, PhDDr. Dominique Higgins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery specializing in neurosurgical oncology and the treatment of brain tumors.

Dr. Higgins completed a dual MD/PhD program at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, appeasing both his interests in medicine and research. While at Mayo, Dr. Higgins spent time in the tumor-focused labs, and eventually completed his PhD thesis on glioblastoma stem cells. During his time at Mayo, Dr. Higgins felt he had found his passion where both his research and clinical interests came together, and he felt he could make a mark on the progress that was being made. He went on to complete his residency training in neurosurgery at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute of New York. He also completed a brain tumor fellowship at the University of Miami, with an emphasis on minimally invasive open and endoscopic surgical treatments for brain tumors.

His research focus is the treatment of malignant brain tumors, including glioblastoma. Dr. Higgins received the University of North Carolina School of Medicine DEI Grant and is also the recipient of the American Academy of Neurology Minority Scholars Fellowship and the Mayo Medical Scientist Training Program Bonner Scholarship.

Director, Adult Neurosurgical Oncology
Assistant Professor
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Coordinator

Neurosurgical oncology, brain tumors

Fellowship – Neurosurgical Oncology, University of Miami, 2022
Residency – Neurosurgery, Columbia/New York Presbyterian, 2021
Postdoctoral Fellowship – Columbia, New York Presbyterian, 2021
M.D. /PhD– Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy Medical Scientist Training Program, Molecular Neuroscience Graduate Program, Rochester, MN, 2015
M.S – Stanford University, Biological Sciences, Coterminal Graduate Program, Palo Alto, CA, 2007
B.S. – Stanford University, Biological Sciences, Bachelors of Science, Neurobiology Specialization, Palo Alto, CA, 2006

Neurological Surgery – Board Certified


For recent publications, please visit Dr. Dominique Higgins’s PubMed listing.

Ukrainian Refugee Seeks Brain Tumor Treatment at UNC Health

Learn more about Dr. Higgins’s brain tumor research.


Dr. Dominique Higgins, MD, PhD