Michael S. Higgins, MD, M.P.H., already a Vanderbilt faculty member, was appointed to serve as Interim Chair on July 15, 2004, upon Dr. Jeff Balser’s promotion to Associate Vice-Chancellor and was selected as Chair in March of 2005. Higgins had been an Anesthesiology Department faculty member since October 1994. He served as the Director of the Division of Multi-specialty Anesthesia and as Vice-Chair from 2002-2004.
Dr. Higgins' academic interest is in improving the safety and efficiency of patient care through the application of information technology. Dr. Higgins returned to full-time clinical service with the department, as well as his pursuit of perioperative informatics improvements in April 2010.