Steven Higgins, MD

Steven Higgins, MD, is the chairman of the department of cardiology and the director of cardiac electrophysiology at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla as well as co-director of the catheterization lab.

Active in the planning and integration of the Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Higgins joined Scripps in 1985. He is the founder and director of the cardiac electrophysiology program at Scripps La Jolla.

Dr. Higgins has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of electrophysiology, including founding work on the implantable defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy for the treatment of heart failure. Dr. Higgins has performed over 3000 device implantations.

Dr. Higgins’ clinical interests include:

  • Office consultation on cardiac arrhythmias
  • Catheter ablation for arrhythmias
  • Implantable defibrillators and pacemakers
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (biventricular devices) for heart failure

The author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications and books, Dr. Higgins has lectured throughout the world on state-of-the-art cardiac rhythm techniques and advances.

Dr. Higgins’ current research interests focus on new technologies for less invasive and safer therapies for patients with cardiac arrhythmias, including robotic catheter ablation and miniaturized leadless pacemakers.

Dr. Higgins strives to bring the latest advances in rhythm management for his patients.


  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Electrophysiology
  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, 1985
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 1982

Medical Education

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine, MD, 1979


  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Internal Medicine, 1980


  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Internal Medicine, 1982


  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Cardiovascular Disease