JACK HIGGINS, MD
President & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Higgins has served on the Board of Directors of RotaCare Bay Area since 2000, and is currently Vice-President. RotaCare is a nonprofit organization that operates 10 free clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area, where volunteer physicians and nurses provide free medical care for people who have no insurance and cannot afford to pay for health care services.
Since 2001 he has served on the Board of Directors of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project (LARAP) and is currently Vice-President. Based in Los Altos, California, LARAP is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1989 to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS, and it is currently focused on efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa and Asia.
In 2014 he traveled to Liberia to help launch a program in partnership with the organization, Save the Children. With funds raised by LARAP and a grant from The Rotary Foundation, this program continues to offer testing and counseling for pregnant women, and if they are found to be HIV-positive, provides treatment for both mother and newborn child.
A member of Rotary International since 1991 and of the Rotary Club of Los Altos since 2001, he currently serves on the Club’s Board as the Director for International Service.
Prior to devoting full-time effort to nonprofit activities, Dr. Higgins served as Chief Medical Officer for Avantis Medical Systems, a medical device company based in Silicon Valley. In that role, he trained physicians in the use of new devices that improve the diagnostic accuracy of colonoscopy, and he assisted investigators in conducting clinical research studies involving those devices.
Before beginning work in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000, Dr. Higgins practiced Family Medicine in the Chico, California area for 20 years, with an emphasis on preventive health. Throughout that time, he held leadership roles in community health promotion efforts, including colorectal cancer and breast cancer screening programs, as well as multiple campaigns in collaboration with local and state affiliates of the American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Cancer Society.
His health promotion activities in Chico at times included a weekly newspaper column, as well as regular health and fitness segments on the evening news program of the local CBS-TV affiliate.
Dr. Higgins earned his MD degree from Michigan State University and completed residency training in Family Practice. He also served a Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University, where he focused on development of programs in international telemedicine. He has served on the clinical faculties of Stanford University, University of California, Davis and the Western University of Health Sciences.