Jay Higgs, MD

Jay B Higgs, MD

Name: Jay B Higgs, MD

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Faculty Rank: 
San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX

Research Interests:
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound


Medical School: M.D., University of Iowa College of Medicine

Internship and Resideny: Internal Medicine, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland

Fellowship: , University of Michigan, Division of Rheumatology

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • James J. Leonard Award for Best Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Clinic Teaching Attending at Wilford Hall Medical Center, 2003-2004
  • 2008 Outstanding Faculty, Medicine Clerkship, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • 2004 and September 2017: Laureate Award, American College of Physicians, Air Force Chapter


  • Austad G and Higgs JB. Occult Knee Effusions in the Intensive Care Environment Identified by Ultrasound: A New Third Space? Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. Volume 15(8), December 2009, pp 408-410 PMID 19956001
  • Kissin EY, Niu J, Balint P, Bong D, Evangelisto A, Goyal J, Higgs J, Malone D, Nishio MJ, Pineda C, Schmidt WA, Thiele RG, Torralba K, Kaeley GS. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training and Competency Assessment Program for Rheumatology Fellows. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. 32(10):1735-43, 2013 Oct. PMID 24065254
  • Kissin EY, Grayson P, Cannella AC, DeMarco PJ, Evangelisto A, Goyal J al Haj R, Higgs J, Malone DG, Nishio MJ, Tabechian D, Kaeley GS. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Objective Structured Clinical Examination: An Assessment of the Test. Arthritis Care and Research. 66(1):2-6, 2014 Jan. PMID 23925978
  • Kay JC, Higgs JB, and Battafarano DF. Utility of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in a Department of Defense Rheumatology Practice: A Four-Year Retrospective Experience, Arthritis Care and Research 66(1):7-13, 2014 Jan. PMID 23982974
  • Cannella AC; Kissin, ET; Torralba KD, Higgs JB, and Kaeley GS . Evolution of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the United States: Implementation and Practice in Rheumatology. Arthritis Care and Research 66(1):14-18, 2014 Jan. PMID 24115730
  • Hill E, Sky K, Sit M, Collamer A, and Higgs JB. Does starting allopurinol prolong acute treated gout? J Clin Rheum 21(3):120-5, 2015 Apr PMID 25807090
  • Ward IM, Kissin E, Kaeley G, Scott JN, Newkirk M, Hildebrand BA, Lospinosos J, Kohler MJ and Higgs JB. Ultrasound Features of the Posterior Tibialis Tendon and Peroneus Brevis Jay B Higgs, MD 9 Tendon Entheses: A Comparison Study between Healthy Adults and Inflammatory Arthritis. Arthritis Care and Research. E pub ahead of print; DOI: 10.1002/acr.23180, 2016
  • Torralba KMD, Cannella, AC, Kissin EY, Bolster MB, Higgs JB, Samuels J, Nishio MJ, Kaeley GS, Evangelisto AM, Demarco PJ and Kohler MJ. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Education Among Rheumatology Fellowship Programs in the United States. Accepted, Arthritis Care and Research, 2017
  • Higgs JB. Fibromyalgia in Primary Care, in Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice on Rheumatology. Eds Monrad, S and Battafarano D. In press