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Jennifer T. Higa, MD

Jennifer Tome-Higa

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Interventional Endoscopist

Treatment Focus

  • Therapeutic Endoscopy, pancreaticobiliary disease, management of complex polyps, strictures, altered anatomy
  • Balloon enteroscopy (DBE and SBE)
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Treatment Philosophy

I am thrilled to join the excellent team of physicians and staff who make Fox Chase Cancer Center an exceptional place for cutting-edge cancer treatment. As a “therapeutic endoscopist” I have a background in general Gastroenterology and Hepatology with additional training in advanced endoscopic procedures like EUS, ERCP, stent placement, treatment of bleeding and balloon enteroscopy. My goal is to diagnose, treat, and palliate a broad spectrum of conditions that can be managed endoscopically and in a minimally invasive way. I endeavor to provide the kind of innovative, and compassionate care that I would want for my own loved ones. Furthermore, I believe that multidisciplinary collaboration can make a big difference in the quality and safety of patient care, and I work closely with the patient’s entire treatment team including: primary care and referring physicians, Interventional Radiologists, Surgical, Medical and Radiation Oncologists.

My patients are often facing very difficult situations, coping with chronic conditions, new diagnoses, or the intimidation of procedures. In each interaction I strive to provide reassurance, enhance understanding about their medical conditions, maintain a focus on quality of life, and offer procedural plans that are comprehensive and personalized. I encourage the involvement of patients’ families and am humbled to be included in the care of such extraordinary people.

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Clinical Fellow, Advanced Endoscopy, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Clinical Fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • MD, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, 2010
  • BA, Biological Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine                                           
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology            

Memberships

  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • Women in Interventional Endoscopy

Honors & Awards

  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), Leadership Education and Development Program, 2018
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), First Year Fellows Endoscopy Course Instructor, 2018
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society 2009
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society 2008
Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Quality and safety in endoscopy
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Chronic and acute pancreatitis
  • Therapeutic endoscopy
Publications

Selected Publications

Higa J, Gluck M, Ross AS. Duodenoscope reprocessing. ERCP, 3rd Edition. Editors: Todd H. Baron & Richard A. Kozarek & David Leslie Carr-Locke.

Abbas A, Bick B, Ihab, Hajj IE, Sherman S, Ponsky J, Strong A, Diehl D, Brauer B, Wagh MS, Greenwald BD, Lee IH, Uradomo L, Burbridge R, McGhan A, Zivny J, Hakimian S, Ross AS, Higa J, et al. Multicenter Evaluation of the Clinical Utility of Laparoscopy-Assisted Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (LA-ERCP) in Patients with Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB). 2017. (Submitted, pending)

Higa J, Hwang JH. Editorial: Gastric intestinal metaplasia: an irreversible risk factor for gastric cancer? Gastrointestin Endosc. 2016 Oct; 84(4): 625-7.

Higa J, Gluck M, Ross AS. Duodenoscope-associated bacterial infections: a review and update. Curr Treatment Options in Gastroenterol. 2016; 14(2): 185-193.

Higa J, Gan SI. Advanced Endoscopic Imaging: Biliary Strictures. Techniques in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2016; 18(20): 52-61.

Higa J, Hwang JH. Barrett’s Esophagus:  Emerging Evidence for Improved Clinical Practice. Chapter 11.  History of ablative therapies for Barrett’s and superficial adenocarcinoma. ELSEVIER. Editors Drs. Tolga Erim and Douglas Pleskow.

Higa JT, Kapila N, Longhi MS, Robson S. Autoimmune hepatitis: clinical review with insights into the purinergic mechanism of disease. J Clin Transl Hepatol. 2013; 1(2): 79-86.

Higa JT, Kelly CP. New Drugs and Strategies for Management of Clostridium difficile colitis. J Int Care Med. 2014; Jul-Aug; 29(4): 190-9.

Farnan JM, Paro J, Higa J, Reddy S, Humphrey H, Arora VM. Commentary: The Relationship Status of Digital Media and Professionalism: It’s Complicated. Acad Med. 2009; Nov; 84(11): 1479-81.

Farnan JM, Paro JA, Higa J, Edelson J, Arora VM. The YouTube Generation: Implications for Medical Professionalism. Perspect Biol Med. 2008; 51(4): 517-524.

Arora VM, Seiden SC, Higa J, Siddique J, Meltzer DO, Humphrey HJ. Effect of Student Duty Hours Policy on Teaching and Satisfaction of 3rd Year Medical Students.  Am J of Med. 2006; 119(12): 1089-1095. 

Ratings

35 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

5.0 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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12 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    May 15, 2019
    This was one of the best care and office visit. Everyone was excellent.
  • 5.0
    May 06, 2019
    I was admitted to hospital for a procedure. Dr. Higa was just wonderful, knew what she was doing for a serious situation and her staff. I have great feedback and everything good about Dr. Higa.
  • 5.0
    May 02, 2019
    Fox Chase is the best, the doctors & staff or everyone is loving & kind, I made the right choice by choosing Fox Chase.
  • 5.0
    April 22, 2019
    Everyone on Dr. Higa's team including herself were FANTASTIC!
  • 5.0
    April 10, 2019
    This was a wonderful and helpful experience.
  • 5.0
    March 18, 2019
    Dr. Higa is very good she was able to make a correct diagnosis [...].
  • 5.0
    March 07, 2019
    Dr. Jennifer Higa is fantastic. I feel very confident with the results of my procedures. She is "the best"!!
  • 5.0
    February 18, 2019
    Excellent care given. Very kind, knowledgeable doctor & staff.
  • 5.0
    February 10, 2019
    Dr. Higa as well as her office and endo. suite staff were very caring making me feel very relaxed prior to my procedure.
  • 5.0
    January 27, 2019
    Excellent care.
  • 5.0
    January 01, 2019
    Great!!!
  • 5.0
    October 22, 2018
    Dr. Higa is the best!
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