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Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD

Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD Physician

Vice Dean, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Professor of Ophthalmology

Dr. Higginbotham is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 1985

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Scheie Eye Institute

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine West Pavilion, 3rd Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-7366 (PENN)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Harvard University
Residency: California Pacific Medical Center
Residency: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary


Academic Medicine Admissions Committee, National Advanced Glaucoma Intervention Study, National Allergan, National Alvin F. Poussaint M.D., Visiting Lecture Fund Advisory Committee, National American Academy of Ophthalmology, National American Glaucoma Society, National American Glaucoma Society, National American Medical Association, National AOA, National Association for Academic Minority Physicians, National Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, National Atlanta Medical Association, Local Baltimore City Medical Society, Local Baltimore Medical Society , Local Baltimore Monthly Medical Reunion(Founded 1881), Local Chibret International, International Chicago Ophthalmological Society, Local Chicago Ophthalmologist Society, Local FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel, National FDA, National Federal Advisory Committee on Veterans Affairs Medical School Affiliations, National Georgia Biomedical Partnership , National Georgia State Medical Association, Local Glaukos, National Harvard Board of Overseers (Elected Position), National Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, National Helen Keller Prize Committee, National Illinois Association of Ophthalmology, Local Institute of Medicine Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities, National Los Angeles Latino Eye Study, Local Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Local Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation (Elected Position), National Medical and Chirurgical Faculty, Local Michigan Ophthalmological Society, Local National Eye Health Education Program Planning Committee, National National Eye Institute, National National Institute of Health, National National Society of Prevent Blindness, National National Space Biomedical Research Institute, National Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society, National Prevent Blindness America, National Research Society, National Statewide Area Health Education Center Steering Committee, National The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, National Urban Universities for Health, National VA Grant Review Panel-Sensory Systems/Communications Disorder, National Women in Medicine Committee, International Women in Ophthalmology, International World Health Organization, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Higginbotham is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Higginbotham EJ: Interview with Eve J. Higginbotham, MD. JAMA Ophthalmology 131 (1): 96-97,2013.

Me'Ja Day: Spotlight, Laser Trabeculoplasty: A Patient-Centered View in Glaucoma, Second Edition Elsevier : 2013.

Higginbotham: The Word of the Day in Healthcare: Accountability. Glaucoma Today : 2012.

Higginbotham: Glaucoma Screenings and Treatment Under Siege. When Will the Evidence be Enough? Glaucoma Today : 2012.

Higginbotham: The Physician Workforce Revisited: What are the Implications for Ophthalmology? Arch Ophthalmol 130 : 648-649,2012.

Making the Case for Hastening the Progress towards Health Equity. Commentary, Institute of Medicine, Washington DC : 2012.

Kass MA, Gordon MO, Gao F, Heuer DK, Higginbotham EJ, Johnson CA, Keltner JK, Miller JP, Parrish RK: Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study Group. Delaying Treatment of ocular hypertension: the ocular hypertension treatment study. Arch Ophthalmol 128 (3): 276-87,2010.

Higginbotham EJ, Olander KW, Kim EE, Grunden JW, Kwok KK: United States Fixed-Combination Study Group. Fixed combination of latanoprost and timolol vs. individual components for primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension: a randomized, double-masked study. Arch Ophthalmol 2 : 165-72,2010.

Considerations in glaucoma therapy; fixed combinations versus their component medications. Clin Ophthalmolol 4 : 1-9,2010.

Assessing the status of ophthalmic education 100 years after the Flexner Report. Arch Ophthalmol 128 (12): 1600-01,2010.

Academic Contact Info

John Morgan Bldg
3620 Hamilton Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)