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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.

About Dr. Eve J. Higginbotham

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015 - 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 1985

Clinical Expertise:

  • Closed Angle Glaucoma
  • Family History of Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma of Childhood
  • Glaucoma Procedures
  • Glaucoma Suspects
  • Hypersecretion Glaucoma
  • Iridotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery
  • Neovascular Glaucoma
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Optic Nerve Disorders
  • Phacolytic Glaucoma
  • Pigmentary Glaucoma
  • Primary Congenital Glaucoma
  • Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma
  • Transscleral Cyclophotocoagulation
  • Visual Field Defects

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • 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
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

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


American Academy of Ophthalmology, National The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, National Urban Universities for Health, National Women in Ophthalmology, 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, Bartley GB.: Interview with Eve J. Higginbotham, MD. JAMA Ophthalmology 131 (1): 96-97,2013.

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

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

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

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

Higginbotham EJ.: 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, Wilson MR.: 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, Tressler CS.: 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.

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

Higginbothanm EJ. and Lippa L.: 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)