James Higgins, DO

James Higgins, DO

Family Medicine


11 Carleton Ave, East Islip, NY, 11730



new-patients Accepting new patients
videovisits Video visits available

“When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras.” - Dr. Theodore Woodward

Born and raised in Long Island, Dr. James Higgins has been practicing in East Islip for over 20 years after returning “home” after establishing a large family medicine practice in rural South Carolina. He chose to become a primary care doctor to have one-on-one interactions with his patients and to know he was helping them to make important decisions to maintain and improve the quality of their lives.


Dr. Higgins states that his favorite part of being a physician is his daily interactions with his patients as he finds great privilege and joy in sharing their life journeys. Dr Higgins patients describe him as being a good listener, compassionate, and an excellent physician.


Dr. Higgins has two sons, both successful in their careers in finance. As proud as he is of their success, he is most proud of how close “the boys” and his entire family have remained over the years. In his free time, Dr. Higgins likes to kayak, bike, and garden. He is an avid sports fan, enjoying football, hockey, baseball, soccer, and golf. Dr. Higgins lists Alzheimer’s Association and American Cancer Society as causes that remain important to him.

Training & Credentials


Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (New York)
Internship: St. Barnabas Hospital (New York)
Residency: St. Barnabas Hospital (New York)

Advanced Degree

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Board Certification & Accreditations

Board Certified, Family Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine

Medical Interests

Preventive Medicine/Healthy Aging
Heart Disease
Annual Physicals & Wellness Visits
Weight Management
Sports Medicine
Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Insurances Accepted
We accept Medicare and most forms of insurance, please call (516) 233-2484 or the physician's office for more information.
Patient Testimonials
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I have been a patient of Dr. Higgins for several years. His office is run efficiently - no sitting in the lobby / exam room for an hour waiting to be seen. Dr. Higgins listens to you, makes appropriate recommendations and explains the rationale for them. I have been under a specialist's care for an autoimmune disease for 25 yrs. Dr. Higgins is well versed in my condition and has taken additional measures my specialist failed to suggest to ensure my good health. Excellent physician!
Anonymous. Verified Patient
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My husband was sick with an unknown issue, after a couple weeks with DR Higgins diligently working toward a solution we were directed to a specialist and treated, successfully. Dr Higgins' thorough questioning, patience, understanding and insight helped to relieve our concerns and build our confidence to return to him for all of our families needs. His entire staff is wonderful.
Laura. Verified Patient
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Dr Higgins took me in when no other Dr would because it was coming up on a major holiday. I was very very sick and in 5 1/2 years or so that I've been his pt. I can say enough about him. I never wait to get an appt and I never wait long to see him, he answers everything & he's approachable & an amazing caring Dr. He's nothing short of 5 starts & if rate him higher if I could.
Lisa. Verified Patient
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I have been with doctor higgins for over 15 years. Best doctor I ever had. Listens, is understanding and knows what he's doing.
Anonymous. Verified Patient
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Dr. Higgins is one of the most caring and kind man. He always treats me and my family with the best of care. His professionalism with his patients and staff is beyond satisfaction. His knowledge, skills and friendly attributes makes you feel comfortable. Thank you guys.
Rachel. Verified Patient

Providers & Patient Care Team at Same Care Center

Bianca Garcia, MD

Bianca Garcia, MD

Rosalina Alvarez, OM

Rosalina Alvarez, OM