Joseph J. Higgins, MD, FAAN
Medical Director, Neurology
Phone: 774-843-3246

About the Doctor

Dr. Joseph J. Higgins is the Medical Director of Neurology for Quest Diagnostics and the CLIA Laboratory Director for Athena Diagnostics in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Dr. Higgins is a leader
in the field of neurogenetics and manages all neurological diagnostic testing at Quest.

Areas of Specialization

Dr. Higgins is a published author of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, 6 book chapters, and 8 review articles in the field of neurogenetics and developmental neurobiology. He has almost 3 decades of experience in senior team leadership in both the private and public sectors.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Higgins has been on staff at several medical and academic associations, including:
  • Weill Cornell Medical College (Professor)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (Attending Physician/Research Scientist)
  • New York State Department of Health (Chief, Laboratory of Neurogenetics)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
  • AAN Neurogenetics Section
  • AAN Child Neurology Section
  • Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation Scientific Advisory Board


National Institutes of Health Neurogenetics. Developmental and Metabolic Branch, Neurology. National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

Internship and Residencies

Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Adult Neurology
New York University Medical Center/Bellevue/
Manhattan Veteran’s Administration Hospital
New York, New York

Child Neurology
Children’s Hospital National Medical Center
George Washington University, Washington, DC


Doctor of Medicine
New York University (Fifth Pathway)
New York, New York, USA
B.A. in Biology/Mathematics
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics

Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Major Awards

Harvard Medical Student Teaching Award
AMA Physician’s Recognition Award
Quest Diagnostics Compliance Excellence Award

Select Publications

The allelic spectrum of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease in over 17,000 individuals with neuropathy. Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine 2014;2:522-529.
A brief review of recent Charcot-Marie-Tooth research and priorities. F1000 Research 2015; 4:53.
Additional Publications


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Athena Diagnostics is a leader in diagnostic testing for neurological diseases and offers innovative tests for Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular and developmental disorders.

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