Kristin Higgins, MD


Dr. Higgins is a head, neck and lung cancer expert and advocate.

Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Radiation Oncologist
Head and Neck Cancer
Lung Cancer
Lung Cancer Care Clinic at Winship
Thyroid Cancer
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Kristin Higgins, MD, specializes in the treatment of head, neck and lung cancers. Dr. Higgins is board certified in radiation oncology and a clinical member of the Winship Cancer Institute. She has been awarded funding for her research on the effects of soy on head and neck cancer and for her research on exercise and lung cancer.

In her free time, Dr. Higgins enjoys spending time with her husband, Darren, and their two sons. She also enjoys running, fine dining and wine tasting.


Dr. Higgins completed residency in radiation oncology at Duke University, as well as an internship in internal medicine. She attended medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She earned a BS in neuroscience at Vanderbilt University and graduated magna cum laude.


During her time at Duke, Dr. Higgins served as chief resident in her final year of training. She received several prestigious honors, including the 2010 ASCO Bradley Stuart Beller Foundation Merit Award, given to the top ASCO abstract submitted by a resident or fellow, and the Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award. Additionally, she has authored and coauthored several manuscripts and abstracts and given multiple oral presentations at national meetings.

Dr. Higgins was featured in the 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle article, "Emory studying anti-cancer effects of soy."


Dr. Higgins’ research interests include using functional imaging in head and neck cancer to predict treatment outcomes. She also has a research interest in optimizing radiotherapy for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer. She is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American Society for Radiation Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Radiologic Society of North America.


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