Kristen B. Higgins, M.D.  Dr. Higgins practices at our Gastonia (Cox Rd) Office.

Kristen B. Higgins, MD. Dr. Higgins practices at our Gastonia (Cox Rd) Office.

Dr. Higgins is a board certified dermatologist. She received her medical degree form Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and a dermatology residency at the prestigious University of Virginia. Dr Higgins is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. American Board of Dermatology Education

  • May 2004 | Doctor of Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • May 2000 | Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, summa cum laude, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC


  • University of Virginia Dermatology July, 2005 – Anticipated completion June, 2008 Chief Resident beginning July, 2007


  • Alpha Omega Alpha, elected as a third year medical student, 2003
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 1999
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1999
  • Golden Chain Senior Honorary, 1999
  • Caldwell Scholar, 1996 – 2000



  • Charlottesville Free Clinic Volunteer, August 2005 – Present
  • Visiting Medical Student Coordinator, May 2007 – Present

Medical School

  • Phase V Representative, Class of 2004, 2003 – 2004
  • Membership Coordinator, American Medical Assoc., 2001–2002
  • Pediatric Interest Group President, 2001 – 2002
  • Peds Pal, 2001

Community Service Activities

  • Students Teaching Early Prevention
  • Students Teaching AIDS to Students
  • Wake Forest University Health Fair


  • Chancellor’s Aide, 1998 – 2000
  • Teaching Assistant Coordinator, Genetics, 1999 – 2000
  • Judicial Board Member, 1998 – 1999
  • Study Abroad in Oxford, England, Summer 1998


  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • Women’s Dermatologic Society


  • Pearce DJ, Higgins KB, Stealey KH, Balkrishnan R, Crane MM, Camacho F, Fleischer AB Jr, Feldman SR. Adverse events from systemic therapies for psoriasis are common in clinical practice. J Dermatolog Treat. 2006;17 (5):288-93.
  • Pearce DJ, Morrison AE, Higgins KB, Crane MM, Balkrishnan R, Fleischer AB Jr, Feldman SR. The comorbid state of psoriasis patients in a university dermatology practice. J Dermatolog Treat. 2005;16(5-6):319-23.
  • Jordan AY, Parks L, Chen SC, Higgins K, Fleischer AB, Feldman SR. Does the teratogenicity of isotretinoin outweigh its benefits? J Dermatolog Treat. 2005;16(4):190-2.
  • Sinal SH, Higgins KB, McLean TW, Rouster-Stevens K, Manuel J. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Use in Pediatric Patients with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Submitted for review to Journal of Clinical Rheumatology.
  • Currently working on manuscripts regarding use of terbinafine to treat lichen planus; cystic fibrosis presenting as an acrodermatitis enteropathica-like eruption; and breast telangiectasias in women


  • Student Intern, Genecare Medical Genetics Center, Chapel Hill, NC, 1999 – 2000; performed karyotyping on amniotic fluid and prepared microscope slides for chromosomal analysis

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