Department Otolaryngology
Primary Location Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Ent/Otolaryngology
  • Ear Tubes
  • Ear Wax Removal
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Nasal Endoscopy
  • Nose/nasal Surgery
  • Pediatric and Adult Otolaryngology
  • Skull Base Surgery
View all 8 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Allergies
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nose Or Nasal Problems
  • Nosebleed
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Sebaceous Cysts
  • Septal Deviation
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sinonasal Disease
  • Sinus Infections
  • Sinus, Sleep, Salivary Gland Disease
  • Skull Base Cancer
  • Smell And Taste Disorder
  • Thyroid Eye Disease
  • Tonsil And Adenoid Problems
  • Tonsillitis
View all 20 Specialties +


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About Mamie Higgins, MD

Dr. Mamie Higgins is originally from Northern California, but with family ties to the Northeast. She graduated from UC Berkeley with dual degrees in molecular cell biology with an emphasis in biochemistry as well as philosophy. During that time, she also competed in Division I waterpolo.  After completing her undergraduate education, Dr. Higgins spent considerable time in basic science research at the University of California San Francisco Cancer Institute before transitioning to clinical trials at Stanford University. She then transitioned to obtaining her medical degree at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine where she graduated with cum laude honors. She completed her Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery residency training at Albany Medical School/Center in Upstate New York. Dr. Higgins then pursued additional clinical training as a Senior Clinical Fellow in Neurorhinology - Advanced Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Higgins' specialty interests include acute and chronic sinonasal disease, including nasal polyposis, cystic fibrosis, nasal vasculitic disease, and aspirin-exacerbated sinus disease, as well as CSF leak repairs, Grave's eye disease, and benign and malignant anterior skull base neoplasms. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Washington Medical center
Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
Seattle, WA USA

Residency - Albany Medical Center
Albany, NY USA

Medical Education - State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY USA

Undergraduate - University of California at Berkeley
Philosophy, Molecular Cell Biology - Biochemistry
Berkeley, CA USA

Additional Training

  • Fellowship in Neurorhinology and Advanced Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle.


  • Otolaryngology

Specialty Interests

acute/chronic sinusitis, sinonasal disease including nasal polyposis, aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease, cystic fibrosis, CSF leaks, sinonasal tumors - benign and malignant, orbital tumors, Grave's eye disease, minimally invasive skull base surgery, anterior skull base tumors, nasal obstruction

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

178 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

Dr. Higgins was excellent. Very competent, caring, congenial & a great communicator.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Dr Higgins was very professional she attacked my problem and my allergies and sinus problems are much better have follow up in one month looking forward to it

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Dr. Higgins might be the best Doctor I have ever had

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

very pleased with entire process. Dr H was very professional, kind, and informative. so glad Dr McDonough referred us to Dr H.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Very polite and attentive, not only Dr. Higgins but the entire staff.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

I was very comfortable with Dr. Higgins. she doesn't put on an act.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

I have NO complaints about any of my doctors at the clinic. I feel well cared for!

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

*Dr. Higgins is a caring and exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable physician. She carefully answered all my questions and even helped me get a flu shot in their office!

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

I would most definitely encourage anyone to Dr.Higgins she is so much concern for her patients .so warm and friendly I'm very satisfied with her.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

dr Higgins was excellent

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Dr. Higgins was very informative. She keep me inform throughout the entire process.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Dr. Higgins was great. She was very informative. explained things very well.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

loved Dr. Higgins. will recommend

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

I do recommend Dr Higgins. It just doesn't get any better than Her. It was quick but very through.She gave me the facts, my options, and we agreed on a course of action that I am very happy with.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

I had trouble getting an appointment with the schedulers and they would not set an appointment. I got in touch directly with DR. Higgins and she was awesome and immediately saw me.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

I could not get care I needed from general staff. Dr. Higgins took it on herself to make sure I received the care and attention I needed. The people working phones and scheduling could care less but Dr. Higgins went beyond the call of duty to help me through a trying time!

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Dr. Higgins is very knowledgeable and personable. I really appreciated her bed aide manner and that she didn't rush the appointment. I would recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Dr. Higgins was was awesome.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Excellent physician! Very helpful, skilled and informative. Highly recommend.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Dr Higgins is excellent. She is highly professional, personable and takes the time to engage with the patient. I also GREATLY appreciate her being on time !!!

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

She is one of the best doctors I have seen recently. She was so patient and kind to me.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

What an amazing experience with Dr. Higgins. she is down to earth and so inviting to be free with your concerns. She is a realist and very much treats you as an equal. I will see her for my ENT issues from now on!

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

Absolutely the best ENT doctor I've ever been to.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

well pleased with the Dr. I'm hoping she has found the problem for which I have been searching for 3 years!

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr Higgins was very professional and thorough while still being personable.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

she is an extremely good doctor.

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Doctor was very personable. Provided excellent care.

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Mamie Higgins is one of the best doctors I have ever seen!...She seems to really care about her patients, and takes the time to actually answer questions, and be pleasant about it....Dr. Higgins is the way ALL doctors should be!

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr Higgins was amazing. She listened to what I had to say, was kind, caring and very knowledgeable. She explained everything and thoroughly discussed a treatment plan for me that I am comfortable with. I would definitely recommend her to anyone I. need of an ENT Doctor.

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

Dr. Higgins is great!! Made me feel comfortable and explained everything thoroughly. She is very caring and knowledgeable

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

I found Dr Higgins to be very personable knowledgeable,and professional.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

very good dr.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

Dr Higgins was very kind and listen to my problems. She explained very clearly what my issues were. And prescribed medication to help. She's a very caring kind and compassionate person. And I can't wait to meet her in person!!!'

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

I experienced a very good appointment with dr. Higgins.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2020

This was my first visit with Dr. Higgins. She was very knowledgeable about my health. Not very often do you see a physician that takes the time to look at a patient's chart before a visit. I highly recommend Dr. Higgins to friends and family members.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dr. Higgins was excellent, I will recommend her to others.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Dr. Higgins was very thorough and personable. She explained everything and I left the appointment feeling comfortable and that my needs were met. I really enjoyed talking with her. I would recommend her to family and friends.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

My doctor (Higgins) was one of the best (and possibly THE best) doctor I've ever seen!...She was very attentive, and thorough, and seemed to actually care about finding answers for the patient!...She was awesome!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

I was very surprised when I made my appointment that I could get in to see the doctor so soon , because in the past when I scheduled an appointment, I would have to wait weeks to months

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

this was the first time I met Dr Higgins . She was friendly & gave me a lot of options for treatment.

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