Eve Juliet Higginbotham, SM, MD, ML is the inaugural Vice Dean of Inclusion and Diversity at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a position she assumed on August 1, 2013. She is also a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) since 2000, serving on National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) consensus committees, and the NAM Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity. Dr. Higginbotham is a member of the governing board of the National Research Council. She has broad governance including serving as a past president of the AΩA Honor Medical Society and previous membership on the Harvard Board of Overseers and the MIT Corporation. Dr. Higginbotham currently serves on the board of directors of Ascension, is a member of the executive and audit committees, and she chairs the quality committee for the system. Ascension is the second largest private health system in the United States, with hospitals and clinical sites in 20 states.
A graduate of MIT and Harvard Medical School with SB and SM degrees in Chemical Engineering, Dr. Higginbotham completed her residency in ophthalmology at LSU and fellowship training at the MEEI in Boston. In 2020, she completed a Master of Law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
Dr. Higginbotham lists over 160 peer reviewed publications. She is a practicing glaucoma specialist and continues to remain active in scholarship related to glaucoma, ocular pharmacology, health policy, health equity, and organizational culture.