Chris E. Wiggins, M.D.

Dr. Wiggins is a general orthopaedic surgeon. He maintains a surgical practice in a locum tenens capacity. In addition, as part of Premier Healthcare Consulting, Wiggins provides physician-guided rehabilitation services at convalescent and skilled nursing facilities.

Based on his years of experience dealing with personal injury, trauma and orthopaedic conditions, Dr. Wiggins is called upon to render medico-legal evaluations in these types of cases. The foundation for such reporting and testimony began years ago in medical school when Wiggins underwent a forensic pathology clerkship at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. He has continued to have active participation in the medico-legal field. Recently, that has been expanded into a separate venture, Premier Healthcare Consulting, LLC. As an independent medical reviewer, Wiggins provides expert medical opinion and testimony for both plaintiff and defense sides of the aisle.

In addition to specifically practicing medicine Dr. Wiggins writes for both the medical and lay press. His medical treatise, Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Impairment Ratings: A Concise Guide, is equally of interest to practitioners in the areas of insurance and personal injury compensation as well as in the medical field. It simplifies the complex task of assigning value and importance to musculoskeletal injuries.

His most recent book, Ingalls Cold War Nuclear Submarines, written for the nonmedical audience, documents the important role Ingalls Shipbuilding and their workers played in turning out submarines that were vital to this nation’s defense during the Cold War years. The historical series currently consists of four books which are available on amazon.com. Search terms: Chris Wiggins history. Proceeds go to the Jackson County Historical Society. Books are also available through this website.

A detailed listing of Wiggins’s credentials and activities are as follows:

EDUCATION

COLLEGE: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 1964-1967, Bachelor of Science Degree 1969

MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Arkansas School of Medicine, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1967-June 13, 1971, M.D. Degree.

INTERNSHIP: Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas. Straight Surgery, 1971-1972.

RESIDENCY: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Arkansas School of Medicine, September 1974-August 1977.

MILITARY

United States Air Force Captain, August 20, 1972-August 19, 1974; Chief of General Therapy Clinic, 1973-1974.

AWARDS

Robert Key - 1971, for the highest academic standing among graduating medical school seniors.

Outstanding Resident Teacher Award, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Arkansas, 1977, Charter Recipient.

HONORARY SOCIETIES

Alpha Epsilon Delta-honorary Premedical Society-1966
Alpha Omega Alpha-honorary Society-1970, President 1971

CERTIFICATION

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, September 8, 1978

CLERKSHIP

Forensic Pathology - State Medical Examiner - University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, July and August 1969

MEDICAL SOCIETY

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, emeritus
  • Mississippi State Medical Association
  • Jackson County Medical Society

HOSPITAL AFFILIATION

  • Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula, MS, emeritus status
  • Ocean Springs Hospital, Ocean Springs, MS, emeritus status

LICENSES

  • Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, active 2019
  • Alabama Medical Licensure Commission, active 2019

PUBLICATIONS - MEDICAL

  1. The Pathology, Diagnosis and Medical-Legal Aspects of Death by Drowning, Christopher E. Wiggins and James L. Luke, "Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association", January, 1970.
  2. Pulmonary Embolus Prophylaxis in the Orthopaedic and Trauma Patient. Chris E. Wiggins, "Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society", January 1976.
  3. Double-Gloving, "Resident and Staff Physician", 23, 1:32s, January 1977.
  4. Nafcillin, Cefazolin and Gentamycin Concentrations in Normal Bone. Presented to the Orthopaedic Research Society, 44th annual meeting, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 1, 1977.
  5. Antibiotic Concentration in Normal Bone, Chris E. Wiggins, "Orthopaedic Transactions", 1, 2:205, November 1977.
  6. Concentration of Antibiotics in Normal Bone After Intravenous Injection; Wiggins, et al. "Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery", 60-A:93, 1978.
  7. Beckwire for Passing Sutures Through Bone, Chris E. Wiggins, "Clinical Orthopaedics", 154:320, March 1981.
  8. Pronator Syndrome. Chris E. Wiggins, M.D. "Southern Medical Journal". 75, 2:240, February 1982.
  9. Office Video. Chris E. Wiggins, M.D. "Contemporary Orthopaedics", 71, 16:3, March 1988.
  10. A Useful Technique for Padding Slings and Hanging Arm Casts. "Surgical Rounds for Orthopaedics". 59, 2:8, August 1988.
  11. Hearing Protection and Cast Saw Noise, Chris E. Wiggins and Karen B. Read. "Journal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association." 5, 1:1 Spring 1996.
  12. Wiggins, C E: A Concise Guide to Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Impairment Ratings. New York, Lippincott. 2006.

PUBLICATIONS - NONMEDICAL

  1. Newspaper Column: Mississippi Press, 14 articles from 1993-1995, (primarily humorous)
  2. Noblesse. (inspirational article), Seek Magazine, November 23, 1997.
  3. A Private Park. (inspirational article), Christian Medical and Dental Society Healthwise, a special edition of Today's Christian Doctor magazine. Vol 28, No. 5, p.32.
  4. Blood Feud. (a medical mystery thriller) Publisher: PublishAmerica. April, 2001
  5. Move Up To An Aviary. (humorous how-to-do article) Bird Talk on-line magazine. Bird Breeder. April 7, 2001. www.animalnetwork.com
  6. Caring Stories: Tales of Faith, Hope, and Inspiration by healthcare workers and caregivers. (an anthology of medical-related stories). Chris Wiggins, editor. PublishAmerica. September 2002.
  7. Cat Fancy, “A Cat Artist’s Retreat” Dec 2007, p. 84-85
  8. A Tale of (Two) Mississippi Cities: Pascagoula and Moss Point. Wiggins Communications Services. 2012.
  9. “Real Men Don’t Need Anesthesia: Dr. Porter and the Pascagoula Connection.” Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association. August 2013.
  10. "What You Always Wanted To Know About Ocean Springs and Gautier, but.." Wiggins Communication Services. 2015.
  11. "A Maritime History of the Mississippi Coast" Wiggins Communication Services. 2016.
  12. "Ingalls Cold War Nuclear Submarines" Amazon.com 2017

INVENTIONS

  1. Hand Brace for Boxer's Fractures. Co-inventor, Tom Young, ATC, RPT. Marketed by AliMed, Dedham, Massachusetts. Patent # D477,410 S and # 6,849,056 B1.

  2. Extremity Surgical Irrigation Basin. Pat. Pend. A basin for use in hospital operating rooms, emergency rooms, and wound care services. It functions as a support for the extremity as well as capturing the used irrigation fluid, creating a spill-free environment. Patent # D 607,557S

  3. Prefab Cast Window, E-Z Cast Window, Pat. Pend.

SERVICE AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society. Board member and past president.
  • Pascagoula Strategic Planning Committee. 2013-present.

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PREMIER HEALTHCARE CONSULTING, LLC

This company is operated by Dr. Wiggins, as the medical partner, and April Baughman, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, LNHA, as the administrative partner. It has two divisions: Independent Medical Evaluation division and the Life Care Planning division.

The Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) division, is available to offer review of medical records and, when called for, expert medical opinion is also available by deposition or courtroom testimony. Dr. Wiggins has been a court appointed evaluator by administrative law judges for the Mississippi Workers Compensation Commission. He has testified in Jackson County circuit court and United States Federal Court in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Dr. Wiggins’s expert reports are used by both plaintiff and defense sides to provide independent expert medical opinion. Premier Healthcare Consulting makes it a point to provide to the requesting party a detailed review in a timely fashion.

National Business Institute’s July 2018 seminar in Gulfport, Mississippi, “Workers’ Compensation: Critical Essentials from Both Sides of the Aisle” featured Wiggins as one of their speakers. He will also present at their forthcoming meeting July 2019 on the topic “Medical Issues During the Claim.”

April Baughman manages the Life Care Planning Division providing detailed forensic predictions of expenses necessary in recovery from accidents as well as life-long expenses involved in care of those patients suffering from catastrophic injury.

HISTORICAL INTERESTS

Wiggins has been an active member of the Jackson County (of Mississippi) Historical and Genealogical Society. As such he has participated in and spear-headed many of their projects. A recent undertaking has been a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Mississippi statehood which included county-wide projects culminating in the burial of a time capsule to be opened at the 250th anniversary.

He is a frequent speaker at historical society meetings, most recently at the South Mississippi Genealogical and Historical Society in Hattiesburg. He does frequent archival research into topics of historical interest.

Wiggins has been a consultant to Dr. Marie Danforth, professor of anthropology at University of Southern Mississippi. This included excavation of “lost” burials associated with an 1848 United States Army post in Pascagoula.