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:
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.
United States Air Force Captain, August 20, 1972-August 19, 1974; Chief of General Therapy Clinic, 1973-1974.
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.
Alpha Epsilon Delta-honorary Premedical Society-1966
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, September 8, 1978
Forensic Pathology - State Medical Examiner - University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, July and August 1969
PUBLICATIONS - MEDICAL
PUBLICATIONS - NONMEDICAL
SERVICE AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
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.
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.