Chris E. Wiggins, M.D.
Dr. Wiggins is a general orthopaedic surgeon by training.
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. this 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.
Dr. Wiggins is a certified examiner for the United States Social Security Administration. He regularly performs medical reviews of social security applicants.
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
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
Alpha Omega Alpha-honorary Society-1970, President 1971
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
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, emeritus
- Mississippi State Medical Association
- Jackson County Medical Society
- Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula, MS, emeritus status
- Ocean Springs Hospital, Ocean Springs, MS, emeritus status
- Free Clinic of Meridian, Meridian, Mississippi
- Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, active 2022
- Alabama Medical Licensure Commission, active 2022
PUBLICATIONS - MEDICAL
- 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.
- Pulmonary Embolus Prophylaxis in the Orthopaedic and Trauma Patient.
Chris E. Wiggins, "Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society",
- Double-Gloving, "Resident and Staff Physician", 23, 1:32s,
- 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
- Antibiotic Concentration in Normal Bone, Chris E. Wiggins, "Orthopaedic
Transactions", 1, 2:205, November 1977.
- Concentration of Antibiotics in Normal Bone After Intravenous Injection;
Wiggins, et al. "Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery", 60-A:93,
- Beckwire for Passing Sutures Through Bone, Chris E. Wiggins, "Clinical
Orthopaedics", 154:320, March 1981.
- Pronator Syndrome. Chris E. Wiggins, M.D. "Southern Medical
Journal". 75, 2:240, February 1982.
- Office Video. Chris E. Wiggins, M.D. "Contemporary Orthopaedics",
71, 16:3, March 1988.
- A Useful Technique for Padding Slings and Hanging Arm Casts. "Surgical
Rounds for Orthopaedics". 59, 2:8, August 1988.
- Hearing Protection and Cast Saw Noise, Chris E. Wiggins and Karen
B. Read. "Journal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association."
5, 1:1 Spring 1996.
- Wiggins, C E: A Concise Guide to Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal
Impairment Ratings. New York, Lippincott. 2006.
PUBLICATIONS - NONMEDICAL
- Newspaper Column: Mississippi Press, 14 articles from 1993-1995,
- Noblesse. (inspirational article), Seek Magazine, November 23, 1997.
- 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.
- Blood Feud. (a medical mystery thriller) Publisher: PublishAmerica.
- Move Up To An Aviary. (humorous how-to-do article) Bird Talk on-line
magazine. Bird Breeder. April 7, 2001. www.animalnetwork.com
- 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.
- Cat Fancy, “A Cat Artist’s Retreat” Dec 2007,
- A Tale of (Two) Mississippi Cities: Pascagoula and Moss Point. Wiggins Communications Services. 2012.
- “Real Men Don’t Need Anesthesia: Dr. Porter and the Pascagoula Connection.” Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association. August 2013.
- "What You Always Wanted To Know About Ocean Springs and Gautier, but.." Wiggins Communication Services. 2015.
- "A Maritime History of the Mississippi Coast" Wiggins Communication Services. 2016.
- "Ingalls Cold War Nuclear Submarines" Amazon.com 2017
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Jackson County Historic Preservation Committee.
- Singing River Little Theatre, vice-president, Producer, founding member.
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.