Dr. Midori “Mimi” Higashi is originally from Dallas, TX and moved to Southern California as a teenager. She was a competitive figure skater from age 5 to 18, and it was this athletic lifestyle that was a major factor in her interest in the field of podiatric medicine. She attended the University of California, San Diego, earning a bachelor of science degree in Human Biology, followed by her podiatric medical training at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Podiatric Medicine, where she graduated at the top of her class with honors.
After podiatric medical school, Dr. Higashi completed her residency training at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, specializing in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. During this rigorous and comprehensive three-year program, she completed 1,700 foot and ankle surgical procedures, managing patients in both hospital and out-patient settings, encompassing all aspects of surgical care of foot and ankle deformity and disease.
In addition to her training, Dr. Higashi is an avid lecturer. Over the past two years, she has given six lectures to her colleagues at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Complications Conference, Washington State Podiatric Medical Association Annual Conference, and the International Foot and Ankle Foundation Seattle Seminar. Topics she has lectured on include anti-coagulation, rheumatoid arthritis in the foot and ankle, complications of ligamentous laxity, as well as running injuries including Achilles tendinosis. She also helped coordinate and volunteer on a medical mission with the Crippled Children’s project in Yucatan, Mexico, focusing on the surgical correction of pediatric congenital deformities.
Outside of podiatry, she enjoys cooking, figure skating, and traveling. She is currently a member of the Highland Figure Skating Club.
Higashi, M., Shofler, D., Manji, K., Penera, K. Reliability of Visual Estimation of the First Intermetatarsal Angle. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2017 Jan-Feb. 56(1)8-9.
Higashi M., Grant G., Joint Sparing Technique for Complex Hammertoe Repair. Pending Publication.