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Title Chair, Levitetz Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Spanish
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritis Surgery
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Revision
  • Hip Surgery
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preserving Hip Surgery
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement
  • Knee Reconstructive Surgery
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Patello-femoral Knee Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip
  • Revision Hip Arthroplasty
  • Revision Hip Joint Replacement
  • Revision Joint Replacement
  • Revision Knee Arthroplasty
  • Revision Total Hip Replacement
  • Revision Total Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Hip Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
View all 27 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Muscle Aches/Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Scars
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
View all 11 Specialties +


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About Carlos Higuera Rueda, MD

Carlos Higuera-Rueda is currently a staff surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Florida, where he divides his time between leadership, research and patient care. He is the Chairman of the Levitetz Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida and Director of the Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Center. Dr. Higuera completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic and a clinical fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. 

Dr. Higuera specializes in hip and knee arthroplasty surgery. He is interested in complex revision procedures including infections. His research interest is mainly in periprosthetic joint infections including diagnostic tools, patient optimization and overall outcomes after arthroplasty. He is currently working on developing new technologies to diagnose and treat such infections. He is the president of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedics
Philadelphia, PA USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Medical Education - Pontificia Universidad Javeriana School of Medicine
Bogota, Colombia


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Hip and knee replacement, including primary and revision hip and knee surgery; hip muscle sparing techniques; knee patellofemoral arthroplasty; clinical outcomes research; predictive modeling

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 9/25/2023, Dr. Higuera Rueda has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Higuera Rueda receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Stryker Corporation

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

274 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

50 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Dr. Higuera was very understanding and caring.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

I was extremely please with the doctor and fellow.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023


Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Physician is very knowledgeable

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Dr. Higuera is a world class physician at a world class hospital. I feel so confident with his excellence and care.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Having had two TKR with Dr. Higuera and The Cleveland Clinic I'm so impressed with the smoothness and genuine teamwork throughout. The culture is certainly patient first'.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Dr Higuera is the best doctor ever.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Dr. Higuera Rueda was very nice and showed lots of concern and helped me feel better.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Absolutely excellent care..Dr. Higuera is a very gifted surgeon

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Good experience with doctor

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Good interaction with the doctor

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr Rueda always takes his time with me about my knee and explaining thoroughly

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

My provider gave me the information that I needed, and answer all the questions that I wanted to know and concern

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr. Carlos Higuera is the best of the best! He performed full knee replacement and is a hit!!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

I am recommending Dr. Higuera to everyone!!

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Dr Higuera is an excellent doctor. Thorough, smart, and compassionate.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Excelente Dr ,me siento mucho mejor .Gracias

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Everything Excellent. I am very grateful with Dr. Carlos Higuera fir my hip surgery.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr. Hugera an the medical team that I had was the best experience I've had dealing with any doctor

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

Dr. Matt and Dr. Higuera went to great lengths to try and help me.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

A great Doctor

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Nice doctor

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Dr higuera is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Dr higuera listen to patient. Very considerate.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

I have only positive things to say about Dr Carlos Higuera. Very impressed by his intelligence, compassion and dedication to helping patients heal.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Dr Higuera is the best. Very patient

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Fabulous Doctor and office

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Caring and professional Dr Higuera, wonderful and very responsive staff

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

I was very blessed to have Dr Hiquera as my doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr. Higuera was extremely courteous and responsive. In addition he is a first class Physician.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

The whole staff including Dr.Huiguera and his PA were excellent.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Dr Carlos Higuera-Rueda Is the very very BEST! He has been my Dr. For Many years & I trust his opinion completely! He is highly intelligent & keeps up on the latest in modern medicine! I recommend him to everyone.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Dr Mike and Dr R were both informative and comforting. Appreciate them taking the time to listen and answer all my questions.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Very professional hospital and Doctors

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Dr Carlos H Is an Absolutely great Doctor Highly recommended

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Awesome doctor, very professional

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

Dr. Higuera has transformed my life with my hip replacement. I feel younger & rejuvenated.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr very attentive and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Excellent customer service, Dr. Higuera very professional.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

Dr Higuera explained everything in details regarding possible knee surgery

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

Great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

In addition to being a great Dr. Dr Rueda is a great humanitarian a wonderful human being

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

The doctor was very nice and informative.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2023

Excellent service, called me on time, very professional, Dr. Was on time, my experience was more that I expect.Thank you.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2023

Dr higuera was always polite and caring and I believe is an outstanding doctor,,

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2023

Dr. Higuera, was concerned about my recovery, he was always aware of any situation and the needs of my medicine after surgery, taking care that everything related to my knee was in good condition.I am proud of Dr. Higuera as my surgeon, he is a good professional.THANK YOU Dr. Higuera. GOD ALWAYS BLESS YOU. !!!

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2023

Roxana Martinez went out of her way in arranging and coordinating a visit for me with Dr Rueda. He and his staff were extremely kind as well in squeezing me in and taking time to hear and address my issue.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

He is one of the best physicians at cc Weston

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

The Doctor is wonderful, I have recommended the Clinic and the doctor to everyone I know

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

Dr.Higuera is an excellent doctor, who has always been upfront about any concerns I may have. He has become more like family.

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