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Title Center Director Orthopaedics and Rheumatology Chairman, Levitetz Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Spanish
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Arthritis Surgery
  • Arthroplasty
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Hip & Knee Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Revision
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preserving Hip Surgery
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement
  • Joint Replacement Of The Knee
  • Knee Arthroplasty
  • Knee Revision
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Patello-femoral Knee Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hip
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Knee
  • Revision Hip Arthroplasty
  • Revision Hip Joint Replacement
  • Revision Joint Replacement
  • Revision Knee Arthroplasty
  • Revision Knee Joint Replacement
  • 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 30 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hyperemia
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Muscle Aches/Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Scars
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
View all 13 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

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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 4/6/2021, Dr. Higuera Rueda has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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

221 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

39 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021


Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

I trust Dr Hueguera very much. Like his advice and the treatment provided is giving my knee positive results

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Dr Higueras was very nice, profesional and quite clear in explaning to me the extend of the knee injury. He was very receptive of all my questions and concerns and took the neccesary time to explain me what to do.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

I am so pleased with Dr. Higuera from the way he handled everything regarding my surgery, from pre-op to my 3-mth. Post-op visit. He took all precautions as I was a high risk patient due to heart disease. He responded promptly to my phone calls and texts. Dr. Higuera was always patient, professional, and compassionate. I am so happy with the outcome. He changed my life, I am finally pain-free after many years. I would have no reservations in recommending him to family and friends.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

The doctor was professional and very knowledgeable. You know these are really hard times for doctors ,nurses and health care professionals so I only have good comments for Mr. Higuera and his coworkers .

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

This doctor greeted me with talking about my medication. He told me I was taking enough medication to kill his horse. He had X-rays of my knees and never once offered MRI.I asked for a referral for the problems I was having with my neck and he gave me a referral to. A pain specialist. I had already informed that I was I under the care of a pain specialist. He showed no empathy or personality. I can only speak highly about the X-ray tech Edwin. He was caring , kind explained everything an genuinely cared about me as a person

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Dr. Higuera is as special as a person as he is as a doctor. I'm so lucky he was the one to do my surgeries.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Disappointed that I was not able to get answers to what my intervention should be since my MRI results were not uploaded in time for my visit. The doctor lacked compassion for the pain I have been dealing with for over three weeks.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Doctor & Resident were compassionate & gave us their undivided attention.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

The doctor was excellent.....he took his time with me and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

It was a good experience. The doctor was very thorough, explained everything, answered my questions and the injection was fine.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

My doctor's honesty and concern for my wellbeing was very refreshing.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Excellent expierienceGreat doctor

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Wonderful experience, I was able to get in to see the doctor the same day. Grateful for the promptness. Thank you

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

I had a great experience and recommended my husband to see the doctor

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

I was provided convenient options for scheduling an appointment with Dr Higuera.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Dr Higuera the best

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

Dr Higuera listen to my concerns and made me feel comfortable about my up coming surgery.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Dr. Higeura was the consummate provider for me. He examined all records, had in-depth conversations with me and also educated me about how to better care post-op.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

I like the way that doctor explain to me the possible problem.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2021

very good physician and staff you are blessed have them.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2021

This Doctor was the BEST I have seen at Cleveland Clinic Hosp. Please keep him, I am very happy with his expertise and care.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2021

The best Doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2021

Very impressed with the Dr and his staff .All patient ,informative and listened .

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

This was my first visit with Dr. Higuera. His communication skills were excellent. I was pleased with his opinions. I certainly will go back to him for any orthopedic issues.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

excellent communication between the doctor and me, and excellent the medical attention

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Doctor Higuera is an outstanding physician. He is very caring and dedicated.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Doctor seemed caring and understood my concerns. Compared my former xtays with onestaked that morning, and then physically checked my concerned atea, and assured me that all is good, and then gave me the option to see a Spin surgeon or specialist. I chose the Specialist.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Dr Higuera is excellent. deserves a 5+

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

everything is perfect , especially the atenci?n of the Doctor Carlos higuera the best Ortopedista

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Dr Higuera provided all the necessary information for me to make future decisions for my health. He is a fantastic caring professional.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Very attentive to my needs concern and he took his time to explain everything to me. The doctor had an excellent bedside matter made me feel that he understood my concerns and cared about helping me the best way possible.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2021

great support, terrific doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

The experience with the Doctor was first class,,he reviewed my records and films and gave me a protocol and options to handle my knee condition.I had full confidence in him and his sincere concern.The remainder of the staff were also excellent

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

have much respect for the doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

Dr. Higuera Rueda was great. He was very personable, took interest in me, answered all my questions, had plenty of his own and gave me great feedback and recommendations. He was very patient and thorough!

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Dr. Higuera was the eighth doctor I have seen in the past year for my hip problems. He rates at the very top. He truly listened to me and thoroughly examined me. I felt like he tried to know me as a person as well as treating my issue.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

very happy with Dr.HiguerasRueda

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020

The service at Cleveland Clinic was excellent and Dr Carlios Higuera Rueda as well.

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