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Title Director, Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Center and 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

  • 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 6/14/2022, 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

203 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 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

Great,caring and amazing doctor

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2022

I was very pleased with my visit. I was looking for an endocrinologist in the area and I, right away decide that Dr Carlos would be he.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

Cleveland has the best system and doctors

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

My experience Was very positive! Staff and Doctor were wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

The doctor listened to me and removed fluids from the affected right knee and promised to call me with the results and subsequent plans. I am very hopeful he will be able to help me with the problems.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

Both the student and doctor were excellent. Addressed all of my concerns

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Dr. Higuera Rueda is an excellent professional. My recovery from surgery us excellent

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Doctor Higuera RUEDA is very professional, kind and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

Great Doctor lovely helpful staff

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Dr always takes time to review file and xrays .He is thorough and great listener .He also will provide direction and suggestions on activities which are beneficial .

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

Wonderful and caring physician who helped me immensely and cured my problem

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

I was nervous but Dr Higuera calmed me down and patiently explained everything to me

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Dr.Higuera Rueda is an excellent surgeon, as well as a very kind and compassionate doctor. I would recommend him highly to anyone who needs hip surgery.

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Great representatives/ great doctor

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Loved my doctor and experience with Cleveland clinic

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Dr. Higuera was extremely thorough and explained the best he could my problem

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

My visit was informative Dr. Is pleasant and knowledgeable, II feel very confident, thank you..

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2022

Excelente doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

Great Doctor Nurse and X-ray tecnician were great

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2022

Dr Higuera-Rueda is awesome. He's been so professional, caring & very concerned for me. He's an excellent physician and a really nice man!!!

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

Excellent person and Excellent Professional Dr Higuera

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

My Dr or the PA were always very attentive and listened to me concerns and helped me feel confident regarding what I was going through.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Dr. Higuera-Rueda was very meticulous and explained my diagnosis and treatment plan. He also showed empathy. Highly satisfied.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

Dr. Higuera did not rush in providing answers to my questions and descriptions In detail regarding the surgery I will be having. He was patient, kind and conversive. Those who assisted during my appointment were also helpful, friendly and kind.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

Dr Higuera put me at ease and his care and explanations were superior. I have already recommended him to a friend.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2021

Good, doctor was very helpful and pleasant

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Left with a great deal of confidence that I chose an excellent physician

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Dr. Higuera is someone for whom I hold the utmost respect for, not just as a physician, but across all walks of life. I feel privileged to be his patient.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Dr. Higuera represents the utmost of professionalism, care and concern. He treats me like a friend.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

The ease of talking to my Doctor was very helpful. It's a 3 hour round trip drive for me and when I can work in an occasional video appointment it makes my life much easier.

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