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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
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preserving Hip Surgery
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement
  • Joint Replacement Of The Knee
  • Knee Arthroplasty
  • Knee Revision
  • Orthobiologics
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Patello-femoral Knee Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hip
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Knee
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • 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
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 34 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

202 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

32 Patient Comments

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 18, 2020

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

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

I'm very thankful to have found a Dr like Dr Higuera I suffer with Ehlers Danlos syndrome and many doctors are ignorant to the complications of this.. I fel t safe and confident with his understanding of the complications involved and I will definitely be recommending him to the ehlers-danlos society so other patients may be able to benefit from his expertise

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Dr. Rueda spent time explaining my alternative tactics.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

the office staff at doctor Higuera is excellent!!!

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Dr. Higuera is an excellent human being and a great and knowledgeable doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

Perfect visit with Dr Higuera.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Great Doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Dr.Huigera was wonderful, professiona,l thorough, kind and encouraging to helping me solve my medical problem

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Excellent doctoring

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

I believe Dr. Higuera is the Best Orthopedic surgeon in Florida. God has Blessed Dr. Higuera with an incredible talent of Healing which he in turn has given back hope and good health to his many patients. I had a knee replacement surgery on a badly infected left knee performed by a previous surgeon. It was not successful. The infection had not cleared - I was not able to walk and in constant pain for over six months, The previous surgeon said only alternative was do another knee replacement. Dr. Higuera at Cleveland Clinic was referred as an outstanding surgeon. At our 1st appointment with Dr. Higuera, we were so impressed with his caring, kindness and thought-fullness, When he read the medical report on my previous surgery, recognized the pain I was having, Dr. Higuera moved me up in his schedule. It was worth the drive from Fort Myers to Weston. Thanks to Dr. Higuera. the surgery was a complete success. He discussed every detail of what was to happen - the rod and spacer implanted for 3 months to clear the infection followed by the replacing of the artificial knee. After the surgery, the excruciating pain is gone. Not only did Dr. Higuera give me a new knee, he gave me my life back. I can now walk again and enjoy each day. Also, all of his staff were so pleasant and efficient. The sweetest words I have ever heard by my wife were I Will - the second best words by Dr. Higuera were X-rays, blood tests & knee look great - See you this Time next Year.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Dr. was excellent. took the time to show me a normal shoulder X-ray and then mine and referred me to a shoulder specialist. we still need to figure out the hip problem and I understand the procedure ahead

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

my appointment was originally scheduled to the Coral Springs Clinic at 1: o'clock on July 29 when I went to the Coral Springs clinic I was informed that the Dr was in Weston and I had to go there. I even got a text message about 12:00 that I was 11 minutes away as traffic was light so I went to Coral SoringsI still got an appointment to the Drs office in Weston the same day

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

this Dr is very good

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

very good experience with Dr Carlos Higuera and staff

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

very thankful to Dr Higuera.and He's staff.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Very gentle kind doctor with an excellent bedside manner

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Dr. Higuera was very professional and explained my options very clearly.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

I have nothing but praise for Dr. Higuera. In fact, all of the doctors at Cleveland Clinic are superior.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

From the front desk to the discharge. I was treated with great care and respect. I thank God for *Dr. Higuera and his professional staff. Having two knee replacement was the hardest thing I had ever done. I thank God for Cleveland Clinic.

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