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 6/26/2020, 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.

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* 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

173 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

31 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

The best doctor.

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

the wait this time in the exam room was a little more than usual. Otherwise the professionalism from the Dr and his staff was excellent.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2020

This was a very good experience. I have great confidence in getting excellent results from contacting Cleveland clinic and Dr. Higuera.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2020

excellent professional, I had and have incredible experience with Dr C. Higuera R. he is the "top of the line".

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Dr. Higuera was fantastic. I was at a loss as to what to do with my knee. He gave me all of the options available to me and concluded that rest and non-weight bearing for 4 weeks was what I needed to do. I so appreciate all of the information about what was wrong. He suggested follow up care as well for when I returned home. I am from Minnesota, but was staying in Weston. I am truly impressed with the care and am thankful for the Cleveland Clinic on so many levels.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

best Dr. very clear and explain everything that needed to tell me

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

the best doctor in the world. I could be walking around with one leg if for him and his skills. Thank God for doctors like him

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

It was a wonderful experience! Dr Higuera Rueda was very caring and knowledgeable. he is a great doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

He is a wonderful doctor! He explained everything in detail and was very knowledgeable in knowing about my condition.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Excellent experience, I felt the Dr. showed genuine desire to help with a touch of warm humanity.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

good doctor

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

I love Dr Higuera is very professional . Very good experience . I really recommend Dr Higuera

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Dr. Higuera is great!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Very impressed with Dr. Hiquera. He was caring, compassionate and very helpful with health condition - an excellent Doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

very good experience. Doctor Higuera is very knowledgeable and willing to explain options to my understanding. comfortable taking his time. not in a hurry.

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