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Michael Ruffolo, MD
219 ratings, 38 reviews
Practice Name
Hospital Preference
WakeMed Cary Hospital
WakeMed Raleigh Campus
Office Location
222 Ashville Avenue
Suite 20
Cary, NC 27518
400 US Highway 70 East
WakeMed Garner Healthplex, Suite 100
Garner, NC 27529
120 Healthplex Way
WakeMed Apex Healthplex, Suite 206
Apex, NC 27502
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120 Healthplex Way, Suite 206
222 Ashville Avenue Suite 20
400 US Hwy 70 East Suite 100

Dr. Michael Ruffolo is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and complex hip and knee replacement surgery.
He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana but spent his formative years in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. Ruffolo received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina and attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Carolinas Medical Center/OrthoCarolina in Charlotte prior to his fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at the prestigious Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Ruffolo’s practice focuses on the optimal treatment of patients undergoing hip and knee replacement. He emphasizes minimally invasive techniques and efficient pain control to allow for rapid recovery and outpatient surgery. In addition, he specializes in difficult problems in hip and knee arthroplasty, including complex reconstructions and revision surgery.

He is a candidate member in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. His research has been presented at national meetings and has been published in leading orthopaedic journals. He remains active in these societies and employs the most up-to-date information to take the best care of his patients.

Dr. Ruffolo lives in Cary with his wife and daughter. In his spare time he enjoys movies, skiing, mountain biking, and gardening.

Clinical Interests
• Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
• Mini-Posterior Hip Replacement
• Partial Knee Replacement
• Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
• Complex Hip and Knee Replacement
• Revision Hip and Knee Replacement
• Periprosthetic Fracture Care
• Management of Periprosthetic Infection
Honors and Rewards
• Merck Award for Academic Excellence in Clinical Medicine
• Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
• Gold Humanism Honor Society
• American Society of Clinical Pathology Award for Academic Excellence and Achievement
• Dean’s Award Scholarship
• Prescott Award for Academic Excellence
Undergraduate Degree
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Medical School
West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV
Carolinas Medical Center/OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, NC, Orthopaedic Surgery
Rush University, Chicago, IL, Adult Reconstruction
Star Rating

The Star Ratings score is the average score a provider receives about his or her care on our Patient Satisfaction Survey conducted by Professional Research Corporation. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. The Star Rating you see represents the average score a provider received for the past 12-month period as long as they had more than 30 ratings during that time frame.

Overall Provider Rating
4.81 out of 5
219 ratings, 38 reviews

WakeMed Patient - February 2020

Felt as though I was the only patient at WakeMed Ortho - Apex during my visit. Outstanding attention to me during visit.

WakeMed Patient - February 2020

no so far all questions have been answered in a timely manner

WakeMed Patient - February 2020

The overall care from the entire team was great. I''ve had some bad experiences from other places, and the Doctor and his team were very professional, caring and the Doctor took his time and really listened.

WakeMed Patient - February 2020

Dr Ruffolo is very bright courteous and calming. Felt like I''d made the right choice in selecting him

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