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Hip Replacement
Knee Replacement

Michael Ruffolo, MD

Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement

Dr. Michael Ruffolo is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and complex hip and knee replacement surgery. He emphasizes minimally invasive techniques and specializes in difficult problems in hips and knee arthroplasty, including complex reconstructions and revision surgery.

Dr. Ruffolo's 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.

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV

Residency: Carolinas Medical Center/OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, NC,

Fellowship: Rush University, Chicago, IL

Undergraduate: The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

  • 2023 NC Top Doctor Award
  • 2020 NC Top Doctor Award
  • 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
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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. 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.

4/28/2023 Dr. Ruffalo is consistent in his professional and personable manner. He listens extremely well and is thorough in explaining his diagnosis, and if necessary any options or alternatives a patient has.

4/28/2023 Yes the staff and Dr. Ruffolo

4/26/2023 I feel very confident in Dr Ruffalo - I have no issues

4/25/2023 Dr Ruffalo is so very caring and skilled. Thank you!

4/24/2023 Everyone were friendly and seemed very concerned about your care.

4/23/2023 Professional,through,concerned,knowledgeable.

4/20/2023 Excellent…quite pleased Awesome doctor Awesome staff

4/18/2023 Professionalism, patience and interest in my wellbeing.

4/17/2023 Everything as usual was outstanding.

4/16/2023 Dr Ruffolo is always very friendly and warm, as is the staff. I appreciate his skills as a surgeon and his bedside manner!

4/13/2023 Everything is great here

4/3/2023 I thought all exams, classes and correspondence leading up to the operation were excellent.

4/3/2023 Dr. Ruffalo and his office manager Lisa was wonderful. They really care about their pt and families. They went above and beyond with my care.

4/3/2023 Everyone is very helpful

4/3/2023 Dr. Ruffolo is a very caring physician.

3/31/2023 The Staff and my Doctor are GREAT! I do feel cared for when I visit his office.

3/31/2023 The visit was excellent

3/31/2023 Dr Ruffolo was very nice and explained everything to me.

3/27/2023 I really like Dr. Rufflo and the apex facility. Very convenient.

3/23/2023 The Care and attention I received was very great. I am happy that I chose to this facility !

3/22/2023 The concern for my recovering!

3/21/2023 Very efficient staff and Dr. Ruffolo is the best

3/19/2023 Sincere caring of my outcome and recognition of my feelings

3/16/2023 I can not remember the ladies at the front desk…but they were phonmenial

3/13/2023 the group is very professional Dr Ruffolo listens and provides next steps my appointment time was respected and I was taken care of right away

3/13/2023 Overall cooperation between staff

3/10/2023 Dr. Ruffalo is WOW awesome

3/9/2023 Doctor was friendly and informative. I feel confident in my choice with Wake Med.

3/7/2023 Dr. Ruffolo is a fantastic doctor. He’s personable and a great listener. His assistant Ashley is also personable and very helpful. My overall experience has been wonderful and I’ve already passed along his name to others.

3/7/2023 Dr. Ruffolo, is my go to person for my knee….He takes the time to explain everything to me.

3/6/2023 Everyone was very friendly and professional.

3/3/2023 I was wrong about my appointment time, but they accommodated me anyway.

3/2/2023 Dr. Ruffalo was terrific. Took the time to explain, answer questions and remained focused on our discussions.

3/2/2023 Dr.Ruffolo is the best orthopedic I've ever seen. He did a wonderful job on my knee that was horrible shape. I've come a long way thanks to Dr. Ruffolo

2/27/2023 Cannot do more than be outstanding!

2/27/2023 Dr Ruffolo and staff are concerned and are interested in the patient using the upmost care. I have recommended him and I will continue.

2/27/2023 Dr. Ruffalo is one of the most caring, understanding and attentive doctors I've ever had!

2/26/2023 Dr. Ruffalo provided excellent care throughout the process of 2 total knee replacement surgeries. The staff I saw at both the Kildaire Cary and Hwy 70 Garner facilities were always friendly, professional, kind, and helpful. From front desk, xray technicians, nurses, physical therapists, and Dr. Ruffalo, I always received excellent personal care.

2/23/2023 I really like Dr Ruffalo

2/22/2023 The appts are on time. No long wait time.

2/20/2023 Everything was outstanding

2/19/2023 Everything was very well organized so very little waiting on tests and doctor.

2/13/2023 Dr Ruffolo and team were great! He's very polite and professional. My wife and I were very comfortable with my pre op appointment.

2/10/2023 The the visit was outstanding.

2/9/2023 Dr Ruffalo is a kind and patient Dr. He thoroughly explains procedures, gives the patient time to ask questions and really makes you feel comfortable during a visit. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

2/2/2023 Great response and patience with everyone I interacted with. All questions were answered. The doctor, technicians, front desk all were outstanding. Great staff.

2/2/2023 Very efficient, non-rushed and informative. Actually, the whole process was outstanding...

2/2/2023 Just the great care.

1/30/2023 Everything was good

1/30/2023 His time and caring manner v

1/30/2023 Nursing staff was the best I’ve ever experienced! Luba for my op prep, Lisa for my pre op information, the best!

1/26/2023 Everything ran like clockwork-- check-in, nurse, x-rays, doctor, check-out. Everyone was very friendly and caring. I never felt rushed and Dr. Ruffolo took the time to have a conversation, not just tell me what to do. I understand why I read and was told how good he was.

1/26/2023 He has a way of listening to the patient that is assuring.

1/23/2023 I, did not have to wait all long time before I was called to be seen.

1/23/2023 Dr Ruffolo is top notch, a consummate pro, and I would highly recommend him for total knee replacement. Thank you for making me better!

1/23/2023 My entire visit was wonderful and I was seen quickly. My doctor was outstanding. He remembers you and is very kind as well as the whole staff. He has done wonders for my pain in my knees. I have already recommended him to many of my friends. Better than Raleigh Orthopedics all day long. Thank you wake Med and especially Dr Rufulo.??


1/16/2023 My entire visit was very calm peaceful. Very relaxing Zen Like. I really enjoy my visits to the office. Every one is very kind. Helpful, They will go out of their way to help anyone. ??

1/15/2023 Very good coordination between various related departments

1/13/2023 Every visit with Dr. Ruffolo is outstanding. Him and his staff provide the best care that I have ever experienced.

1/12/2023 SUPERB experience! Dr Ruffolo is The Man!!

1/12/2023 No complaints, everyone was friendly, informative and efficient. I have dealt with other orthopaedics practices and by far, this group is the best that I have been a patient of.

1/7/2023 Hardly any wait time, but I didn't feel rushed at all!

1/4/2023 The whole visit was very good. Everyone was highly competent and took their time with me. I felt that I was listened to and that Dr Ruffalo and staff care about my well-being.

1/2/2023 Everything

1/1/2023 The concern and explanation of my up coming surgery that Dr Ruffolo shared was very informative

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