Pacific Cardiovascular Associates Medical Group

Cardiologists serving all of Orange County

(877)430-7337

Joseph M. Ruggio, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.

Laguna Hills
24022 Calle de la Plata

Suite 500
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (877) 430-7337
Fax: (949) 837-8154

Costa Mesa Clinic
3070 Bristol Street

Suite 190
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (877) 430-7337
Fax: (714) 352-6563

Dr. Ruggio is the Founder and President of Pacific Cardiovascular Associates Medical Group. 

Dr. Ruggio completed medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York where he graduated AOA. He continued on with internship and residency as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Ruggio continued with his additional training at a number of outstanding institutions in the United States, focusing on interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine. Dr. Ruggio is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Ruggio serves on national committees for healthcare reform, participates on scientific advisory panels and is a board member for several organizations that include:

  • Chairman of the Quality Initiatives Committee for California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology
  • Member, Medtronic Business Council of Advisors
  • Member, Proteus Scientific Advisory Board
  • Member, Prescient Medical, Inc. Scientific Advisory Board
  • Member, Heart Leaflet Technologies, Medical Advisory Board
  • Member, Board of Directors, Spectranetics Corporation
  • Member, Board of Directors, Monarch HealthCare


In addition he has served as Director of Invasive/Interventional Cardiology for Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center and South Coast Medical Center.

Having successfully managed over 2.5 million lives over the past 33 years, PCA continues to innovate in the area of cardiovascular guidelines, outcome assessments, best practices and information systems. Dr. Ruggio has developed mathematical models, which permit accurate prediction of resource consumption and allocation, which optimize quality and cost of care. His optimization paradigms have been successfully implemented in full risk capitation contracts for large populations of commercial and senior patients including high-risk patients. The delivery system ensures high quality evidence based practice is provided in a cost effective manner.

He is evangelical about evidence based practice medicine and continues to be regarded as a high volume highly respected interventional cardiologist that is committed to the training and education of fellow cardiologists.

Dr. Ruggio has received numerous distinctions and accolades from both academic and managed care communities. He has co-authored many articles appertaining to cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology, and cardiovascular health care delivery in a managed care setting. He serves as an editor or advisory consultant for several clinical journals, and for various professional societies.

His academic appointment is as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California at Irvine.