PCA Medical Group

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

Chairman, PCA and VVMSO

The Stoichiometry of Care

"Assuming the best possible clinical outcome is the desired endpoint, then optimum care is approached when we have defined when and how much of a given intervention needs to be administered, with what frequency, and in which specific setting for which specific patient at the lowest possible cost."
J.M. Ruggio

Dr. Ruggio earned his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, New York where he graduated AOA. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease also at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His post fellowship in interventional cardiology training continued at several distinguished institutions in the U.S.

Dr. Ruggio is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology.

Dr, Ruggio is the Founder and President of Pacific Cardiovascular Associates Medical Group, Inc. (PCA) and serves as President and Chief Medical Officer of Via Vitae MSO, LLC, a Southern California medical services organization which is a partnership with Optum Specialty Practices. Dr. Ruggio serves on various national committees for quality initiatives, value-based care and healthcare reform.

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

  • Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions
  • The American College of Cardiology (California chapter)- Chairman of Quality Initiatives Committee
  • Monarch HealthCare- Board of Directors
  • Optum Care Cardiovascular Best Practices Committee

In addition to the above distinctions

He has served as Director of Invasive/Interventional Cardiology for several well-known Southern California Hospitals.

Dr. Ruggio has received numerous distinctions and accolades from both academic institutions and managed care organizations. As testimony to the high regard he is held by his colleagues, he was voted Cardiologist of the Year by the American College of Cardiology in 2007 and Provider of the Year by CalOptima in 2016. Dr. Ruggio has co-authored many articles appertaining to cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology, and cardiovascular health care delivery in a managed care setting. He is considered an expert on incentive alignment and care delivery network design and implementation delivering true value for all stakeholders. He is passionate about clinical medicine, particularly Interventional Cardiology and is a staunch patient advocate.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Guam Memorial
  • HOAG Hospital Memorial Presbyterian (Irvine and Newport Beach Campuses)
  • Saddleback Memorial Medical Center

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