Arlene E. Ricardo

Dr. Arlene Ricardo was born and raised in New York. The second of four daughters, her parents instilled the values of hard work and family. In 1977, her mother died of breast cancer. This event helped to inspire her to help and treat women with breast cancer and their families. She has seen great advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer over the past several decades.

Dr. Ricardo is knowledgeable in the most modern diagnostic tests and is trained in the most up-to-date treatment and breast surgery procedures available for breast cancer patients.

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Ricardo is highly involved in providing outstanding cancer services at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. She is chairperson of the Cancer Committee since 2008. She also serves on the Medical Executive Committee representing cancer services. She is an advocate for all patients with a cancer diagnosis.

Dr. Arlene Ricardo currently makes her home with her husband in Missouri City, Texas. She enjoys travel, reading, and cooking.

Specialty Breast Disease/Cancer
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology
Areas of Expertise
  • Breast Disease/Cancer
Offices Memorial Hermann Southwest Clinic
Gender Female
  • English
  • Spanish


  • Breast Disease/Cancer
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Medical Education

Fellowship Surgical Endoscopy and Laparoscopy

The University of Texas – Houston Medical School

General Surgery ResidencyJuly 1996 – June 1999

The University of Texas – Houston Medical School

Internship, Department of Surgery

The University of Texas – Houston Medical School

Doctor of MedicineMagna Cum Laude

State University of New York at Buffalo

Bachelor of Science, Medical TechnologyCum Laude

State University of New York at Albany

Southwest Surgical Associates

Hospital Affiliations

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
Memorial Hermann Southwest Surgery Center
Altus Houston Hospital
Methodist Sugar Land
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
MH Southwest Surgery Center

Doctor Ricardo, If right now I am here just because of you, You saved my life and gave me hope, I came to you after one I can't even call Doctor destroyed me with her opinion, then I found you, I love you for what you did for me and after first visiting you I was strong enough to say I will not die because I will beat this with your help, This 5 star is nothing for you I wish I could able to bring you all-star in the sky!



Most Compassionate Doctor, 2011
ABI Woman of the Year in Medicine & Healthcare, 2010
H Texas Magazine, Top Doctors for Women, July 2007
H Texas Magazine, Top Doctors for Women, April 2005
Honored Member, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, Edition 2002-3
LifetimeTV series “WOMEN DOCS” Episode 2, Houston, TX 2001
Magna Cum Laude Graduate, SUNY- Buffalo, 1993
Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, 1992
John Paroski Memorial Award, 1992
Cum Laude Graduate, SUNY- Albany, 1985
Lion’s Club Scholarship Award, 1981

Professional Organizations

American Board of Surgery, 2000-present
American Society of Breast Surgeons, 2000- present
Honored Member, Strathmores’s Who’s Who, lifetime member

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 1992- present
Harris County Medical Society, 1993- present
Texas Medical Association, 1993- present
American College of Surgeons, 1997-present


General Surgeon, Southwest Surgical Associates, LLP, October 2014-Present
General Surgeon, Surgical Diseases of the Breast, July 1999-September 2014