Joe Rivera
General Hospital
Portrayed by Jeffrey Vincent Parise
First appearance July 20, 2016
Last appearance September 21, 2016
Cause/reason Went to Puerto Rico with Teddy
Created by Jean Passanante
Shelly Altman
Introduced by Frank Valentini
Birth name José Rivera[1]
Ethnicity Puerto Rican
Gender Male
Born March 22, 1972[2]
Puerto Rico
Age 48
Occupation Pediatric Surgeon
Title Doctor
Residence Puerto Rico

Dr. Joseph "Joe" Rivera, M.D. is a fictional character from the ABC daytime drama General Hospital. He is the identical twin of the late mob hitman, Carlos Rivera.

He was portrayed by actor Jeffrey Vincent Parise from the character's debut on July 20, 2016 until September 21, 2016.


On July 15, 2016, it was reported that fan favorite actor, Jeffrey Vincent Parise would return to General Hospital in a brand new role. [7][8] The identity of Parise's new character was unknown until he made his debut.[9]

Parise returned on July 20 as Dr. Joseph Rivera, the estranged twin brother of Carlos/pediatric surgeon, and left on September 21, 2016.


Dr. Joseph Rivera is the identical twin brother of mobster, Carlos Rivera. He briefly dated Sabrina Santiago before Carlos and Sabrina became involved. Joe and Carlos became estranged when Joe made the decision to leave Puerto Rico for the mainland to attend medical school. Carlos felt abandoned by Joe's decision.

Carlos and Joe were not able to reconcile before Carlos' death and Joe feels guilt for not being there for his brother and helping him down a better life path.


Joe arrives in Port Charles in search of Sabrina and his nephew, Teddy Rivera. He finds Sabrina at the Quartermaine mansion and they share a brief reunion before Michael Quartermaine arrives and mistakes Joe for Carlos. Sabrina quickly diffuses the situation by explaining that Joe is Carlos' twin brother.

Joe explains that he came to town to find Sabrina and Teddy after hearing of Carlos' death. He expresses great remorse at his estrangement from Carlos and wishes he could have done more for his brother. Joe promises to be there for Sabrina and Teddy and help them out in anyway that he can in order to make up for not being there for Carlos.

Health and Vitals


  1. Joe said he changed it to Joseph when he moved to the states.
  2. According to Carlos's driver's license featured in the September 30, 2015 episode. Joe is Carlos identical twin brother.
  3. Stated on 01-28-16. His status is unknown.
  4. According to Soap Opera Digest, Jeffrey Vincent Parise will be returning as Carlos' identical twin brother, Joe.
  5. Stated on 04-20-16. Their statuses are unknown.
  6. Michael handed over guardianship of Teddy to Joe on Sept 21, 2016.
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