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Dennis LaRock, MD

Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Officer

4.9 out of 5 (419 Ratings)



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About Dennis LaRock

Dr. Dennis LaRock is the Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Officer at Southcoast Health, effective March 1, 2024. This role is the senior-most physician leader for the Southcoast Health responsible for ensuring the highest levels of quality clinical care throughout the system.

He has over 25 years of clinical experience at Southcoast Health and extensive experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. LaRock was the first surgeon to perform robotic surgery at Southcoast Health in 2008. Robotic surgery is now the standard of care for many surgical procedures across a number of surgical specialties. Throughout his career, he has introduced a number of new urological procedures in the Greater Fall River area in addition to robotic surgery, including prostate brachytherapy, and has conducted research on cryosurgical ablation for prostate cancer.

Dr. LaRock was named Physician-in-Chief of Surgical Services in 2022, and he will remain in this role for the immediate future as he assesses the new Physician-in-Chief structure that will report to him.

As the Physician-in-Chief of Surgical Services, Dr. LaRock oversees the surgical departments of Urology, Thoracic Surgery, Plastics, Orthopedics, General Surgery, Trauma, ENT, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Brain & Spine Center. He will retain these responsibilities in addition to his roles as the Co-Chief of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Southcoast Health.

Dr. LaRock first became a member of the Southcoast Hospitals Group (SHG) Medical Staff in 1998 and his private practice joined Southcoast Physician Group (SPG) in 2012.

He completed his undergraduate and medical school studies at Boston University and completed his surgical residency in Urology at Tufts New England Medical Center. Later, he became an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine where he has received several “Excellence in Teaching” awards.

Dr. LaRock is board certified in adult and pediatric urology and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology. He is a member of the American Urological Association and the Massachusetts Association of Practicing Urologists. He currently sees patients at the Southcoast Health outpatient offices in Fairhaven and Fall River, performing surgical cases in our SHG facilities. 


Practicing at the following locations:

  1. Southcoast Physicians Group Urology

    208 Mill Road 2nd Floor
    Fairhaven, MA 02719

    P: 508-678-0004

    Get Directions 41.6545118 -70.88430519999997
  2. Southcoast Physicians Group Urology

    1601 South Main Street
    Fall River, MA 02720

    P: 508-678-0004

    Get Directions 41.7220017 -71.1451386

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Southcoast accepts most major insurance plans. Call the Southcoast patient registration department at 844-297-2952 or your health plan with any questions regarding coverage.

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Patient Comments (103)

At Southcoast Health, we strive to deliver exceptional patient care along with an exceptional patient experience. We appreciate all of your feedback and share your comments to recognize the wonderful care our teams provide to you as well as identify areas for improvement.

  • Dr LaRoc is a very fine physician and surgeon.

  • My appointment was on time. The staff was helpful and considerate. Dr LaRock kept me informed and explained the process as it occurred. I left knowing the results of the procedure. It was as positive an experience as possible.

  • No improvement required

  • Great coverage of all my concerns

  • Everything went well, and was done professionally. Visit was on time.

  • Dr. LaRock is a knowledgeable, empathetic and caring professional. He provides excellent care

  • I felt very good about my first visit and the treatment plan

  • Always a pleasure to see Dr LaRock. He is the best!

  • Always the best Keep up the great work God Bless you all

  • I felt very comfortable with Dr. Larock. He reviewed my case and we arrived at a mutual plan going forward. I'm very pleased with my relationship with him. Thank you. Goodbye.

  • Everything was greatDr larock is awesome!!!!!

  • Great experience all around as usual with this dr and office!

  • Diagnosed my cancer, successful surgery and continued monitoring.

  • All excellent !

  • All was great

  • Professional, courteous, reliable and effective service provided by Dr Larock and his care team.

  • Doctor Larock is a rock star

  • Dr La Rock is an excellent dr. Would recommend him to any one who asks for a Dr. Nice to have a Dr to take care of you and treat you as person , not a number or a piece of meat

  • You could learn how to pronounce his name in the phone survey. It's very annoying to be asked about my experience with a doctor whose name you cannot properly electronically pronounce.

  • Dr. LaRock always provides me the best care and takes time to listen to my concerns. I am extremely grateful to have such a wonderful doctor.

  • I have great confidence in Dr. LaRock.

  • You did well - no problem

  • Treated me with respect and in a professional manner.

  • There is nothing you can do to improve here. If I wasn't satisfied, I wouldn't be here.

  • all was good as was.........

  • Dr. LaRock is the kindest, most compassionate doctor that I have ever had. You are lucky to have him on board.

  • Timely, friendly, Dr. Larock listens and explains.

  • Staff is friendly, and it is easy to ask questions of the medical staff. As a patient it is important to feel validatedwhen there are concerns or questions.

  • Friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and attentive staff and doctor.

  • The doctor and his staff shows genuine concern for my health and care. Best doctor I have ever had.

  • Dr. LaRock was informed, clear with a good bedside manner and aware of all the team's contributions to successfully dealing with my prostate cancer.

  • No improvements needed. Physican and staff extremely professional, knowledgeable, kind, attentative and friendly.

  • This provider is very professional and listens and provides input

  • Have been seeing Dr.LaRock for many years, always treated well

  • I am very pleased with Dr. LaRock and the clinic as a whole.

  • Southcoast Health and every physician I have had experience with are always professional,respectful,and ready to listen to any health concerns that I may have. Thank you for a first class health care experience.

  • Nothing more to add, always an informative and professional office visit.

  • Provide appointment for future care by this provider

  • Dr LaRock helped me through a very difficult period. I ultimately had a TURP procedure. Now I am as good as new.

  • Don't change a thing!

  • Doctor is:Caring and receptive to my concerns. Knows and respects my preferences. Professional and skillful in procedures. Appointment was on time and efficient.

  • Dr LaRock is a great man. I think you're asking an awful lot of him.

  • I was always treated with patience and respect.

  • excellent service !!

  • Real Professional operation, top to bottom....

  • It's one of the finest doctors in all that I've ever been to in my life. We're talking about Dr. Larock and the office help, they just can't do enough for you. It's a wonderful place, and I've had Cancer and it wasn't a pleasant thing but he made it as pleasant as he possibly could. Thank you.

  • The one on one interaction with staff is outstanding

  • Dr. LaRock is an absolutely outstanding physician! His knowledge and compassion is second to none. He takes the time to explain everything in basic terms, so that I understand them. His bedside manner is also amazing! Quite honestly, I would follow him whenever he goes.

  • Dr Larock is the best. He has an outstanding reputation and he lives up to it in every way. I was very pleased with the care I received at my appointment and I will continue to have him as my urologist as long as I can.

  • Dr. La Rock is a great person and provider.He listens to my concerns and answers in a professional and caring way. I'm blessed to have him as my Doctor.

  • Dr Larock listened to the issue and may have found a way to resolve it

  • Very quick and easy in every way, everyone was very nice and respectful.

  • Timely, professional, caring and informative.

  • Dr. La Rock is a Urological "La Rock Star!!" He is gracious, knowledgeable, empathetic, and very relatable. I consider myself enormously fortunate to have him as a physician and surgeon. Southcoast is lucky to have him.

  • Everyone and everything was fine

  • Scheduled surgery very quickly very much appreciated.

  • Dr LaRock is one of the most likable people I have ever dealt with.

  • Dr. LaRock is a gentleman and a true professional

  • The nurses were very nice, the people that checked me in and checked me out were very kind and efficient

  • Doctor LaRock is extremely competent, knowledgeable--and at the same time warm and personable. Honestly, he is one of the finest doctors I have met. I just turned 80.

  • Front desk was efficient and professional - attending nurse was friendly and knowledgeable going over my concerns and medications. Dr LaRock was thorough in his exam and explanation of where my present condition is now and going forward - also at checkout attentive what works best for future scheduling - also ease of scheduling lab work for visit prior to appointment today

  • No problems at all. Everything went well.

  • Dr LaRock is easy to talk to and ready to listen.

  • The doctor is always excellent!!Excellent communication skills.

  • easy appointment change due to illness

  • everything went well - the doctor and staff were very helpful.

  • All staff very helpful. Dr LaRock is a very knowledgeable , kind and positive professional.

  • Took the time to talk about the needs for my health!

  • Dr. Larock is among the best that Southcoast Health has to offer,

  • Dr. La Rock is very knowledgable in his field and in general medicine. Gives me comfort in trusting my medical needs to him and his judgement.

  • The girls were so good no matter what they asked of what they asked me to do! It was so quick and easy!

  • All good, Dr. LaRock is the best!

  • On time, explained everything before and after tretment, all went well.

  • More available days for appointment, would be great other than that, everything is is fine. Thank you.

  • Dr LaRock is a wonderful Doctor

  • Dr. Larock and staff are all professional, timely and informed. I have recommended a friend to them.

  • Dr La Rock and staff continue to provide with me premier patient service.

  • Dr. Larock is as on target as on target can be. With absolutely no hesitation I praise him for being the best!

  • role model of professionalism

  • Everything was great, no need for improvement

  • Dennis is always smiling, on time and explains things in easy to understandable terms. I recommend to him to all my friends, male AND female. Go see him ,he may save your life. HE SAVED MINE!

  • He's a very good doctor, takes very good care of his patient. Cares about him explains everything. Best doctor around.

  • I have continued to enjoy and appreciate the excellent care I have received from both Dr. LaRock and [Name]. [Name] Really on their game. Straight forward, thorough and compassionate. Know how to communicate. I'm in healthcare and I know the demands providers have to contend with in regard to patient volume and payors. Makes this this all the more impressive. Thank you.

  • I feel Dr. LaRock always has the best interests in his patience. Is always ready to listen that is why I listen to his recommendations.

  • Great staff, wonderful Doc!

  • Professional and knowledgeable

  • Dr. LaRock is a great physician and a trusted friend

  • Dr. LaRock is awesome!

  • Always on time for everything

  • I was seen in a timely manner. Everything was explained thoroughly. And privacy was provided

  • The office is very well kept and clean. The staff is polite and professional. Checking in is efficient. The wait from the time to checking in to your entrance into the waiting room is short. The nurse who interviewed me initially prior to seeing Dr. LaRock was interested in my answers and listened well. Dr. LaRock was very engaging and asked many questions about what I was concerned about. I never felt rushed. I can always count on being well taken care of when visiting this office.

  • There is nothing you can do to provide even better care. You are tops in all aspects.

  • Dr. LaRock is one of the many excellent providers I have!

  • Right on time. There was no wait time. Was seen in a timely manner and the procedure was done very professional.

  • Dr. LaRock is the best. He is always knowledgeable and personable.

  • This office is excellent everyone does there job and knows what they are doing

  • Everyone in this office is friendly and helpful.

  • I feel very confident that Dr Larock provides the best care possible when dealing with my personal medical issues. He is very attentive and is very clear and articulate when describing a medical condition and the suggested procedures which he has recommended.

  • There seemed to be some confusion among 2 of the staff members at the front desk about what, if any, copay that I owed, and specifically how payments through MyChart worked, especially as regards to payment plans. More familiarity with these topics would be very helpful.

  • Staff is always professional and courteous, Provider is very receptive to my needs and my medical history, not rushed and explains everything

  • The spent time explaining what the surgery entails and what to expect post-operatively. He was informative, answered all my questions, very nice and compassionate. I would recommend DrLarock to anyone who needs a urologist.

  • Dr. LaRock is extremely bright, caring and knowledgeable in his profession. He has a great bedside manner with his patients. I recommend him highly to family and friends. He is the BEST!

  • As always, professional, competent organization.

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Southcoast is dedicated to providing patients and consumers with helpful information about the quality of our patients’ experiences. Star ratings published on our physician biography pages are based on actual responses from patients of that particular physician to patient satisfaction surveys that are distributed and processed by a national patient satisfaction survey vendor.

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Our vendor sends surveys via SMS or email to all patients seen in our outpatient physician practices who have a valid smart phone number or email address on file with Southcoast Health. Surveys are sent to patients within a few days of their appointment.

How is the Patient Satisfaction Star Rating Calculated?
Star ratings are calculated using an average of all survey responses to each of three questions: Courtesy and Respect of Staff, Provider Overall Rating, and  Willingness to Recommend Provider’s Office.  The star rating displayed on our physicians’ main biography page represents the average of the three measures for that particular physician.