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Joseph Lifrak, MD

4.7 out of 5 (384 Ratings)


Orthopedic Surgery / Orthopedics

About Joseph Lifrak

 Dr. Lifrak graduated cum laude with departmental honors in biology from Tulane University in New Orleans. He then earned his medical degree at the Brown University School of Medicine in Providence.

Dr. Lifrak completed a surgical internship and orthopedic residency at Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital. He then completed an orthopedic trauma fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital and a knee reconstruction/sports medicine fellowship at the Jewett Orthopedic Clinic in Winter Park, Fla.

He is a member and past president of the Rhode Island Orthopedic Society. His clinical interests are focused on sports medicine and knee reconstruction, including total knee replacements, ACL surgery and knee arthroscopy.

Dr. Lifrak is also active in the Providence College athletic programs, with specific responsibility as the team orthopedic physician for Providence Friars Ice Hockey team.


Joseph practices at the following locations:

Southcoast Physicians Group Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

300 C Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747

P: 508-973-2211

Get Directions 41.65998099999999 -70.99087600000001

Southcoast Physicians Group Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

479 Swansea Mall Drive
Swansea , MA 02777

P: 508-973-1550

Get Directions 41.7613575 -71.22010539999997

Southcoast Physicians Group Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

1076 North Main St
Providence, RI 02904

P: 508-973-2211

Get Directions 41.8503374 -71.4036901

Insurances Accepted

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 (71)

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 lifrak. Explained everything fully and very knowledgeable

  • I arrived early for my appointment. I was seen, had xrays, met with doc and discussed situation. All was completed before the actual time of my appt. it doesn’t get better than that! Thank you for making SC a well run, welcoming place. 

  • Extremely professional

  • I felt very comfortable throughout my visit. Entire staff was friendly & professional.

  • All staff was very friendly, large waiting room, Dr. Lifrak was super nice, easy to talk to, gave me all the info I needed, encouraged questions and had a gentle touch!

  • Very warm and friendly staff from the moment you enter the office. The doctor was very personable and so was the physician assistance.

  • The front office secretary greeted me as I entered - making me feel special. The assistant in the room taking information was very patient with me being that I am a blond and a senior citizen! She explained clearly how x-rays were to be taken. Dr.Lifrak was very detailed in explaining my condition and offered alternatives to surgery. The process of scheduling an appointment was quick and easy.Even though it was busy everyone was very pleasant.

  • Easy check in and check out. Thorough examination, checked all the boxes.

  • Dr Lifrak explained my issue in terms I could understand and explained the options to treat it.

  • Great service. Very pleased.

  • Staff is pleasant and welcoming.Wait is usually short.Waiting area and offices are clean.I have a lot of faith and trust in the doctor and staff.

  • Both care providers were friendly and upbeat. They made me feel relaxed and addressed my situation with enthusiasm They were professional.

  • Dr. Lifrak was very knowledgeable and helpful to my particular situation. I would definitely see him again.

  • Dr Lifrak was awesome! I would recommend him to others.

  • I was very impressed with the facility and the personnel that was in it and I was very glad that I went there.

  • I have no comment- all went well!

  • I've always had the best treatment at Southcoast.Thank you so much!

  • I was very impressed with the care I received.

  • Arrived much earlier than appointment time but responded to immediately and all service provided on a timely, efficient basis.

  • Very efficient provider.

  • The entire visit was an overall positive experience.

  • Dr. Lifrax and his staff top notch. Couldn’t get any better. Knowledge is wisdom and the others them couldn’t ask for anything else. Great job to lifrak and his team

  • Dr. Lifrak and his staff are always friendly and professional!!

  • Staff was courteousnd the X-ray tech was quick and efficient. The doctor was knowledgeable, friendly and to the point. It was probably the fastest, most efficient a doctor's appointment I've ever had.

  • Doctor was up front with was going to take place, just wasn’t to happy with spinal anesthesia

  • I’m very pleased with my first visit with Dr. Lifrak and his staff.

  • My experience from beginning to end was seamless!!! Thank you

  • It was a wonderful experience going to the office from when I checked in and I saw the doctor and his assistant and everything was wonderful. I would never even think of going anyplace else because I'm So Satisfied with Dr. Lifrak and his assistant [Name] and I was very happy that I went cuz I did have a problem and he helps me with it greatly. Thank you.

  • I appreciated how everyone in the waiting room was treated with respect and shown patience. Being a new patient, I especially appreciated feeling welcome and put at ease. It was also refreshing that the doctor was not judgmental and truly was interested in the best treatment for me as an individual.

  • Great office- physician is greatExperienced knowledgeable caringInformative

  • Excellent service, as always!

  • Dr. Lifrak and his staff are top notch. Southcoast is extremely lucky to have him.

  • Dr. Lifrak and his staff are Awesome.

  • Everything went well.

  • Friendly staff and Dr. Lifrak was polite and knowledgeable.

  • Dr. Lifrak and his nurse [Name] are very professional and extremely helpful to me as a patient.

  • care was helpful, sincere and delivered in a practical, no nonsense manner

  • Excellent practice and a wonderful provider. Staff are also helpful and friendly. Love it here.

  • Everything was handled efficiently & professionally!

  • Dr. Lifrak is the best!

  • The diagnosis was given immediately with an easy to comprehend explanation The directions for treatment were plain and simple. I was perscribed medication with the understanding if I did not see results by the time I was finished that a cortisone shot would we given next. I've been on the meds about a week and am already seeing a big improvement. Dr Lifrak is great at what he does I felt very comfortable and was impressed with how he handled my issue.I Definetly would recommend him and this office to friends and family

  • I had a wonderful experience all the girls were lovey. I just found the doctor a little condescending, but knowledgeable and appreciated in helping me.

  • I had an excellent experience in Swansea with everyone there and Dr Lifrak. AmazingI was going to have my total knee replacement in Boston but I am definitely going with him when I finally decide to do it.

  • Dr. Lifrak is detailed, knowledgeable, helpful, caring and professional.Assistant [Name] [Name] was also very kind and courteous and patient centered. Wonderful office and front desk staff.

  • Every team member was courteous and professional.

  • Dr. lifrak clarified my health problem very well.

  • Staff greeted me in a very friendly manner. Medical info up to date. Doctor Lifrak is an excellent doctor who is very friendly and knows what he is doing. I have recommended friends to him. He is a great asset to your association.

  • Excellent doctor and staff. He gave me the information I needed as well as all the options. I left there very much at ease. Dr. Lifrak explained the knee problem in such a way I could easy understand. It was a great relief.

  • Great staff, minimal to no wait time, and very friendly - will recommend to anyone looking for orthopedic care

  • All was very professional and was a great experience.

  • I had to ask another receptionist for help because I couldn't stand any longer while the receptionist was taking care of the patient in front of me, so maybe so chair by the check-in.

  • Listens attentively, answers all my questions, and I feel as though he cares about me as a person and my condition.

  • On time appt., staff were kind and courteous. Dr. LIFRAK was right on time and took the time with me during my visit.

  • I was seen in a timely fashion and he was very thorough explaining to me what I needed to do for the future.

  • Completely satisfied!

  • [Name] at the front desk was awesome. [Name] who took the x-rays was awesome. The other girl in between [Name] and [Name] was awesome. Dr. Lifrak was awesome. The whole experience was awesome. I will go there again after I have the MRI because that's going to be awesome, and have an awesome day because it was awesome. It was, I was in and out of there in 20 minutes. Everything got answered, everything got questioned, everything was discussed and, you know, rock and roll. Thank you.

  • I'd like to leave that the front desk staff was very friendly and very welcoming. I'd like to state that the medical assistant [Name] was very friendly, very welcoming and very knowledgeable and I would like to state also that the provider actually exceeded my expectations. This is the third orthopedist that I have seen and I am going to go ahead and let Dr. Lifrak do my arthroscopy.

  • Dr. Lifrak was able to come up with a treatment plan and add a light at the end of the tunnel to an extremely painful knee injury.

  • The staff is awesome!

  • Thorough exam and definitive diagnosis with good treatment and conservative recommendations

  • Dr.Lifrac was very confident and professional and helped instill some confidence in me going forward with this process. I was pretty nervous to hear the results of the MRI and the next steps to come but he really helped to put my mind at ease keep me positive.

  • [Name] Lifrak is a terrific guy and a terrific doc. His assistant, [Name] [Name] is wonderful. The entire staff is welcoming and considerate.

  • Great Team!

  • Dr. was fantastic and staff was great

  • Staff was very helpful and understanding to my problem.

  • I was late for my appointment due to traffic and felt bad. They all were so understanding and professional. I drive 45 minutes or more to see Dr. Lifrak and I would drive longer if I had to

  • I felt confident in the doctor’s ability and that he had genuine concern for and made a priority of my treatment/wellness.

  • I absolutely appreciate Dr. Lifrak and staff he’s down to earth and very knowledgeable. The girls in this office are down to earth and very impressionable. I’m very thankful for Dr. Lifrak I highly recommend him.

  • Listened to my concerns

  • Dr Lifrack is an amazing physician. Very attentive to his patient needs, caring and compassionate. Thank you

  • Everyone is very kind and professional through my visit. The office is spotless and the staff knowledgeable. Dr. Lifrac is an exceptional doctor.

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