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Joseph Lifrak, MD

4.8 out of 5 (453 Ratings)


Orthopedic Surgery / Orthopedics

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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.


Practicing at the following locations:

Southcoast Physicians Group Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

300 C Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747

P: 508-973-2211

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Southcoast Physicians Group Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

479 Swansea Mall Drive
Swansea , MA 02777

P: 508-973-2211

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

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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 (107)

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.

  • Everything was professional and well all the workers were kind and respectful love the place

  • Dr. Lifrak and the staff are all professional, realistic, and proficient. They have excellent follow thru processes in place.

  • My first visit was very informative. Dr Lifrak and the staff were wonderful !

  • Dr Liftrak explained that because of my underlying health issues, right now, I am not a good candidate for new knees. Perhaps after health improves.

  • Excellent discussion with the healthcare provider, no wait in the waiting room, kind and informative support staff.

  • Everyone was friendly, professional and prompt!

  • Dr. Lifrak is an excellent provider, great resource for this region.

  • Great office and great doctor. I just wish I had had more time for questions and discussion with him. After X-rays, I saw him for about 10-15 minutes for a serious diagnosis that has no cure. All I have is a prescription for pain. No follow up.

  • [Name] [Name] & Dr. Lifrak offer very special care in friendly, professional and expert ashion

  • Dr. Lifrac is an excellent doctor. I am very happy to have been told about him and was able to become his patient. He knows his stuff!!!

  • Dr. Lifrak was very efficient in the appointment, quick and to the point which was very much appreciated. He was also very knowledgeable in his area of expertise and empathetic to my situation.

  • Very friendly and professional staff

  • Very pleases with all aspects of this office.

  • I feel the provider already had read my previous history and entered the room with a decision made about my knee pain. I don't feel he truly understood the extreme pain I live in with this pain and injury. Gave me conflicting information from the information I received from his partner. I was told to improve my core strength and lose weight. He talked to me about the fact that I have a torn meniscus but said he wouldn't operate be cause it "might" not make a difference in the pain. I am falling because the knee is unstable and afraid I will injur myself more. No pain control offered. I was just told to lose some weight and work on core strength.

  • Excellent care! I wouldn't change anything!

  • Dr. Lifrak operated on my left knee in 2017 and when I had a problem with my right knee, I definitely wanted dr Lifrak to be my surgeon on this knee.

  • Physician was positive with the choices I was making for my care. Suggested making an appointment for my next cortisone shot so I would be ready for my summer vacation in September.

  • Excellent front staff and person taking me into exam room. Dr Lifrak is always professional while being warm and confident in how he is caring for you. Excellent job by all.

  • Dr Lifrak is great! I have seen him for 2 different orthopedic issues. He is very good , knowledgeable and helped me both times. I highly recommend him. His staff is great also!! Great office! Keep up the great work!

  • Everything went well.

  • Very nice office and doctorRight on time with my appointment...

  • The physician was a very good listener and answered my questions. The receptionist seemed anxious and did not want to deal with my co pay. She said they would just bill me.

  • Excellent Dr and staff

  • I couldn't ask for a better orthopedic surgeon or a better team then he works with. I received the best care, the best follow up and everyone was professional, caring and helpful in every way possible. I would not change anything about the recent care I received from this dr or any of his staff in the office or in the hospital.

  • Excellent service from ALL staff. EVERYONE in the office was super-friendly, helpful, informative and competent.

  • Very friendly and always listens to your needs. The whole staff goes above and beyond.

  • I respect honesty and plain talk and I got it. Obviously very professional and competent .

  • Worked with me on times I need for appointments, explained everything very well,also very helpful and accommodating.

  • We were very pleased in the efficiency and speed of the staff in attending to us in a timely manner. We were leaving after our procedures were done just as expected according to our appointments - no delay -so we did not have to suffer through the traffic jams!

  • They were all very helpful

  • I am extremely confident in my care with Dr. Lifrak and his assistant [Name] [Name] They are an amazing team that always make me feel welcome and comfortable.

  • This was my first appt. and I was very satisfied.

  • I had a great experience. Everyone was very nice and they answered all of my questions. Everyone here was very knowledgeable and courteous.

  • Was given an appointment soon and staff as well as doctor were professional and very concerned

  • I like Dr. Lifrak very much. He's very personable.

  • Dr and staff were professional.

  • On time, attentive, listen, friendly, informed and concerned. Need I say more!!!

  • The doctor and staff is very knowledgeable and comfortable to work with

  • I felt the doctor that I saw, Dr. Lifrak was very good. I liked him a lot. First time I had been to see him and I would highly recommend him, explain procedures and what would be done with me and what he'd recommend

  • Dr Lifrak is the most professional, informative and best Dr I've ever dealt with, highly recommend. Very thankful for his expertise.

  • I was fine by all.

  • Dr lifrak is great and so was the staff

  • Nothing could improve my expectations the staff are amazing

  • More appointments available. I had to wait 4 weeks to get an appointment.

  • timely, staff was friendly and professional, doctor was attentive and personable, explained things clearly

  • Dr lifrak explained about the delay in doing elective surgery while disappointing his explanation was welcomed.

  • Dr. Lifrak was great. Well informed, not ready to "rush" into any major treatment (surgery) until all other options are explored. Great bedside manner, super knowledgeable

  • Great doctor & staff

  • Very caring staff, pleasant and caring doctor

  • A good experience- excellent doctor, friendly courts d helpful staff!

  • everything was talk to me. where I could understand everything that was going to happen to me.

  • All went well.

  • Dr Lifrak is an amazing guy. He cares about his patients and always has the correct answer.Dr Chihalas however is the worst doctor I have ever been to in my life. It surprises me that Southcoast continues to employ a doctor that is so openly discriminatory against overweight patients, seeing that you have an in house weight loss clinic.

  • Very good provider

  • Very pleasant, makes me feel comfortable, very professional

  • Dr. Lifrak is the best orthopedic doctor that I've ever had!

  • This was the first time at this office. I was very impressed with the service and care I got. Thanks [Name]

  • Nothing has to be changed everyone did their job.

  • It was a wonderful experience everyone was very nice in the office from the girls at the front desk the x-ray tech and the doctor was very pleasant

  • Everyone in this office is so polite and helpful. I was very impressed with everyone there.

  • This was my first visit with Fr. Lifrak. I was very satisfied with the treatment I received. He was very knowledgeable of my condition, very personable, and was able to explain the treatment plan going forward in a manner that was easy to understand.

  • Appointment felt rushed; provider was direct which was good but could have listened more to the situation and showed a bit more empathy

  • The appointment went very well. I left the office feeling much better than I did when I enter the office.

  • Waited too long for an appointment to see this doctor. I was in pain and I didn't get to see him for six weeks.

  • Everything was fine

  • The staff is very friendly. The Dr. was very informative and answered all my questions.

  • Reception staff were extremely kind and patient. Very helpful. Dr.Lifrak spoke to my daughter and explained her injury to her and made sure she understood the information. He listened to her concerns and answered her questions. He is a wonderful compassionate provider.

  • Quite simply, a caring and compassionate staff with the utmost level of professionalism.

  • Dr Lifrak always listens to my concerns, answers my questions and treats me with respect. Awesome doc!!

  • Staff was pleasant and professional. Answered questions appropriately. Good visit.

  • Staff checking you in and out friendly and professional. X ray tech very friendly the way it should be. Treaded me the way it should be. Doctor and his staff top notch in the that they know what they are doing and treat you the way you are suppose to be treated.

  • Love it! My orthopedic doctor is awesome

  • Needed an appt.asap. though it was probably out of your control

  • The entire staff was very professional and courteous and provided a comfortable experience for me. -

  • Nothing to change my experience was both professional and personal I felt very comfortable and enjoyed my visit very much.

  • The staff were kind and courteous. The doctor was very thorough with his explanations of my problems and the possible treatments.

  • Everyone in this office is very polite and helpful and caring !

  • Explained things well. Showed interest me and what I needed to get back to my life style

  • Prepared and listened

  • This was my second appt with this practice and both times were awesome. Most efficient office I've ever been to. My son was seen on time both times and everyone was incredibly helpful!

  • Knowledgeable, professional & caring

  • Always accommodating and caring.


  • I was treated respectfully, professionally, and courteously. I feel very comfortable and look forwarded to all the necessary follow up.

  • Everything was doe well for me

  • Dr. Lifrak office, and staff is very helpful. Very nice. I would recommend them to anybody.

  • I am completely satisfied with the care and attention that I receive from my doctor and the staff at this facility.

  • My encounter with Dr. Lifrak was excellent.

  • Suggested alternate methods to knee surgery

  • I was highly impressed with this facility and the staff. Everyone was courteous, welcoming and very knowledgeable. I was seen immediately and met with a smile. I wouldn't change anything about my experience. Well done

  • I love that. You have the same stuff that you've had for a long time and they know me. They're wonderful professional. I feel like I'm home.

  • Dr Lifrak and staff were pleasant and informative. Keep up the good work

  • It is always great service.

  • He genuinely seemed interested in my health and best solution for my knee problems and listened to my concerns and was nice and kind and asked me several times if I had any questions. The next appointment I will make a list of questions because you can never remember all the things you want to ask.

  • Dr. Lifrak was superb in every way. Very knowledgeable and efficient!

  • Care about your patients. listen to them .feel like you care.Feel like you're important that you matter .that you want to know what's going on with them.

  • Everything was done to my expectations

  • Doctor was great

  • Love the Doctor he explains good for me to understand recommend

  • Efficient professional yet personal.

  • This office is efficient friendly. They've known me for years, and I they treat me, like I'm one of the family.

  • Dr. Lifrak and his medical assistant [Name] are an incredible team. I feel extremely confident and comfortable receiving care for a chronic condition with Dr. Lifrak.

  • I was very impressed with this provider.

  • Everything went well….. thanks for your professional and caring concern.

  • Totally professional treatment.

  • DR.LIFRAC IS A+++++++

  • Would have liked to get an appointment sooner. Doctor was knowledgeable, courteous, direct and to the point. Made me feel confident in his diagnosis, and relieved that he could help me.

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