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Joseph Lifrak, MD

4.9 out of 5 (461 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:

  1. Southcoast Physicians Group Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

    300 C Faunce Corner Road
    Dartmouth, MA 02747

    P: 508-973-2211

    Get Directions 41.65998099999999 -70.99087600000001
  2. Southcoast Physicians Group Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

    479 Swansea Mall Drive
    Swansea , MA 02777

    P: 508-973-2211

    Get Directions 41.7613575 -71.22010539999997
  3. 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 (129)

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 Joseph Lifrak was very professional and very kind I would recommend his services to anyone that needs his help.!!!!!

  • I had a great experience…everyone involved was properly professional, yet friendly and comforting.

  • The front desk and Medical Assistant was very friendly, professional and efficient.Dr Lifrak was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. Explained my situation clearly and recommended a plan we both agreed on. He is an Excellent communicator and Doctor! Great visit !!

  • Great nurses…great Dr… great experience… all were very personable and helpful… thank you

  • Dr was excellent he gave me common sense approach for my issue . I am thankful I saw him for a second opinion a slower treatment plan seems right for me in every way

  • Reception was very busy upon arrival, but they checked everyone in in a timely manner. Dr. Lifrak was very personable and very informative. He suggested a few things to improve my health and told me He would be there if I needed him. Thats a great feeling. He was great and so was his medical assistant! A great overall experience

  • my experience was amazing. The doctor is very professional. I trust him and I would recommend him to anybody. The staff was very pleasant. Welcome you I felt very comfortable there.

  • Everyone in Dr. Lifrak's office is very kind, helpful, and courteous.

  • I was called right away by an MA and after an xray, the provider saw me within 5 minutes. I was referred to this provider and I also referred a friend.

  • pure professionalism with courtesy and respect

  • The doctor was very courteous and he had a lot of information and he was willing to give you the time of day and it was very nurturing and I thought he was an excellent professional and I would ... would ca ... say that he is right up there in the top of doctors and I think maybe the only problem I did have is getting people to get into him on time. But I know he's, you know, booked heavily so ... and it ... and it really was because the person in front of me had a problem and she took a long, long time.

  • Dr Lifrak is fantastic.

  • The doctor always listens to me and talks to me in a kind and understanding way. He always makes me feel comfortable.

  • The wait was short.The staff was friendly and professional, The medical care is excellent.

  • Friendly kind good explanation of procedure. Seemed to really want to be helpful in a productive manner.

  • From the minute I checked in until the time I left my appointment the staff was attentive to my needs and my questions. I was very much at ease with them.

  • 1st visit with this provider, professional and explains things at a level I can understand.

  • [Name] [Name] and Dr. Lifrak..... Are the best. They listen to all your needs always smiling.... It's a wonderful feeling to trust and know you are getting the best care you need!

  • Nothing everything goes smoothly.

  • Explained everything to me in the procedure.

  • Very happy with the progress thank you

  • I was excellently treated by all staff in this office! Dr. Lifrak's treatment was wonderful! I consider him my new orthopedic knee physician!!! Today I am walking around with no pain in my right knee!!! That hasn't happened in many, many years with that knee!!!

  • Don't have anything to say,GOOD reception,nice doctor

  • Forever grateful to Dr Lifrak for care provided to me Great Doctor!!

  • Dr. Lifrak provided me with more information in 20 minutes than I have received in the last year from Dr. [Name] office and I am grateful

  • The visit was great from start to finish. Everyone was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable!

  • Very happy with my first visit with Dr. Lifrack

  • It is always a pleasure to go to this office.Girls at the desk are always very pleasant

  • Dr Lifrak and his staff are excellent!

  • Dr. Lifrak always listens and includes the patient in the plan of care and treatment. [Name] [Name] MA is a pleasure too. They are both all about the patient. They are MORE THAN MEDICINE.

  • Staff was nice and the Doctor was interested if getting me back to my best health.

  • Everything was fine as is.

  • Explaining the procedure, taken care of x-rays and things in a professional way and provided informational procedures, needed and all of my options

  • The doctor explained everything and put my feelings first above everything so he never said this is what you should do but he let me know what could make my life better so thank you the doctor

  • Dr Lifrak was excellent

  • Give me my shots well.

  • The visit felt a bit rushed.

  • Professional staff and Doctor, concise explanation of my condition. Realistic and achievable path forward.Could not be happier with my visit.

  • Knowledgeable, friendly, good bedside manner, fast & effective, improvement needed in preparing for patient's visit such as testing reports, lab reports and reason for visit. More time devoted to reading a report prior to the patient arriving, being ready to go on be they are there is more efficient. Overall, good experience and would recommend.

  • Dr. Lifrack listened carefully to me and explained clearly what my issues are. I felt heard and clearly directed. Would highly recommend him.

  • Office staff is attentive, courteous and friendly. Medical assistants were very knowledgeable and professional. Dr. Lifrak comes highly recommended by physicians and patients and could not be more personable, professional or knowledgeable. The Greater Fall River community and its aging population, especially, are fortunate to have this wonderful group available to us.


  • I was taken on time the dr explained everything to me

  • My experience was friendly but professional! All of my concerns were addressed.Would recommend Dr. Lifrak to anyone thinking about knee replacement.

  • doctor explained every thing very well and staff was excitant

  • Appointment with the doctor was very informative. He explained everything very thoroughly. He was one of the best I've had.

  • Everything was perfect in a professional timely manner

  • Doctor Lifrak answered all of my questions. He was understanding and optimistic. The Xray tech could have slowed down a bit as she was leading me to xray room and back to exam room. I could not keep up with her and obviously my leg was hurting. She did stop and wait for me so I wouldn't get lost.

  • Everything done well from greeting to consultation to testing and execution of treatment. Dr Lifrak gave me an absolutely painless intrarticular knee injection and I am now so comfortable walking and sleeping soundly without any additional meds. Thank you Dr Lifrak and staff!

  • Dr. Lifrak was very informative. He listened to me very well and told me what my My illness are that, I had no idea where so he was very informative in that way and he's sending me for further tests that I need to have done so we can see where we're going. Thank you.

  • I really liked and appreciated the Dr I seen today. When he seen me he already was aware of my history ans this was mu very first time meeting this Dr. I respect his honesty and that he is not willing to do anything that could put me in danger due to my weight and bad habit of smoking. He was willing to try to see if a cortisone shot would help with my pain. Thank you to the Dr for amazing bed side manner and treating me with respect and still willing to help ease some of my pain hoping this shot will ease some of the horrible pain I deal with everyday. Im Hopeful so I can get around better so I can get this weight off. So thank you to everyone at the Swansea office today all of you were very nice and kind. The way you treat people truly matters so I thank all of you for making my experience easy and quick. I will definitely let others know. Thanks so much Sincerely [Name] [Name]

  • Very satisfied with my experience. Not much to improve on.

  • No improvements needed at this time!

  • This was my first visit with Dr Lifrak. I felt he was very knowledgeable regarding my knee problem. He was very personable. He took the time to explain what was going on with my knee. I would definitely recommend him!

  • Office is very efficient. Dr. explained things that I could understand.

  • Excellent doctor, who listens to you, talks to you like a regular human being. Medical assistant, was nice. Front desk needs more help only one person during check in that makes it a little rough especially if you have 5 or 6 people in line waiting to check in. I would recommend this doctor and office to friends and family and I will go back if needed.

  • Very satisfied with the knowledge and professionalism of Dr. Lifrak. He was very informative and listened to me with regards to my medical issue.

  • Dr Lifrak was clear and upfront. He was to the point and warned me to keep moving. I'm hoping PT and strength training will help

  • No improvement is needed, this is a well-run office, and the staff and doctors are outstanding.

  • The staff was extremely courteous and Dr LIFRAK was excellent. He listened to everything that I had to say and he came up with a game plan and instituted a game plan. I couldn't ask for better.

  • Everyone in this office was polite, interested, concerned, professional and friendly Keep up the good work

  • Timely, friendly and efficient!

  • The staff is always pleasant, and for the most part, I have never had to wait too long. Dr. Lifrak is attentive, sociable, and very professional in his sugar coating,, which I like.

  • I was seen as soon as I arrived.Receptionist was pleasant.Nurse completed taking info, quickly and efficiently.X-ray tech was professional and informative.Dr. Lifrak listened and answered my questions in a way I could understand. He made me feel good about my progress.

  • I was treated very well with respect by staff and by the doctor and I would recommend this doctor and staff to anyone who would need the procedure done that I had done excellent work.

  • The staff was very courteous, helpful and knowledgeable. Dr. Lifrak was great! He listened to all our questions & concerns and provided us with a sense that we found the right place to receive excellent health care.

  • The experience was one of professionalism and understanding. I would recommend this office to others thus far. I am comfortable at this time.

  • Dr Lifrak and staff were great !!

  • Great experience. I have no ideas of how it could be better

  • I was early for my appointment but the staff got me in to have my procedure a few minutes after I arrived !Dr Lifrak is very kind and doesn't rush through the visit , he and his staff are wonderful!

  • I was very satisfied with the Doctor's demonstration of knee surgery-gave me time to ask questions, etc. tech walked me back to exam room after x-rays.

  • This was the first time I had an excellent experience at Southcoast health.

  • Great Dr

  • Staff is very friendly, i was comfortable w explaining specific needs to the physician which in turn was able to address my issues, very thankful and satified for all treatment past an present w Dr Lifrak

  • Dr, Lifrak listens carefully to my issues and provides feedback efficiently.

  • The front desk was very helpful to me. The nurses were very nice to me. And the doctor was so informative. I appreciate it. Thank you.

  • Timely appointment and knowledgable staff made my visit a good one.

  • Everything was explained well.

  • Everyone was very nice and couldn't have been more helpful. The physician was pleasant and knowledgeable and helpful.

  • Although I believe what Dr. Lifrak told me and the best course of action right now I never reviewed my X-rays so I could actually see for myself what the issue was. This might be a new office procedure but I wasn't advised on. Dr. Lifrak is my go to knee doctor, he's the best there is.

  • I was seen on time and everyone was very nice and professional

  • [Name] is such a plus to this office. She is very pleasant and always so helpful. Dr. Lifrak is also so pleasant and very helpful and always explains everything thoroughly before proceeding. I always enjoy my visits to this office.

  • I am satisfied with the friendly atmosphere and professional care I always get from this provider.

  • From the front desk to the exam room, everyone was welcoming and professional.

  • The office staff was helpful, and [Name] was very thorough in checking on all of my medications, and any prior treatments that I had for my problem. Dr. Lifrak was friendly, and did an assessment of my x rays and my knee after which he recommended various treatments along with physical therapy. I was very impressed with his ability to quickly assess my problem and offer less invasive treatment alternatives. Thank you.

  • I thought everyone was very friendly and professional that's all a patient can expect

  • He was very informed about my medical problem and explained everything fully and even showed and explained the x-rays. Instilled confidence.

  • Dr. Lifrak injected my knee and I hardly felt the lnjection. He was very sklllful.

  • Pretty much excellent Liked the online check-in

  • Dr. Lifrak was able able to address my issue on my first visit and provided excellent care.

  • Dr. Lifrak seem very interested in my health care. I had canceled an appointment earlier. And you know what the problem was and he said, you know, he listened to me and and what, seemed, you know, concerned about it. And interested, he's to me as an excellent doctor, all the way around.

  • Caring and listens to all of your health issues.

  • Everyone was helpful , my appointment was on time. My knees are feeling better.

  • Had our patient's care and well being his prime concern.

  • Dr. Lifrak is awesone. Checking and double checking to make sure everything is okay. Excellent customer service for everyone.

  • We love Dr. Lifrak!

  • They are an awesome group would not trade dr Lifrak and his staff for a Boston dr he's the best

  • Dr. is very pleasant and listens carefully to your complaints and issues.

  • Dr Lifrak listened to my health issues, addressed them and I left his office 100% satisfied with the medical service that was provided. His support staff were also excellent!

  • Was ok to get treatment for

  • Although it took a while to get an appt, I was extremely satisfied with Dr Lifrak. He was pleasant and very informative. He explained everything in a manner that was easy to understand. His support staff was very kind and helpful. I would totally recommend Dr Lifrak and his staff to family and friends

  • Excellent experience no problems.

  • They were able to take me the same day that I called for an appointment. They were prompt, courteous and professional.

  • [Name] at front desk was very helpful. Even though it was time for her to leave she took the time to schedule follow up appointment. Dr Lifrak and staff are always courteous and friendly.

  • the receptionist was very friendly and accommodating. i was glad i went to see dr lifrak because he tells thetruth. i was told by another surgeon that i needed tohave two knee replacements. dr lifrak said i didn't need to have any surgery. what a relief.

  • Service is always timely, Dr. Lifrak is a fantastic physician. His assistant is very cordial, very nice to a nice to, it's just a very pleasant office. I would definitely recommend you.

  • Always feel I am in the best of care with Dr. Lifrak. I think he is the best. His assistant [Name] [Name] always makes you feel at ease and very knowledgeable.

  • Nice office. Nice employees. Doctor was nice. He was business and to the point. X-Ray done quickly in the office. Results given soon thereafter with a plan for what to do.

  • Everything went well with appointment. No complaints.

  • Staff was friendly fast and courteous couldn't have asked for a better experience

  • Excellent service, extremely professional, and caring. I would definitely recommend to family and friends.

  • The office personal always greets with a smile - no matter how busy! Whether at Swanee or Providence.Dr. Lifrak refers to special operations that I have had to explain some difficulties I am having now. My wife and I both have gone to Dr. Lifrak for years now - VERY SATISFIED!!

  • Dr Lifrak clearly and thoroughly explained what the best options for treatment for my knee were.I have the utmost confidence in his opinion, and felt comfortable with it.I have been treated by several Orthopedic Doctors in the past and rare him # 1!Thank you Dr Lifrak.Appreciate it.

  • Everyone is always pleasant and they don't make you feel like just a number

  • Experience was great. Was able to see Doctor timely and appreciate information provided.

  • Great place great doctor lifrak..

  • Doctor Lifrak is an exceptional specialist, great resource who I respect a lot.

  • Dr. Lifrak is an excellent doctor. Excellent care.

  • Taken care of very well. Like, they taken a nerve shot. Didn't wait very long to get taken and had a good conversation with Dr. Lifrak.

  • Everyone in the office was very nice and explained things clearly. Dr. Lifrak was excellent.

  • Warm, works with precision

  • Doctor Lifrak was very professional, informative, kind. and honest. He explained everything in a way I could easily understand. I left his office knowing I was in good hands and I felt very confident with my decisions going forward.

  • Love love Dr Lifrak!! He took such great care of my 93 year old Dad!!!

  • Very professional from start to finish Thank you

  • From the receptionist to the nurse and of course the doctor, everyone was kind, patient and polite. It makes going to the doctors more enjoyable

  • Everyone very considerate and welcoming

  • Came in to get the Dr's. option on my knee situation. Didn't like what he had to say but appreciated hearing his honest opinion. Nice guy. I wish I had started my knee replacement journey with him?

  • My appointment as well handled from [Name] to physician!

  • Everything was done professionately, respectfully and quick.

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