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Joseph Lifrak, MD

4.8 out of 5 (355 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.


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: 508-973-2211

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 (61)

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.

  • I felt rushed.

  • Physician in staff with excellent I'm very concerned about my health would definitely return it to this provider.

  • Great experience, knowledgeable provider

  • Physician seemed in a hurry. He did, however, explain my options. I didn't feel like I could delay my time by asking further questions.

  • Dr Lifrak and his office staff were pleasant, professional and very helpful! Everything was explained and all my questions answered. Very very happy with my visit!

  • All was well

  • The doctor could have spent more time talking to me, especially since it was the first time he laid eyes on me. He probably only spent a total of five minutes discussing my case. He did give me a referral for physical therapy at least. I had to call back at the office with my questions and get them answered through the secretaries because I felt rushed and he left in a hurry.

  • i have a very good rapport with my provider, as well as with all my South Coast Doctors.

  • It was my first visit so I don't have to much to comment on. Everything was fine, every one was pleasant. The doctor was informative, answered all my questions. I am hopeful things will go well in the future.

  • Made appointment through south coast for a problem with my shoulder, was referred to a Dr that doesn't do shoulders? after he examined me referred me to another Dr that does but the appointment is in 3 months.This will now cost me another day out of work and another copay as well as another charge to my insurance Very disappointed with south coast feels like a money grab rather than treating a patients medical needs appropriately

  • i was treated respectfully. my dostor and staff were knowledgeable and showed an interest in my health issue

  • On time very quick app

  • Provide an atmosphere where patients don't feel like they are rushed in and out.

  • Appointment was great and fast service

  • Dr. Lefrec was wonderful, compassionate and answered each of my questions completely. His explanations were honest and to the point.

  • First visit...staff was very nice, LOVED Dr Lifrak.

  • The girl at the check in desk was very pleasant and efficient.I was quickly taken in for my treatment by the time of my appointment and the doctor assistant reviewed my records. The x-ray technician came to get me and took the needed x-rays almost immediately. Dr. Lifrak came in soon to administer the cortisone shot and I was on my way within a half hour of my appointment time. very pleased with Southcoast experience!!!

  • Very kind and caring doctors nurses and all staff.

  • I was very pleased with the service but I would just wish that one of those doctors and they will communicate with the and I know that I need a shoulder replacement they just send me around from Doctor to doctor

  • Work together

  • Fast, thorough exam with an analysis of the problem in the exam room, with a full treatment plan laid out. Total office time less than 15 minutes. Excellent visit.

  • Professional, easy going, very knowledgeable, friendly!!!

  • It was easy to get an appointment and this was my first appointment. Staff were professional and the wait time was only about 5 minutes. Dr. Lifrak listened carefully to my problems and reacted accordingly. I felt very confident and comfortable with his style of care and professionalism.

  • I already has sent friends to Dr Lifrak for their knees

  • My doctor was recommended by a friend as outstanding and and he was all of that. I would highly recommend him.

  • Very pleasant office to visit

  • Staff was the most cordial I have experienced in a long time. Dr. Lifrak is special!

  • Very little wait time. Exsplained everything very well and was very patient with my questions.

  • Doctor was very sociable staff was very helpful. I understand everything well, but the doctor explain to me about my house, and he was very concerned about other issues that I need to take care [Name]. I would definitely recommend this facility and the doctors and staff to friends and family. Thank you.

  • They are always ready to treat all of my issues.

  • Love Dr. Lifrak!! Always up on the latest tequnoques.

  • Everyone was polite and friendly. Staff was very helpful.

  • Great service!

  • Dr. Lifrak and his team are wonderful, they always listen to me. They take care of all my worries, and needs, and I am very very satisfied with doctor and his team. I thank them all very much for helping me.

  • staff was very friendly

  • Prompt on time visit, explained everything in great detail, did not feel rushed, and staff were very professional.

  • MD was very "short" and dismissive.

  • Personal and professional perspectives extended.

  • Everyone was great on my first visit. Everyone was very professional and friendly

  • Front desk check in very nice, always ask what time appointment is best you, doctors staff knows what they are doing, and friendly. Dr. Lifrak is professional, great to talk to, and very skilled at his profession. He was recommended to me by a friend. I recommended him to my son who has a knee problem.

  • Previously I had been to [Name] [Name] and as I told the Dr. that is like Filenes Basement compared to your facility which is so much better.

  • The office staff was very helpful in coordinating this visit for me on today because apparently they knew I was in pain and they were able to fit me in on the following business day from when I made the call which happened luckily for me to be the next day the person who interviewed me before the doctor saw me. We had a couple of laughs and they were very very professional, and the doctor could not had provided any better service than he had.

  • Everyone in Dr. Lifrak office is exceptional. The wait time was very minimal, greeted very politely. Dr. LeFrak himself is outstanding. I'm so glad I was able to go to him for my issues.

  • Dr Lifrak is caring and genuine. His MA and Rad Tech as well. I know I’m in good hands with this team. Looking forward to getting my knee back to nothing

  • EVERYTHING DONE A++++++++++++

  • Dr Lifrak is awesome, I always feel 100% certain that I get the best care possible. His assistant [Name] [Name] is wonderful and helpful.

  • Doctor seemed rushed and more interested in getting out quicky as possible and on to the next patient.

  • Seen on time with no wait in exam room. All staff friendly and professional. Further testing scheduled before I left my appt. Provider listened to my complaints and was thorough in his exam. Very pleasant experience

  • I’ve been going to this office for 4 years now. I am pleased to see the same staff members which tells me the folks working in the office are happy and content with their job and employer. Staff is polite, professional and knowledgeable.

  • Visit in timely manner.

  • Got me in to see the dr quickly! Much appreciated ??

  • Very good and friendly

  • Very little wait time.Nice offices.Felt very safe.

  • I was impressed by the care I received from Dr Lifrak. He was able to reset and splint my fractures in the office relatively pain free. Dr [Name] popped in and briefed me on my surgery I would be having in the near future. I feel this experience went as well as it could have.

  • Consistent personnel always friendly and responsive. Wonderful experience. Thank you.

  • The employees at this office were very pleasant, helpful and respectful.

  • He seem to be in a hurry. I like him. A very good doctor.But I have a lot of health problems. It seem solve for me.Thank you

  • Everything was great it just took longer to get the appointment due to a mess up from the beginning

  • Best Dr.

  • It was my 1st visit there and I was treated with confidence feelings about myself and the treatment recommended by the Doctor.

  • Everyone in his office is very helpful, and I'm very thankful for all them and his office.

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