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Joseph Lifrak, MD

4.8 out of 5 (486 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

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.

Provider Ratings

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Patient Comments (131)

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.

  • Good communication.

  • Everything went well and very professional great staff and doctor thank you all

  • Dr L is always great when I can see him. He told me let's make an earlier appointment now so next time not a droay

  • Dr. was very kind and took the time to talk to me.

  • Very satisfied with treatment and information about my condition.

  • Good communication

  • Dr lifrak and his staff are absolutely fantastic. Informed, professional, compassionate, caring, simply the best

  • Dr Lifrak and [Name] are the best! They are always professional, compassionate and knowledgeable.

  • My experience was 100% positive as always. I've recommended this practice to family and friends.

  • Very satisfied would recommend this facilty

  • Great experience everyone from front office staff to provide medical assistance were all very nice

  • Staff knew their defined roles, all went smoothly

  • Dr Lifrak was awesome. Very knowledgeable and cared about my son. Explained everything to myself and my son pertaining to his injury. I'm very happy we were referred to Dr Lifrak!

  • Wait time was short. Staff very courteous. Dr Lifrak gave thorough examine and explanation of treatment plan. Very pleased with my visit!

  • Provider was excellent

  • Everyone was quick, friendly and informative.

  • Much care to the patient

  • very efficient, just went for gel shots to knees . Everything was laid out and ready to use when Dr. Lifrak came into examination room.

  • Explained issue and what the options were

  • i can't you all were outstanding to me

  • Dr. Lifrak's office is wonderful. It's very clean. Everyone treats me with respect and Dr. Lifrak listens to my problems.

  • This was my first appointment with Dr Lifrak. He read all of my history and reason for my appointment prior to meeting me so he was fully aware of my situation. He was professional, courteous and made sure I understood the diagnosis, treatment options and potential future implications down the road. He pulled up my MRI and showed me, explaining everything clearly. Dr Lifrak answered all of my questions and addressed my concerns. I barely waited in the waiting room before being called into the examination room. All of the staff were courteous, friendly and helpful. I highly recommend Dr Lifrak!!

  • I was treated with the upmost respect an everyone made me feel very welcome and comfortable.

  • They explained all my medical questions that I was concerned about

  • Dr Lifrak is a fine doctor, glad to have him help me out.

  • Very prompt, courteous and professional.

  • Dr. Lafrick is a terrific Doctor.

  • Very pleased with my overall experience.

  • The staff treated me pleasantly as I entered the office. I was not made to wait once I checked in at the desk, I was taken into the exam room promptly.The doctor and his assistant were VERY quick during the visit but NEVER made me feel rushed.Very good experience!

  • Staff and doctor were prompt, courteous and thorough.

  • Dr. Lifrak was knowledgable and professional. And had a wonderful bedside manner.

  • It's been such a breath of fresh air to have a provider that knows and listens to my knee issue.

  • Dr Lifrak was very professional and very informative. He made it very easy for me to understand my situation. I left his office very informed and very relieved.

  • Courteous, caring, does not rush you. Very, very pleased with the care

  • Excellent. Thank you

  • Everything went extremely well

  • I can't speak for others, but this group is awesome.

  • I was seen promptly and professionally which was an enjoyable experience.

  • This was first visit after ER to New provider. Was able to get seen in 3 weeks and corrected diagnosis of the PA in ER. Got PT referral and was able to be evaluated same day.

  • Don't change a thing

  • Experience with Dr. Lifrak was outstanding, but these questions are redundant. Some of them don't make don't make it easy to answer and they are not applicable to to my visit. So we might want to reevaluate some of the questions that are being presented.

  • Excellent Care!

  • My experiences are always positive. Staff is professional, pleasant and thorough.

  • Staff is always super friendly and helpful. Dr Lifrak is a total genius in my book. He's always up to date with info and meds. Puts my anxiety at ease every time. Most people say Boston is better but not in my opinion and I was treated and had knee surgery up there. My dr there was good but Dr Lifrak is awesome!! Great job everyone and please don't change anything!! Best regards from a 100% satisfied patient!!!!

  • Great staff and great physician. Very familiar with my past visits and plans moving forward for my health care!

  • Very professional and courteous.

  • Great experience with Dr Lifrak and everyone in the office were really friendly.

  • Staff always courteous, knowledgeable and kind!?

  • Care and treatment were excellent

  • Office staff efficient friendly and interested in my problem

  • Made an appointment on line, when I first visited I was told that I had no appointments and I had to schedule a new appointment, not satisfying.

  • Staff is very friendly and concerning of your needs Takes the time to ask questions and listen

  • Everything was great

  • Everyone was very friendly and professional. The office was well organized and my appointment moved right along. I was very pleased with what I learned and the treatment that I received.

  • Everyone was friendly and welcoming. I left there satisfied with my visit and look forward to visits in the future.

  • Dr Lifrak was great and awesome. He did explain it very well. And I cannot wait for my surgery

  • I like how he explained my situation and didn't off the back say surgery.

  • Very helpful and attentive.

  • Courteous and respectful. No delays in scheduling or treatment.

  • I am hearing impaired but had no difficulty speaking with my tech who made every effort to insure a clear line of communication

  • I had a great experience, everyone was kind and courteous especially the doctor Dr. Joseph Lifrak.!!!!! I would definitely recommend anyone to go there.!!!!!

  • My 1st visit was very enjoyable and informative. I will definitely be back as needed.

  • Everyone was courteous, friendly and made me feel very comfortable. The Dr. was great and very informative. Absolutely no complaints.

  • Everyone was attentive and knowledgeable. I felt my concerns were addressed to my satisfaction, and a sustainable plan of care created.

  • The Doctor was very prepared. Well knew my condition. Was very factual and ver professional!

  • Kind and friendly staff throughout my visit! Thank You!

  • Excellent professional

  • Dr Lifrak very kind , caring, knowledgeable and and straight forward. Staff was very pleasant and X-ray technician was great, very professional and her look promoted a healthy lifestyle.

  • I hurt my knee, it was very swollen. I called for an appt. They made the effort to accommodate me ASAP. I was seen within a couple of hours.Very grateful.

  • Dr. Lifrak is fantastic. I appreciate his paid attention to my a pain in my knees. He's a fantastic surgeon and doctor.

  • I love this office and their staff so much!! From the front desk all the way to the doctor, it's top notch care!! Definitely don't want to be injured, but know I'm in great hands if I am!

  • Everything was done in a simple and timely manner

  • Staff were very friendly, helpful and informative. The doctor took the time to answer my questions and helped me with advice so I can make informed decisions. Thank you

  • Dr Lifrak explained my shoulder X-ray findings in a very clear and understandable manner. I never felt rushed and he actually encouraged my questions.

  • The staff is great. Dr. Lifrak puts me at ease and explains everything he is going to do. He also answers all my questions.

  • Explain procedure very well and also what to expect for future treatment

  • All was pleasant, very well inform,

  • Everyone was very professional. Everyone was informative that I would ask questions of, and the doctor was aware of my past history. And X-rays were done very well. Everyone was just great. Andvery good experience. Thank you.

  • Asked questions, then listened to answers.

  • Everyone was friendly, accommodating, and caring

  • Everyone always thoughtful and caring. Dr. Lifrak is a great doctor!

  • I was very pleased from front desk to X-ray to Doctor.

  • Everything done well have trust in dr lifrak recommend him to all no lie

  • Everything went very well.

  • Dr Lifrak listens, shows empathy, and is knowledgeable about his field of work!

  • Everything from the front desk to the intake nurse to the X-ray tech to Joe Lifrak was professional and courteous.

  • Explained what needed to get done to get better

  • Wonderful , polite, accommodating and informative staffDoctor was friendly, knowledgeable and formulated a clear plan and answered all questions

  • I was very happy with the service I was provided. Everyone was friendly and Dr Lifrak is the best.

  • From the girl that checked me in to the one that brought me to the examining room and the x-ray technician all treated me with kindness and respect. Dr. Lifrak is very engaging and asks all the right questions concerning my knees. A very positive visit.

  • Everyone was friendly and seemed to enjoy their job.Dr.Lifrak was a true professional

  • My husband and I were very pleased and impressed with my entire visit. And very glad we choose this practise.

  • Very much improved experience

  • All was great.

  • Can't think of anything.

  • Dr. Lifrak listens well and seems to be informed about my condition

  • I thought Dr Lifrak was very good at explaining what I need to do to get my health back in order so I can have surgery to walk again. I was satisfied with that help.

  • Everything has great

  • Very informative. Great bedside manner. Down to earth. I really liked him. No big push for surgery..offered many options. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Great provider

  • Very nice staff

  • Dr. Lifrak is a wonderful individual. He has such a kind personal manner. He comes into a visit prepared and ready to take action. He listens and is ready to review best options for treatment. His staff is great as well. I am always impressed during my visits that the office runs efficiently without lengthy delays. Coming to this office is well worth my drive!

  • Always happy with the professional, friendly teams at Southcoast

  • Excellent experience

  • Everyone is Very nice &very Helpful

  • 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.

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