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Joseph Lifrak, MD

4.8 out of 5 (378 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

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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 (91)

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.

  • 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.

  • The doctor explained the results of the X-ray very well and listened to my concerns. The pace of the appointment was very fast and I left without getting some questions answered.

  • The staff was friendly and knowledgeable! Everything was handled in a professional manner. My treatment options were explained clearly!! Good visit!

  • Dr. Lifrak was great and very patient. He even realized before injecting the cortisone that there was fluid buildup and I had not noticed it as a patient, but he noticed it and did the right thing and removed the fluid to then, give me a cortisone shot in my knee. Patient and very friendly and very caring.

  • Friendly, professional, understanding!!!

  • Dr Lifrak was excellent!! His staff was great as well. I left the appointment feeling well informed about my condition and plan of action.

  • All staff was friendly and welcoming. I am always pleased when I go.

  • Dr lifrak has been a great help in relieving my pain and offered all available treatments. I would not go to anyone else!

  • Great experience from start to finish. The process was extremely efficient. Very impressed.

  • I waited for at an hour in the waiting room before I was seen

  • As always, it's a pleasure to visit Dr. Lifrak's office. Everyone is so kind and considerate and knowledgeable and Dr. Lifrak always helps me and makes me feel so safe. He's an excellent doctor.

  • Highly respected orthopedic doctors. That's why I went to Joe Lifrak

  • Doc was nice, professional, attentive, and helpful. Everybody was nice, upbeat, helpful. It was a good experience. Little long to get an appointment bit I'm nitpicking...

  • Everyone in the office was very nice and helpful!

  • I am very pleased with my doctor and his nurses.

  • I no work for a dental office that continues to make our patients feel welcome and that we are very friendly and willing to provide the best care ever. I've been to offices that are cold and non friendly. THIS OFFICE IS NON OF THAT. I fully enjoyed my experience, from the front desk to medical assistant to doc. Five stars.

  • Excellent staff!Dr. Lifrak was excellent!

  • Excellent service, excellent physician, staff. Most excellent physician and handled in a very timely manner.

  • Dr was very thorough. I liked him

  • The office is always wonderful. The staff there is great. And Dr. Lifrak just goes way beyond, answers my questions. He's always friendly, tell stories. He is the best there is.

  • Professional and knowledgeable

  • Dr. Lifrak is great!

  • All was well

  • Love Dr Lifrak and [Name] [Name] Top notch!

  • Had to wait to be seen after appointment time. 30 min over. Receptionist didn't care

  • I like the fact that he look me in the eyes as he was explaining things. I like the fact that he listened when I was telling him about what was important to me and what was not important to me. I was a little disappointed that he didn't look at my entire medical history before he came into the room, but he eventually did and realized I had an allergic reaction to something that was part of the surgery, and he explained how he was going to not, you know, not do that so I don't have an allergic reaction in the middle of my surgery, so I like that part.

  • Dr Lifrak is the best nothing

  • All my questions and concerns were dealt with. There was a going forward plan and all was done in a timely fashion with no waiting which is a miracle in itself.

  • 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.

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