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Joseph Lifrak, MD

4.8 out of 5 (496 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 (127)

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 great

  • Very helpful and attentive.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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