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Joseph Lifrak, MD

4.7 out of 5 (391 Ratings)


Orthopedic Surgery / Orthopedics

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

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 (64)

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  • With all the commotion concerning Covid19, the staff were tremendously efficient, friendly and very professional. Dr. Lifrak is in my opinion very knowlegable and took the time to explain all possible options. Put me at ease as another Dr. said I needed surgery. Can't say enough about the staff in these trying times. X-ray tech was very professional also.

  • I was very satisfied with my visit as usual. Everyone was pleasant and helpful. The doctor was awesome and everyone who assisted him was awesome, and I really dearly appreciate the service I get there all the time. I will always go there, even though I live in Rhode Island. Thank you.

  • Yes, the doctor saw me in a timely fashion, knew exactly what my problem was. told me what to do and a day later on feeling better. So I think you did an excellent job.

  • Very supportive and understanding of my medical issues. Everyone was pleasant and knowledgeable.

  • From start to finish, couldn't have asked for a more cordial yet professional experience.

  • I was very happy with my visit the staff and Dr were very pleasant.

  • You greeted me at the door an took my temperature an wearing a mask. All of which made me very comfortable. Any visit to your office has been pleasant an staff so friendly. I want to thank all of you for for being there for me. Stay safe

  • This is the third time I have visited Dr. Lifrak. Very professional, highly knowledgeable, and his staff, especially [Name] [Name] excellent. Very thorough and friendly and affable.

  • Everything was perfect Dr Lifrak is the best and very personable. I have not one complaint and never have with any previous visits.

  • Everything was done in a timely manner. This is the way the health care system should work! No complaints.

  • Everyone had great customer service.

  • the office organized for the virus it was a pleasure for my appontment

  • Excellent from the time I was greeted at the door, to the time they took my temperature, and up until the time that I left. Very friendly and pleasant staff. Always a pleasure and looking forward my next visit.

  • Experience was great. I was seen in a timely manner, asked enough questions to be diagnosed and left feeling that the doctor and staff had done all they could to help me. Thanks to all

  • The clinicians where working hard with the lack of staff. I never felt rushed, their professionalism and kindness was never lacking.

  • This office is always an A+ staff is very friendly and caring. Dr Lifrak is amazing he is the best orthopedic I have ever been too, Ive been to several. The office was very protective of the staff n patients during this COVID-19 time frame. I have been going there for a little while now and I would recommend this office to anyone. From the receptionist to the nurse practitioner to dr Lifrak him self you will not get better care from a staff.

  • Dr lifrak. Explained everything fully and very knowledgeable

  • I arrived early for my appointment. I was seen, had xrays, met with doc and discussed situation. All was completed before the actual time of my appt. it doesn’t get better than that! Thank you for making SC a well run, welcoming place. 

  • Extremely professional

  • I felt very comfortable throughout my visit. Entire staff was friendly & professional.

  • All staff was very friendly, large waiting room, Dr. Lifrak was super nice, easy to talk to, gave me all the info I needed, encouraged questions and had a gentle touch!

  • Very warm and friendly staff from the moment you enter the office. The doctor was very personable and so was the physician assistance.

  • The front office secretary greeted me as I entered - making me feel special. The assistant in the room taking information was very patient with me being that I am a blond and a senior citizen! She explained clearly how x-rays were to be taken. Dr.Lifrak was very detailed in explaining my condition and offered alternatives to surgery. The process of scheduling an appointment was quick and easy.Even though it was busy everyone was very pleasant.

  • Easy check in and check out. Thorough examination, checked all the boxes.

  • Dr Lifrak explained my issue in terms I could understand and explained the options to treat it.

  • Great service. Very pleased.

  • Staff is pleasant and welcoming.Wait is usually short.Waiting area and offices are clean.I have a lot of faith and trust in the doctor and staff.

  • Both care providers were friendly and upbeat. They made me feel relaxed and addressed my situation with enthusiasm They were professional.

  • Dr. Lifrak was very knowledgeable and helpful to my particular situation. I would definitely see him again.

  • Dr Lifrak was awesome! I would recommend him to others.

  • I was very impressed with the facility and the personnel that was in it and I was very glad that I went there.

  • I have no comment- all went well!

  • I've always had the best treatment at Southcoast.Thank you so much!

  • I was very impressed with the care I received.

  • Arrived much earlier than appointment time but responded to immediately and all service provided on a timely, efficient basis.

  • Very efficient provider.

  • The entire visit was an overall positive experience.

  • Dr. Lifrax and his staff top notch. Couldn’t get any better. Knowledge is wisdom and the others them couldn’t ask for anything else. Great job to lifrak and his team

  • Dr. Lifrak and his staff are always friendly and professional!!

  • Staff was courteousnd the X-ray tech was quick and efficient. The doctor was knowledgeable, friendly and to the point. It was probably the fastest, most efficient a doctor's appointment I've ever had.

  • Doctor was up front with was going to take place, just wasn’t to happy with spinal anesthesia

  • I’m very pleased with my first visit with Dr. Lifrak and his staff.

  • My experience from beginning to end was seamless!!! Thank you

  • It was a wonderful experience going to the office from when I checked in and I saw the doctor and his assistant and everything was wonderful. I would never even think of going anyplace else because I'm So Satisfied with Dr. Lifrak and his assistant [Name] and I was very happy that I went cuz I did have a problem and he helps me with it greatly. Thank you.

  • I appreciated how everyone in the waiting room was treated with respect and shown patience. Being a new patient, I especially appreciated feeling welcome and put at ease. It was also refreshing that the doctor was not judgmental and truly was interested in the best treatment for me as an individual.

  • Great office- physician is greatExperienced knowledgeable caringInformative

  • Excellent service, as always!

  • Dr. Lifrak and his staff are top notch. Southcoast is extremely lucky to have him.

  • Dr. Lifrak and his staff are Awesome.

  • Everything went well.

  • Friendly staff and Dr. Lifrak was polite and knowledgeable.

  • Dr. Lifrak and his nurse [Name] are very professional and extremely helpful to me as a patient.

  • care was helpful, sincere and delivered in a practical, no nonsense manner

  • Excellent practice and a wonderful provider. Staff are also helpful and friendly. Love it here.

  • Everything was handled efficiently & professionally!

  • Dr. Lifrak is the best!

  • The diagnosis was given immediately with an easy to comprehend explanation The directions for treatment were plain and simple. I was perscribed medication with the understanding if I did not see results by the time I was finished that a cortisone shot would we given next. I've been on the meds about a week and am already seeing a big improvement. Dr Lifrak is great at what he does I felt very comfortable and was impressed with how he handled my issue.I Definetly would recommend him and this office to friends and family

  • I had a wonderful experience all the girls were lovey. I just found the doctor a little condescending, but knowledgeable and appreciated in helping me.

  • I had an excellent experience in Swansea with everyone there and Dr Lifrak. AmazingI was going to have my total knee replacement in Boston but I am definitely going with him when I finally decide to do it.

  • Dr. Lifrak is detailed, knowledgeable, helpful, caring and professional.Assistant [Name] [Name] was also very kind and courteous and patient centered. Wonderful office and front desk staff.

  • Every team member was courteous and professional.

  • Dr. lifrak clarified my health problem very well.

  • Staff greeted me in a very friendly manner. Medical info up to date. Doctor Lifrak is an excellent doctor who is very friendly and knows what he is doing. I have recommended friends to him. He is a great asset to your association.

  • Excellent doctor and staff. He gave me the information I needed as well as all the options. I left there very much at ease. Dr. Lifrak explained the knee problem in such a way I could easy understand. It was a great relief.

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