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Joseph Lifrak, MD

4.9 out of 5 (477 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

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Patient Comments (134)

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  • Fabulous care. Thank you.

  • Dr Lifrak is amazing doctor. He is beyond pleasant and knowledgeable and I feel well cared for during the visits. His Swansea staff are welcoming and helpful.

  • The staff was professional and courteous. The provider was attentive and answered all my questions. A pleasant experience.

  • Great office visit

  • Everyone involved in my procedure was very kind, caring and supportive. Everyone fully explained all the processes involved in their part of my procedure. Everyone was knowledgeable and pleasant.

  • Everyone was extremely friendly! Best experience in a doctors office in a while!

  • Dr Lifrak & Staff were timely, courteous, and professional, very good experience.

  • It was an excellent visit everything was timely everyone was extremely personal and professional the doctor was a lot younger than I expected I'm not sure why but he was very pleasant very knowledgeable and for once he was the first person who ever was able to understand my pain issues and agree with the cause don't forget I was thankful even though we're not sure if there's a cure for the pain

  • I was made to feel very comfortable. Everything was explained my x-rays treatment how everything looked. It was pointed out and made sure I understood recommend were made with my approval very very satisfied the knowledge, cleanliness, and understanding.

  • His office was great no need to improve

  • Everyone was friendly and professional. From the woman who checked me in and out, the medical assistant, the x-ray tech and the doctor. A great office that makes you feel at ease.

  • Hi, I don't think you do anything wrong. I don't know how you could improve it. I'm really satisfied with every doctor I have in South Coast. And this time I'm really happy with Dr. LeFek because I left the office and I didn't have any pain and I'm still without it. So he's excellent. So that's all I have to say. And the people in the office were in the waiting room that worked for Dr. LeFek are wonderful. All of them are very cordial, very...

  • Excellent explanation of problem with visual of X-Ray.

  • My doctor was very professional and he told me everything I needed to know and I like him. Good doctor.

  • Dr. L is awesome!

  • Yeah, it was a pretty good experience. I didn't have to wait long, which was good. And the ladies that brought me in the room were good at asking questions and getting the pre-information. And then another lady came in, and she was nice. And then the doc came in, and he was very informative. He was cognizant of what was going on in my case, and he gave his opinion, his medical opinion, and what he thought was going on and what he thought might help and improve and ameliorate my situation. And that was it. And then I called him back the next day, and I asked him some more questions, and he called me back within an hour or two, which was very impressive. So certainly we get a recommendation, and I think that they're doing a great job over there.

  • The office and staff are very proficient and professional.

  • Dr Lifrak's office staff and Nurses are always friendly and warm. The office staff always tries to be accomodating.Dr Lifrak is a wonderful and thoughtful Surgeon. Always takes time to listen and always offers a good plan of care.

  • All went well as expected.

  • Dr, Lifrak and his staff were very professional, friendly and very efficient. I was able to get an appt. in a very timely manner. I am very pleased in my decision to have Dr. Lifrak do the surgery I need.

  • Everyone in the office is very pleasant and Dr Lifrak is great always very pleasant and a great surgeon!

  • Everything went well ! I was Referred to another specialist

  • Very friendly checkin staff; very timely call into exam room and Dr. Lifrak promptly arrived following the LNA checking my meds, etc. Dr. Lifrak and I were on the same page as to my therapy.

  • Dr Lifrak and his associates were courteous, professional and good listeners. My experience was top notch.

  • I was seen right away and the doctor was great

  • Everyone was helpful and courteous

  • The office staff was very accommodating, courteous, and friendly. I think that the office staff can make or break the experience no matter how great the doctor is. Doctor Lifrak is a wonderful doctor, but first I had to get through his marvelous staff. It's a win win for me!

  • The nicest man you could go too, very kind.

  • Dr. Lifrak and his staff are very good and professional. I would recommend them to other friends.

  • Everyone from front desk, intake persons and providers are always the best experience here.

  • Dr Lifrak is always 100% attentive and explains everything every step of the way. He has been a great physician to my daughter from pre surgery through post op 9 months later.

  • I have know Dr Lifrak for many years and always he is professional and will informed about my problems. He is definitely a ten star doctor in all phases.[Name] [Name]

  • Dr. Lafrik is a stand up guy. Really great surgeon. I love him !

  • Perfect visit

  • Dr Lifrak was knowledgeable and caring. His staff was very helpful and pleasant to deal with.

  • I don't know. I had pain, now I don't. What is there to complain about.

  • No changes necessary. Efficient and knowledgeable staff. Great experience. Thanks to all!

  • Great Doctor and he has an awesome staff. His assistant [Name] [Name] is awesome. My daughter was so happy to see her today. Dr L was great he made everything so understandable and made daughter comfortable with her upcoming surgery. He was highly recommended by multiple people and now I understand why!

  • Everyone in todays office visit was exceptional including the office workers. Very impressed

  • Dr. Lifrak is knowledgeable and direct in his delivery of the information that he needs to share. I'm happy to be working with him.

  • The doctor was friendly and precise in his observation about my knee condition.

  • Payed attention to my needs and diagnosed the issue. Caring and made sense of the problem. Gave logical steps towards treatment

  • The doctor was very unprofessional would never go back to him. I do think the office staff was very professional in there service.

  • The facility was very easy to find, very easy to park and I was treated extremely well by the front desk, the nurse, and the doctor.

  • Wonderful experience as always

  • Your office was perfect. The work that needs to be done must be done by me. (Smoking cessation). Lovely office and staff and a very learned physician!

  • Dr Lifrak's assistant (think her name was [Name] seemed to do the job of the receptionist and also check in the patients. She was very pleasant and efficient doing both, but I wondered why no front office girl! Dr Lifrak was very informative about my X rays and explained the possible future treatment.The X Ray technician was a pleasant experience also.So, a happy patient all around!

  • My initial appointment took me two months to be seen and another month to get on the doctor's surgery schedule . He is a very good doctor .

  • Very timely! I was not left waiting at all!

  • I would like to say that the receptionist and I can't think of her name is wonderful. She is so kind and helpful and such a pleasant person.

  • The staff and doctor were knowledgeable in what I had a problem with and assigned a name to the problem and started on a path of correcting it. Thank you. I enjoyed being with him.

  • Dr. Lifrak is the best.

  • Dr Joseph Lifrak was very professional and very kind I would recommend his services to anyone that needs his help.!!!!!

  • The provider did not listen to my concerns, I felt that he did not listen, genuinely listen. I'm not returning to this practice.

  • Prompt and efficient use of my time

  • I had a great experience…everyone involved was properly professional, yet friendly and comforting.

  • The front desk and Medical Assistant was very friendly, professional and efficient.Dr Lifrak was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. Explained my situation clearly and recommended a plan we both agreed on. He is an Excellent communicator and Doctor! Great visit !!

  • Great nurses…great Dr… great experience… all were very personable and helpful… thank you

  • Dr was excellent he gave me common sense approach for my issue . I am thankful I saw him for a second opinion a slower treatment plan seems right for me in every way

  • Reception was very busy upon arrival, but they checked everyone in in a timely manner. Dr. Lifrak was very personable and very informative. He suggested a few things to improve my health and told me He would be there if I needed him. Thats a great feeling. He was great and so was his medical assistant! A great overall experience

  • my experience was amazing. The doctor is very professional. I trust him and I would recommend him to anybody. The staff was very pleasant. Welcome you I felt very comfortable there.

  • Very clear verbal instructions as well as written

  • Everyone in Dr. Lifrak's office is very kind, helpful, and courteous.

  • I was called right away by an MA and after an xray, the provider saw me within 5 minutes. I was referred to this provider and I also referred a friend.

  • pure professionalism with courtesy and respect

  • The doctor was very courteous and he had a lot of information and he was willing to give you the time of day and it was very nurturing and I thought he was an excellent professional and I would ... would ca ... say that he is right up there in the top of doctors and I think maybe the only problem I did have is getting people to get into him on time. But I know he's, you know, booked heavily so ... and it ... and it really was because the person in front of me had a problem and she took a long, long time.

  • Dr Lifrak is fantastic.

  • The doctor always listens to me and talks to me in a kind and understanding way. He always makes me feel comfortable.

  • The wait was short.The staff was friendly and professional, The medical care is excellent.

  • Friendly kind good explanation of procedure. Seemed to really want to be helpful in a productive manner.

  • From the minute I checked in until the time I left my appointment the staff was attentive to my needs and my questions. I was very much at ease with them.

  • 1st visit with this provider, professional and explains things at a level I can understand.

  • [Name] [Name] and Dr. Lifrak..... Are the best. They listen to all your needs always smiling.... It's a wonderful feeling to trust and know you are getting the best care you need!

  • Nothing everything goes smoothly.

  • Explained everything to me in the procedure.

  • Very happy with the progress thank you

  • I was excellently treated by all staff in this office! Dr. Lifrak's treatment was wonderful! I consider him my new orthopedic knee physician!!! Today I am walking around with no pain in my right knee!!! That hasn't happened in many, many years with that knee!!!

  • Don't have anything to say,GOOD reception,nice doctor

  • Forever grateful to Dr Lifrak for care provided to me Great Doctor!!

  • Dr. Lifrak provided me with more information in 20 minutes than I have received in the last year from Dr. [Name] office and I am grateful

  • The visit was great from start to finish. Everyone was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable!

  • Very happy with my first visit with Dr. Lifrack

  • It is always a pleasure to go to this office.Girls at the desk are always very pleasant

  • Dr Lifrak and his staff are excellent!

  • Dr. Lifrak always listens and includes the patient in the plan of care and treatment. [Name] [Name] MA is a pleasure too. They are both all about the patient. They are MORE THAN MEDICINE.

  • Staff was nice and the Doctor was interested if getting me back to my best health.

  • Everything was fine as is.

  • Explaining the procedure, taken care of x-rays and things in a professional way and provided informational procedures, needed and all of my options

  • The doctor explained everything and put my feelings first above everything so he never said this is what you should do but he let me know what could make my life better so thank you the doctor

  • Dr Lifrak was excellent

  • Give me my shots well.

  • The visit felt a bit rushed.

  • Professional staff and Doctor, concise explanation of my condition. Realistic and achievable path forward.Could not be happier with my visit.

  • Knowledgeable, friendly, good bedside manner, fast & effective, improvement needed in preparing for patient's visit such as testing reports, lab reports and reason for visit. More time devoted to reading a report prior to the patient arriving, being ready to go on be they are there is more efficient. Overall, good experience and would recommend.

  • Dr. Lifrack listened carefully to me and explained clearly what my issues are. I felt heard and clearly directed. Would highly recommend him.

  • Office staff is attentive, courteous and friendly. Medical assistants were very knowledgeable and professional. Dr. Lifrak comes highly recommended by physicians and patients and could not be more personable, professional or knowledgeable. The Greater Fall River community and its aging population, especially, are fortunate to have this wonderful group available to us.


  • I was taken on time the dr explained everything to me

  • My experience was friendly but professional! All of my concerns were addressed.Would recommend Dr. Lifrak to anyone thinking about knee replacement.

  • doctor explained every thing very well and staff was excitant

  • Appointment with the doctor was very informative. He explained everything very thoroughly. He was one of the best I've had.

  • Everything was perfect in a professional timely manner

  • Doctor Lifrak answered all of my questions. He was understanding and optimistic. The Xray tech could have slowed down a bit as she was leading me to xray room and back to exam room. I could not keep up with her and obviously my leg was hurting. She did stop and wait for me so I wouldn't get lost.

  • Everything done well from greeting to consultation to testing and execution of treatment. Dr Lifrak gave me an absolutely painless intrarticular knee injection and I am now so comfortable walking and sleeping soundly without any additional meds. Thank you Dr Lifrak and staff!

  • Dr. Lifrak was very informative. He listened to me very well and told me what my My illness are that, I had no idea where so he was very informative in that way and he's sending me for further tests that I need to have done so we can see where we're going. Thank you.

  • I really liked and appreciated the Dr I seen today. When he seen me he already was aware of my history ans this was mu very first time meeting this Dr. I respect his honesty and that he is not willing to do anything that could put me in danger due to my weight and bad habit of smoking. He was willing to try to see if a cortisone shot would help with my pain. Thank you to the Dr for amazing bed side manner and treating me with respect and still willing to help ease some of my pain hoping this shot will ease some of the horrible pain I deal with everyday. Im Hopeful so I can get around better so I can get this weight off. So thank you to everyone at the Swansea office today all of you were very nice and kind. The way you treat people truly matters so I thank all of you for making my experience easy and quick. I will definitely let others know. Thanks so much Sincerely [Name] [Name]

  • Very satisfied with my experience. Not much to improve on.

  • No improvements needed at this time!

  • This was my first visit with Dr Lifrak. I felt he was very knowledgeable regarding my knee problem. He was very personable. He took the time to explain what was going on with my knee. I would definitely recommend him!

  • Office is very efficient. Dr. explained things that I could understand.

  • Excellent doctor, who listens to you, talks to you like a regular human being. Medical assistant, was nice. Front desk needs more help only one person during check in that makes it a little rough especially if you have 5 or 6 people in line waiting to check in. I would recommend this doctor and office to friends and family and I will go back if needed.

  • Very satisfied with the knowledge and professionalism of Dr. Lifrak. He was very informative and listened to me with regards to my medical issue.

  • Dr Lifrak was clear and upfront. He was to the point and warned me to keep moving. I'm hoping PT and strength training will help

  • No improvement is needed, this is a well-run office, and the staff and doctors are outstanding.

  • The staff was extremely courteous and Dr LIFRAK was excellent. He listened to everything that I had to say and he came up with a game plan and instituted a game plan. I couldn't ask for better.

  • Everyone in this office was polite, interested, concerned, professional and friendly Keep up the good work

  • Timely, friendly and efficient!

  • The staff is always pleasant, and for the most part, I have never had to wait too long. Dr. Lifrak is attentive, sociable, and very professional in his sugar coating,, which I like.

  • I was seen as soon as I arrived.Receptionist was pleasant.Nurse completed taking info, quickly and efficiently.X-ray tech was professional and informative.Dr. Lifrak listened and answered my questions in a way I could understand. He made me feel good about my progress.

  • I was treated very well with respect by staff and by the doctor and I would recommend this doctor and staff to anyone who would need the procedure done that I had done excellent work.

  • The staff was very courteous, helpful and knowledgeable. Dr. Lifrak was great! He listened to all our questions & concerns and provided us with a sense that we found the right place to receive excellent health care.

  • The experience was one of professionalism and understanding. I would recommend this office to others thus far. I am comfortable at this time.

  • Dr Lifrak and staff were great !!

  • Great experience. I have no ideas of how it could be better

  • I was early for my appointment but the staff got me in to have my procedure a few minutes after I arrived !Dr Lifrak is very kind and doesn't rush through the visit , he and his staff are wonderful!

  • I was very satisfied with the Doctor's demonstration of knee surgery-gave me time to ask questions, etc. tech walked me back to exam room after x-rays.

  • This was the first time I had an excellent experience at Southcoast health.

  • Great Dr

  • Staff is very friendly, i was comfortable w explaining specific needs to the physician which in turn was able to address my issues, very thankful and satified for all treatment past an present w Dr Lifrak

  • Dr, Lifrak listens carefully to my issues and provides feedback efficiently.

  • The front desk was very helpful to me. The nurses were very nice to me. And the doctor was so informative. I appreciate it. Thank you.

  • Timely appointment and knowledgable staff made my visit a good one.

  • Everything was explained well.

  • Everyone was very nice and couldn't have been more helpful. The physician was pleasant and knowledgeable and helpful.

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