Joseph Lifrak, MD, and Christopher Chihlas, MD, orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, join Southcoast Physicians Group
Dr. Lifrak is a member of the Providence College athletic program's medical staff, with specific responsibility as the team
SWANSEA, Mass. – Southcoast Health today announced that Joseph Lifrak, MD, and Christopher Chihlas, MD, orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, have joined the Southcoast Physician Group, and are seeing patients at 479 Swansea Mall Drive in Swansea.
Dr. Lifrak is a member of the Providence College athletic program’s medical staff, with specific responsibility as the team orthopedic physician for the National Champion Providence Friars Men’s Ice Hockey team.
He graduated cum laude with departmental honors in biology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and 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. Chihlas received his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. He completed a general surgery internship and an orthopedic surgery residency with specialty training in foot and ankle surgery and served as the Chief Resident at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals.
Dr. Chihlas is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the American Medical Association and the Rhode Island Orthopedic Society. He is an adjunct clinical assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine.
He is board certified in orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include orthopedic medicine and surgery and orthopedic fragility/osteoporosis with added expertise in foot and ankle conditions.
In addition to Swansea, Dr. Chihlas and Dr. Lifrak are now seeing patients in Providence at 1076 North Main Street and Dartmouth at 300A Faunce Corner Road. Prior to joining Southcoast Health, Drs. they practiced orthopedic surgery and sports medicine with Orthopedic Associates in Cranston, R.I. To make an appointment call 508-973-2227.