Dr. Elias Rifkah, MD


Family Medicine | Male

120 Chestnut Ave Altoona, PA 16601 Get Directions
Dr. Elias Rifkah, MD
Dr. Elias Rifkah, MD is a family medicine doctor who practices in Altoona, PA. He is 52 years old and has been practicing for 29 years. Dr. Rifkah is affiliated with Altoona Regional Health System and Tyrone Hospital.

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    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
Altoona, PA |
This doctor is basically just there to see patients, misdiagnose you, and then collect insurance money. That's what you're getting with Dr. Rifkah. My wife and I have been going to him for a while (since it's so difficult to find a doctor accepting patients with our insurance), and he basically blows us off every time we need care. It's always just a cold or just the flu. I had to see him 3 times to finally get him to diagnose me with pneumonia and get me the right antibiotics! Find another DR!!
in Altoona, PA |
Caveat emptor! This doctor will get you nowhere with his diagnosis and will waste your time and money. In October of 2014, I went to this doctor as I was having asthma-related symptoms. His first words when greeting me, 'Ah, you have what everyone else in Altoona has, the common cold!'. So I explained my issues and he sent me to UPMC for chest xrays thinking that I had pneumonia. My second trip to him I was given an inhaler. My third trip, another chest xray for pneumonia. My fourth trip, I wa
in Altoona, PA |
Dr. Rifkah was horrible with my 91 year old grandmother. Scaring her and telling her to be more independent...she can't be more independent than she already is. She's a very sick woman and he was so horrible with her when he saw her at the nursing home that her roommate was also crying. Needless to say, he will never go near my Grandma again!
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Dr. Rifkah's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Family Medicine
  •  Board certified in Family Practice
  •  Malpractice claims in Pennsylvania not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Family Practice

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  • Medical School
    University of Tichreen / Faculty of Medicine

    Graduated in 1988

  • Residency Hospital
    Maryland Gen Hospital
    University Of Ne Med Center

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Family Medicine

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