Dr. James Rifenbery, MD

Dr. James Rifenbery, MD

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General Surgery  |  
Male  |  
63 y/o
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Dr. James Rifenbery, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in Tacoma, WA. He is 63 years old and has been practicing for 33 years.

Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

1802 Yakima Ave Ste 202

Tacoma, WA 98405
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
  • HealthFirst
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medicaid

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Top Care Areas

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Umbilical Hernia
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more than 5% of peers
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
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more than 5% of peers
Incisional Hernia
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more than 5% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Rifenbery "Since I became a surgeon, there have been a large number of medical advancements that make a real difference in caring for patients like you. This is especially true of surgery, which more and more is being modernized with minimally invasive procedures that can reduce scarring, postoperative pain and recovery times. In my quest to always provide the best care possible,I pursue advanced training and get involved with professional organizations that will help you get back to your life quickly."
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Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abscess
  • Acute Appendicitis
  • Acute Cholecystitis
  • Adrenal Gland Diseases
  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Anorectal Abscess and Fistula
  • Appendicitis
  • Appendix Cancer
  • Bile Duct Obstruction
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Biliary Atresia, Intrahepatic, Non Syndromic Form
  • Biliary Atresia, Intrahepatic, Syndromic Form
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Chronic Appendicitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Duodenal Cancer
  • Endocrine Cancer
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gland Cancer
  • Hamartomatous Colorectal Cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Cancer
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Abscess
  • Liver Cancer
  • MSI-H Colorectal Cancer
  • MSI-L Colorectal Cancer
  • MSS Colorectal Cancer
  • Muscle Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
  • Pancreatic Abscess
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Parasitic Appendicitis
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroid Adenoma
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid Hyperplasia
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Perianal Abscess
  • Perirectal Abscess
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Renal Abscess
  • Retroperitoneal Abscess
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skin Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spleen Cancer
  • Spleen Disorders
  • Sporadic Colorectal Cancer
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Varicose Veins
  • Ventral Hernia

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Procedures

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Colectomy
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Bile Duct Tumor
  • Excision of Brain Tumor
  • Excision of Cyst
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Lipoma
  • Excision of Neck Mass
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Soft Tissue Lesion
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision of Testicular Lesion
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Hemorrhoid Removal
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Parathyrodectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Port Removal
  • Single Incision Gallbladder Removal
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Surgery, Robotic Assisted
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • da Vinci® Gallbladder Removal
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery

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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Washington.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University Of Washington
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
  • University Of Washington
    Medical School | Graduated 1980
  • Emanuel Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1981
  • Emanuel Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Rifenbery has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Rifenbery's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rifenbery to family and friends
2.8
based on 11 total reviews (1 with a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (11)

  • 5
    (4)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (5)

Dr. Rifenbery's Performance

Trustworthiness
GOOD
Explains condition(s) well
GOOD
Answers Questions
GOOD
Time well spent
GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
VERY GOOD
Office environment
VERY GOOD
Staff friendliness
VERY GOOD
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

in Olympia, WA |
I was referred to Dr Rifenbery by my doctor. I was able to make an appointment for the consultation within two days. The staff was friendly and professional. The surgeon was very informative and answered all my questions. He said he knew all this is overwhelming and I could call anytime and ask...more
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Rifenbery accepts 22 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Advantage
    Choice
    Choice Plus POS II
    Choice POS
    Choice PPO
    Commercial HMO
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
    HealthKeepers Plus HMO
    HealthKeepers Plus POS
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    Blue Plan 65 Medicare Supplement HMO
    Blue Plan 65 Medicare Supplement PPO
    Blue Preferred
    Blue Preferred PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Choice Health
    First Choice Health PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
    Health Net PPO
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • HealthFirst
    HealthFirst PPO
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
    Medicaid
    Molina HMO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • ODS Health Plan
  • Premera Blue Cross
    Heritage Plus
  • Providence Health Plans
    Personal Option EPO
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Preferred Provider Network PPN
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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Hospitals where Dr. Rifenbery has admitting privileges

St. Joseph Medical Center
1717 S J St
Tacoma, WA 98405
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St. Anthony Hospital
11567 Canterwood Blvd NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
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St. Francis Hospital
34515 9th Ave S
Federal Way, WA 98003
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