Dr. James Rifenbery, MD

Dr. James Rifenbery, MD

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General Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
64 y/o
(13)

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Dr. James Rifenbery, MD is a general surgery specialist in Tacoma, WA and has been practicing for 33 years. He specializes in general surgery and laparoscopic surgery.

Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Castle Rock, CO

1802 Yakima Ave Ste 202

Tacoma, WA 98405
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Insurance Accepted

  • 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 (GHC)
  • Health Net
  • HealthFirst
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medicaid

Background Check

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Dr. Rifenbery's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Gallbladder Removal
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normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Rifenbery performs Gallbladder Removal more than 5% of his peers

Dr. Rifenbery performs this procedure more than 5% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Cholecystectomy, Open
  • da Vinci® Cholecystectomy
  • Single Incision Cholecystectomy
Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Rifenbery performs Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic more than 5% of his peers

Dr. Rifenbery performs this procedure more than 5% of his peers

Ventral Hernia
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normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Rifenbery treats Ventral Hernia more than 5% of his peers

Dr. Rifenbery treats this condition more than 5% of his peers

Dr. Rifenbery's conditions and procedures:

Abdominal Abscess
Abdominal Hernia
Abdominal Surgery
Abscess
Acute Appendicitis
Acute Cholecystitis
Adrenal Gland Diseases
Anal Abscess
Anal and Rectal Cancer
Anal Fissure
Anorectal Abscess
Anorectal Abscess and Fistula
Appendectomy
Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
Appendectomy, Open
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
Colectomy
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Colon Cancer
Colon Surgery
Colorectal Cancer
Crohn's Disease
da Vinci® Gallbladder Removal
da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
Duodenal Cancer
Endocrine Cancer
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 Diseases
Gallbladder Removal
Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
Gallbladder Surgery
Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gland Cancer
Hamartomatous Colorectal Cancer
Hemorrhoid Removal
Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
Hemorrhoids
Hernia
Hernia Repair
Hiatal Hernia
Hyperparathyroidism
Hypoparathyroidism
Incisional Hernia
Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Inguinal Hernia
Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
Intestinal Abscess
Intestinal Cancer
Intestinal Obstruction
Laparoscopic Colectomy
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
Laparotomy
Lipomas
Liver Abscess
Liver Cancer
Minimally Invasive Parathyrodectomy
Minimally Invasive Surgery
MSI-H Colorectal Cancer
MSI-L Colorectal Cancer
MSS Colorectal Cancer
Muscle Cancer
Neck Cancer
Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
Pancreatic Abscess
Pancreatic Disease
Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Parasitic Appendicitis
Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
Parathyroid Adenoma
Parathyroid Cancer
Parathyroid Hyperplasia
Parathyroid Surgery
Parathyroidectomy
Pelvic Abscess
Perianal Abscess
Perirectal Abscess
Port Placements or Replacements
Port Removal
Rectal Abscess
Rectal Cancer
Renal Abscess
Retroperitoneal Abscess
Secondary Malignancies
Single Incision Gallbladder Removal
Skin Cancer
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Sphincterotomy
Spleen Cancer
Spleen Disorders
Sporadic Colorectal Cancer
Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
Surgery, Robotic Assisted
Thoracic Cancer
Thyroid Cancer
Thyroidectomy
Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
Umbilical Hernia
Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Varicose Veins
Ventral Hernia

About Me

Care Philosophy

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 proce...

Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

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

Awards

Dr. Rifenbery's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Rifenbery

2.8

Based on 13 reviews

5 Stars
38.46153846153846%
(5)
4 Stars
7.6923076923076925%
(1)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
7.6923076923076925%
(1)
1 Star
46.15384615384615%
(6)

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  • Staff friendliness
What People Say About Dr. James Rifenbery, MD
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I have a lot more to say – not enough room here. Two laparoscopic procedures on inguinal hernia. Both failed. Follow ups – Dr seemed disinterested. More interested in teaching his procedure to his student or acolyte. Third procedure – different surgeon – successful and I’m doing well.
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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...Read More
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Insurance accepted

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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 (GHC)
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

Affiliated Hospitals

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St. Anthony Hospital

Gig Harbor, WA

St. Francis Hospital

Federal Way, WA