Dr. James Rifenbery, MD

Dr. James Rifenbery, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
64 y/o

Accepting new patients

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

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

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Top Care Areas

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

2  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

78  Conditions Treated

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53  Procedures

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Background Check

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  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. James Rifenbery, MD
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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Gordon Neu in Lakewood, Wa – May 02, 2018
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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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James Bean in Olympia, WA – Aug 06, 2017
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