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Dr. James Rifenbery, MD

Dr. James Rifenbery, MD

General Surgery ·  Male · Age 65

  

Dr. James Rifenbery, MD is a general surgery specialist in Tacoma, WA and has been practicing for 34 years. He specializes in general surgery and laparoscopic surgery.


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(253) 203-6201

Dr. Rifenbery accepts the following insurance:

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Choice
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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

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Dr. Rifenbery's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Gallbladder Removal
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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
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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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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 procedur...

Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

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

Awards

Dr. Rifenbery's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Rifenbery

2.8

Based on 13 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
46.15384615384615%
(6)

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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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