Dr. Rufus Gore, MD

Dr. Rufus Gore, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 64
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Dr. Rufus Gore, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in La Quinta, CA. He is 64 years old and has been practicing for 37 years. Read his story

45280 Seeley Dr Fl 2

La Quinta, CA 92253

Contact Information

(760) 568-2684

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • 4 More

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Dr. Gore's Experience

Dr. Gore's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Dr. Gore's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Gore "Rufus W. Gore, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in general orthopedics with an emphasis on total joint replacement. He joined Desert Orthopedic Center in November 1999. Dr. Gore came to Desert Orthopedic Center from Orange County where he practiced orthopedics for 11 years. "I'm a doctor first," comments Dr. Gore. "I want patients to see that I genuinely care about them. I take the time to help them understand their injury and the treatment necessary to get them back to their normal activities as soon as possible." Dr. Gore earned his Medical Degree from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. He served his internship at the National Naval Medical Center and his residency at the Naval Hospital, both in Bethesda, MD. Following his residency, he spent 12 years in the U.S. Navy holding key positions such as Department Head of the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy and Head of Orthopedic Surgery at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Long Beach, CA. He has held several faculty appointments including Program Director and Director of Orthopedics Training at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Long Beach and Clinical Instructor of Surgery at Uniform Services School of Health Sciences/Herbert Medical School. Dr. Gore has held several Medical Staff Leadership positions to include Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff. Dr. Gore is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association, California Medical Association and the Riverside County Medical Association."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Gore ""Orthopedics is great medicine. It is very satisfying work. I like the challenge of the mechanics aspect, but the best is helping people""


  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Orthopedic Disorders
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Wrist Fracture


  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Total Joint Replacement

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

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.


  • University Of Maryland At Baltimore / Professional Schools
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1980
  • National Naval Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1981
  • National Naval Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1987

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Gore has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Gore's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Gore to family and friends
based on 21 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Gore's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
in Indio, CA |
I would not recommend Dr. Gore to my family or friends in need of knee surgery due to the poor communication problems that I experienced with this doctor following complications which resulted after my knee surgery took place on 11/15/2017. Dr. Gore refused to follow up with a recommended MRI of my knee, after an x-ray of my Knee on 4/11/2017 revealed a tibial plateau fracture had occurred following the knee surgery, and my complaints of ongoing severe to moderate pain.
in La Quinta |
I first met Dr. gore in 2007 when I was sent to him for carpal tunnel. He operated on my right hand soon after and has seen me for osteoarthritis many, many times since. He has actually operated on me 3 times more in the last year. Most recently 3 days ago. he has always been professional, warm and caring. he explains the problem, educates on the solution and what to expect after. I can not recommend him highly enough. Yes, there is often a wait time but he has never made me feel rushed.
in Palm Desert CA |
I was very satisfied with Dr. Gore. However, once surgery was completed I only ever got to see the PA no matter what problems I was experiencing or how often I requested to see Dr. Gore. Office staff never helpful. Always significant wait time.
in Mountain Center, CA |
He is friendly, professional and really cares about his patients. I feel very comfortable with his experience and knowledge. He's the best
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Dr. Gore accepts 13 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Pathway X Direct Access PPO
    Pathway X Tiered Direct Access
    Select PPO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Access Plus Savenet
    Basic PPO
    Enhanced Exclusive for Small Business HMO
    Local Access Plus HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Health Net
    Blue & Gold HMO
    Employer Group HMO
    Health Net PPO
    Individual and Family PPO
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
    WholeCare Network HMO
  • Humana
  • Premera Blue Cross
    Heritage Signature
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Gore has admitting privileges

Eisenhower Medical Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive
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JFK Memorial Hospital
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