Dr. Rufus Gore, MD

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Desert Orthopedic Center 45280 Seeley Dr Fl 2 La Quinta, CA 92253 Get Directions
Dr. Rufus Gore, MD
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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Dr. Gore's Care Philosophy

"Orthopedics is great medicine. It is very satisfying work. I like the challenge of the mechanics aspect, but the best is helping people"

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based on 21 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Gore's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • 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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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.

Dr. Gore's Care Philosophy

"Orthopedics is great medicine. It is very satisfying work. I like the challenge of the mechanics aspect, but the best is helping people"

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

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Orthopedic Disorders

Education

  • Medical School
    Georgetown University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1980

  • Internship Hospital
    National Naval Medical Center

    Completed in 1981

  • Residency Hospital
    National Naval Medical Center

    Completed in 1987

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Maryland At Baltimore / Professional Schools

    Graduated in 1976

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Total Joint Replacement