1802 S. Yakima Avenue, Suite 202
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-572-7120
Fax: 253-572-1071

Office hours:  Monday - Thursday 
                       8 am - 4 pm

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What you want in a surgeon could fill a book. Skill, training, capability, confidence, kindness, honesty, heart. When surgery becomes the necessary choice for your health, what you need most is someone you can trust. You want an experienced surgeon who really cares for you, who will be your partner before, during and after the procedure.

Of course you also want your surgeon to do everything right. Preoperative explanations you can understand. An expert touch in the operating room. Leading-edge procedures and advanced techniques. Compassion and understanding when you need it.

You may not get to choose how injury or illness enters your life but you always have the choice of surgeons for the best possible outcome.


James D. Rifenbery, MD, FACS

General & Laparoscopic Surgeon
Board-Certified, American Board of Surgery

"I've had surgery myself and I've gained a lot of insight from it. I learned what it's like to have to completely trust somebody, and it's made me more sympathetic to what my patients go through. I know they're trusting me to make decisions on their behalf, and in some cases to save their lives, and it's a responsibility I take seriously."

The training and skill you can trust.
"When it comes to surgery, there is no substitute for skill. Every surgery is unique, and I believe each and every procedure requires the full weight of my training, experience and core knowledge. Every option must be considered, every potentiality explored. And I don't approach your case as though it is a checklist procedure, because it isn't."

  • Fellow: American College of Surgeons
  • Diplomate: National Board of Medical Examiners
  • BA: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1976
  • MD: University of Washington, Medical School, Seattle, WA, 1980
  • Residency: General Surgery, Emanuel Hospital, Portland, OR, 1980-85

Providing advanced surgical solutions for your best health.
"As technology grows and changes, so does modern medicine. In the years since I became a surgeon, there have been a large number of medical achievements 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 even overall recovery times. In my quest to always provide the best care possible, I pursue advanced training and get involved with professional organizations in order to offer techniques and capabilities that will help you get back to your life quickly."

  • Member: American Society of General Surgeons, Washington State Medical Association, Pierce County Medical Society, Tacoma Surgical Club (past president), Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, British Columbia Surgical Society
  • Advanced Certification: Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery) Certified 
  • Advanced Training: Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Single Site Robotic Surgery

Putting your individual needs first.
"An important part of being a good surgeon is listening. In my opinion this can't be overstated. I make a point of really listening to you, getting to know who you are and what's important to you and finding out what's really going on. I look at the whole patient, because the big picture is important to restoring you to good health. It's not about stitches. It's about you."

  • Associate Director:  Franciscan Health Systems Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery       
  • Co-Founder: Tacoma Trauma Center
  • Clinical Advisor - University of Puget Sound
  • Clinical Immersion Program - Covidian Health Care
  • Clinical Instructor - Western University Medical School
  • Clinical Instructor - Pacific Northwest University Medical School
  • Hospital Affiliations: St. Joseph's Medical Center, St Francis Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, Soundview Surgery Center, Gig Harbor FHS Day Surgery Center 

Call Partners

The following surgeons share call with Dr. Rifenbery, and care for his patients during weekends off or on holidays.  You can always reach the surgeon on call by calling 253 572-7120.

Eugene Cho, MD, FACS

Eugene Cho, MD, is a general surgeon specializing in gastrointestinal surgery and laparoscopic procedures.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.  Dr. Cho is the Program Director for the Franciscan Advanced Laparoscopy Fellowship Program.  Drawn to medicine by the desire to improve lives, Dr. Cho strives to do the best and safest job possible for every patient.

Medical Degree:  Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

General Surgery Residency:  William Beaumont Hospital, Detroit, Michigan

Fellowship Training:  University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland

Board Certified:  General Surgery

Hospital Affiliations: St. Joseph's Medical Center, Tacoma General Hospital, Allenmore Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital

Office:  3315 S. 23rd St, #200, Tacoma, WA  253 552-1200

David Schutter, MD

Dr. Schutter is the current Laparoscopic Fellow for the FHS Laparoscopic Fellowship Program. Dr. Schutter is passionate about providing the highest quality surgical care for his patients.  He will bwith us until the end of July, 2020.

Medical Degree:    University of Kansas School of Medicine.

General Surgery Residency:  Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

Board Certified:  Pendong General Surgery

Fellow: Pending American College of Surgeons

Diplomate: National Board of Medical Examiners

Advanced Training:  Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery

Member:  American College of Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations: St. Joseph's Medical Center, Gig Harbor Day Surgery Center, St. Anthony Hospital .

Office: 1802 S. Yakima Ave, Suite 202, Tacoma, WA  98405  253-572-7120