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Judah D. Pifer, M.D.

Judah D. Pifer, M.D.

Raised in Prescott, Dr. Judah Pifer is a licensed orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in surgery of the foot and ankle.


Sports Medicine

Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder Replacement

Hip Surgery

Hip Replacement

Knee Surgery

Knee Replacement


Dr. Pifers’ general orthopedic surgery practice includes large and small joint arthroscopy of the shoulder knee and ankle, fracture care, and total joint arthroplasty. He specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle.


After graduating from Prescott High School in 1993, he completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology at Northern Arizona University in 1998. He graduated at the top of his class at the University of Arizona Medical School, and was appointed to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society prior to receiving his Medical Degree in 2006. He continued his training in Tucson and graduated from the UofA Orthopedic Surgical Residency Program in 2011. He received his fellowship training at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.


Dr Pifer is married with two young children and is active with his church and in the community. He is enthusiastic to be serving the community in which he grew up and to be raising his family in his hometown.



From the moment I entered the door to the office of Dr. Pifer I felt that this office was a first-class operation. All the staff were informative and friendly and I was always seen at the time of my appointment - no half-hour (or more) waiting.

I was very apprehensive about my hip surgery as I had had my other hip done 20 years before and all I remembered was how much it hurt post-surgery. What a delightful surprise I had coming when I discovered that after taking 2 pain pills, I found that I really didn't need them at all and sure enough post-surgery, I had NO pain! It doesn't get any better than that. What a relief.

In addition to the positive surgery results, Dr. Pifer was so helpful in answering all my questions and the entire experience was a very positive one. I would highly recommend his services.

—Carol Hayman

Dr. Pifer performed surgery on my fractured thumb on 1/13/2023. It required the placement of two pins followed up with a soft and then a hard cast.

I found Dr. Pifer to be both a skilled surgeon and caring physician. I was in his care from 1/9/2023 until cast and pin removal on 2/23/2023. Due to his skill, I will again have full use of my thumb. This was so important to me as the injury was to my dominant hand. At 71, I have had many surgeries/surgeons. In my experience, Dr. Pifer is the best.

I am also very grateful to Dr. Pifer’s wonderful office staff. I must mention his medical assistant, Maraly. She was kind and professional and very concerned about my comfort when I needed the cast changed.

Thank you Dr. Pifer and staff. You all made a huge difference in my surgery and recovery.

—Sheila Ahern

Dr Pifer,

Saw your ad in the sports magazine. Reminded me of your honesty in sending me away when my knee was looking like it might need surgery. “No Pain – No Surgery” and still going strong with no current pain. Best Always,

—Everett Souborn

We have been patients of ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS of CENTRAL ARIZONA for almost 30 years.

In that time we have been very pleased with the professional care provided by all doctors and staff. Most recently Dr. Judah Pifer and his assistant Lizette Leach provided excellent care in regards to

Carpal Tunnel syndrome.

We highly recommend anyone in need of orthopedic care to ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS of CENTRAL ARIZONA.

—Kenneth & Mary Adams

Dr Pifer and his staff were wonderful. I had fallen while in Europe and damaged my left shoulder (fractured my humerus and major rotator cuff tear). Dr Pifer performed surgery on it within two weeks after I got home. I can't say enough about how thankful I am for finding him and his staff.

—Valerie Tabisola

I have been Dr. Pifer's patient for several years. He performed major foot surgery and I have been extremely pleased with the outcome. His professional and compassionate care has been greatly appreciated, and I would highly recommend him and Orthopedic Specialists of Central Arizona.

—Joyce Parker

Dr. Pifer did surgery on my foot/Achilles heel and later on my shoulder. He was very professional and the anesthesiologist said we need more surgeons of his caliber in our town. He took a fair amount of time with me and calmed my fears. He offered suggestions about services and how to be more comfortable at home. Seems to be a very good doctor.

Dr. Pifer is an outstanding Orthopedic Surgeon. I just had my left knee replaced. His skill and professional efficiency enabled me to return home the day after surgery. My recovery has been excellent. I have no hesitation in giving him the highest recommendation I have even given any medical professional. It is my pleasure to recommend Dr. Pifer.
—Wini Daniel

Dr. Pifer is a wonderful surgeon! He is straight and to the point and does what needs to be done. Great surgeons are hard to come by in Northern Arizona. He knows what he's doing and there's nothing more comfortable than that!
—Lindsey enserro

Doctor Pifer replaced my right hip in January of this year, my hip was so bad that my right leg was shorter than my left leg, Dr. Pifer was able to make both of my legs the same length. I just want to say how much better I feel, I feel like a whole new person thanks to you Dr. Pifer.

I would also like to add that the office staff was very professional, friendly and helpful.

Thank you Orthopaedic Specialists of Central Arizona.

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