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John Podkowa, Jr., DO

4.9 out of 5 (423 Ratings)


Internal Medicine / Primary Care

About John Podkowa

Dr. Podkowa completed a residency in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he served as chief resident.
He earned his medical degree at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania. He was a National Health Corps scholar and was a member of the Osteopathic Honors Fraternity at Lake Erie College of Medicine. 

Dr. Podkowa is board certified in internal medicine. 

His clinical interests include smoking cessation, weight loss, heart disease, diabetes and preventive medicine.


John practices at the following locations:

Southcoast Physicians Group Internal Medicine

208 Mill Road Pod C/D - Buttonwood
Fairhaven , MA 02719

P: 508-996-1800

Get Directions 41.6545118 -70.88430519999997

Insurances Accepted

Southcoast accepts most major insurance plans. Call the Southcoast patient registration department at 844-297-2952 or your health plan with any questions regarding coverage.

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Patient Comments (103)

At Southcoast Health, we strive to deliver exceptional patient care along with an exceptional patient experience. We appreciate all of your feedback and share your comments to recognize the wonderful care our teams provide to you as well as identify areas for improvement.

  • Everyone was very professional, knowledgeable and courteous.

  • Always friendly, yet professional, all questions answered, never had a bad experience.

  • It's always a positive experience seeing Dr Podkowa.


  • My provider listened to me , provided input, and came up with a plan if I was still having issues. Alway very helpful and pleasant. The office staff are also very helpful and set up the teleconference. Was a positive experience when I was not feeling well. Thank you!

  • No complaints.

  • There is none

  • Everyone in this office was extremely polite and well mannered, as well, professional. It is ALWAYS a pleasure going to see my PCP and the staff.

  • He's a good doctor. He does help me. With my little problem I have been having anxiety. Alright, have a good day.

  • Hi. What you guys did well is the follow up after the initial meeting was great cuz we got all of our appointments scheduled. The only thing that, you know, Dr. Podkowa is, you know, really really friendly and you know, just seems to care a lot and have a great demeanor. The only negative was some of the information that I provided to the, I guess the physician assistant or maybe it was the nurse was not reflected correctly on my report that was been provided to Dr. Podkowa, when I went to meet with them, so, that's the only negative but I believe we have corrected those. Goodbye.

  • There is nothing that you could do or Dr. Podkowa's office could do to improve our experience. Every time we visited there, everyone has been polite cooperative, professional. Dr. Podkowa is a truly fabulous gentleman and we are very, very lucky to have him for our, for a physician. His whole group of people likewise very friendly, very professional, very cooperative, in all regards. I just can't say enough good about them. Thank you.

  • Dr. Podkowa is the best!!

  • we love Dr. John Podkowa

  • Dr P and his office staff was wonderful.

  • My Doctor is a good person and he does a great job and I am thankful that I have him as my Doctor.

  • Experience great. I was a physician in this office for many years. This is a comment I mean constructively. This is not really a "family medicine office" , it is an Internal Medicine office. Internal medicine is what Dr Podkowa went to medical school for. Thank you.

  • This was our first introduction to Dr. Padkowa as our new primary care physician. We were positively impressed.

  • Don't change anything

  • Such a fantastic experience!! Always attentive!! Always available! I couldn't ask for a better physicianu00A0

  • Dr Podkowa, [Name] and [Name] always makes me feel special and they listen to what I have to say and accomadate me when they can which is always !! I would not go anywhere else love themu00A0

  • Please don't request this survey after every one of my visits!

  • Yes, thank you. My name is [Name] [Name] and I visited Dr. Podkowa first time and as a primary care physician for me, and I was really impressed he asked me some very good questions. Even one including about the status of my dental health, not mental, but dental health, which I thought was very important too. I was there only for a medical reference, but I was very impressed and have a regularly scheduled physical scheduled in October with him. I look forward to seeing him again on that at that time and I considered all his questions and conversation to be valuable and I'm looking forward to a follow up visit. Thank you.

  • The only thing I do not understand is the unavailability of the lab. I understand the COVID precautions but not being able to get my labs done before or after seeing the doctor is frustrating. Now I have to make another visit to get my labs done which is not until June!!!

  • This was my first encounter with this provider who inherited me after my previous PCP retired. I was very satisfied with the visit and have no complaints whatsoever. Provider was a good listener and very cordial.

  • Great experience across-the-board. I have referred multiple people to south coast. Dr. Podkowa is great!

  • Dr Podkowa is the best.

  • He does everything well, I'm very happy happy with him. Bye.

  • All is good

  • Dr Podkowa is a wonderful PCP. I made a recall appointment as I left and because there were no timely appointments on my day off the secretary suggested that I make one and simply call back after looking at my work schedule if it wouldn't work. It turned out that it couldn't work but when I called to change it the woman on the phone said that she had to ask the doctor before she could scedule me and then I didn't hear back. (But that was just today) i dont know if I would get anywhere if I call tomorrow. The only way that i can set an appointment during working hours is from work while looking at my schedule for openings.

  • All staff was pleased to deal with

  • Overall pleasant experience; treated with respect and courtesy from start to finish from each and every staff member in which I interacted with.

  • Dr Podkowa has amazing bedside manner, always listens

  • All staff were friendly and professional and good listeners. Dr. Podkowa is very kind and empathetic and carefully assessed medical concerns and ways to deal with any issues. A++

  • The staff is amazing....very attentive and knowledgeable. Physician is the best I have had in my 62 yrs.

  • The staff was friendly and listened

  • From the first interaction to the last, everyone was pleasant and accommodating. Dr. Podkowa took the time to listen and I really felt as though he is truly invested in wanting the best for me and my health. Hands down a wonderful experience!

  • Dr Podkowa listened to me explain a problem I've had with weight loss and explained how and why it happens. Told me a few strategies to try and told me about a book he recommend me to read and assist with my weight loss goals.

  • Great experience. Dr Podkowa is wonderful.

  • Dr. Podkowa always is very kind and takes time to listen and answer questions thoughtfully.

  • Dr. Podkowa was excellent. He took very good care of me, and I feel as though he's the Dr I'll live the rest of my life with. So very, very pleased. Thank you.

  • Consider myself very fortunate to have this physician for my primary doctor. He's the BEST!

  • Electronic health records make it practically impossible for doctors to find and know everything - you should take those questions out. Not fair to the doctors.

  • this was my first appointment with dr. podkowa, it was a good experience. dr. was on time which in my book is a huge respect for the patient, all too many times, in my experience, i have had to wait well past my appointment time to see a dr. i was very happy with all southcoast staff. i was not however happy with the automated phone call in the middle of our dinner time. i just find a robo call annoying in the best of circumstance much rather have an email such as this. i was very happy with the experience in all and as i have 3 appointments upcoming i look forward to see if they are handled with the same professionalism

  • Dr. Podkowa and his staff are excellent - Dr Podkowa is a kind and caring physician. It would be nice if they were more of him. Thank you, and have a good night.

  • I couldn't ask for a better provider and staff. I love them, and the way the care about their patients.

  • Very pleased with my provider

  • Dr. Podkawa and his staff are always very professional and informative… You couldn't have a better provider for a family here I am so satisfied… I would recommend this physician to to anyone I know .

  • very pleased with the physician and support staff

  • Friendly, safe, informative

  • Dr. Podkowa and his team are fantastic and truly care about their patients.

  • I want to mention this: I met John over 10 years ago when my father needed a primary care doctor. My dad was suffering from a horrible form of cancer. John was excellent with him. When my doctor left SouthCoast, he became my doctor. He eventually became my mother and sister's doctor. He is a very good man.

  • I three physician relationships in the SouthCoast Health system.Doctors Podkowa, [Name] [Name] and [Name] cannot imagine more Knowledgeable, caring, professional and consistently exceptional medical care.Also while my experience with nurses in the south coastu00A0system is that they are caring and professional but [Name] the the nurse in Dr. Podkowa's office is a world apart.Thanks for the opportunities to comment

  • There should be tempreture taken before entering the building for everyone's health being during the pendemic.

  • The physician is excellent and very happy with his care

  • Best physician and warm welcoming friendly office staff

  • Dr Podkowa and the entire staff are kind, courteous and very knowledgeable. I refer all my family and friends to his practice.

  • How you doing Dr. Podkowa is an excellent doctor, always truly making me feel comfortable but just discussing my health in general. Obviously setting goals for me but not feeling like I need to be concerned in in a negative way, definitely giving me a path to take and just reassure her that whatever it comes up that he can help me deal with so great, great experience with John Podkowa.

  • Excellent medical team!

  • Dr. Podkowa is the best provider that I have ever had. I recommend him to all my friends and family.

  • Well organized.Punctual.Clear.Thorough.All my questions were answered.Comfortable experience.

  • Dr. Podkowa and his office personnel are great!! They are personable, caring, and compassionate. They make patients feel welcomed while focusing on the patients overall well-being. Thank you so much for all that you do.

  • Dr. Podkowa is a very caring, nice doctor who cares about his patients and knows them very well. And I would recommend him to anybody.

  • I am very happy with the concern and explaining things to me.

  • The appointment was right on time and couldn't have been any better. Dr. Podkowa is very up to date in every aspect of my medical condition , medications etc!

  • Dr. Podkowa was absolutely outstanding. It was my first appointment with him and I found him to be knowledgeable, personable and caring.

  • I have always been treated as a patient should whenever I have had an appointment with this office. Every person working there is so kind and makes one feel so comfortable and welcomed. I have always looked forward to my appointments with this particular office.

  • Dr. Podkowa is an outstanding physician. I have most confidence in him and his staff, and I thought yesterday's visit was very good, and I only have positive feedback. Thank you. Bye. I guess I can hang out.

  • very pleased with my experience!

  • Wonderful experience from start to finish. Dr. Podkowa is a great listener and gave great insight into my health and well being. The staff is courteous and prompt with call backs.

  • Dr. Podkawa is a true professional. He is thorough, efficient, clear & concise. His kindness and compassion make him the ultimate physician.

  • Doctor John is compassionate, caring and kind! Always treated with respect and dignity. So pleased with my provider and staff!

  • Professionally

  • Dr Podkowa listens to my issues and gives understandable responses

  • Excellent

  • Dr Podkowa is always great! I wasn't sure what to expect with the telehealth visit but it went very well with no issues!

  • Dr. Podkowa was excellent. He was very compassionate and very personable with me as a patient of his since I was 18. I am now 29. I would like to say thank you for his, just hospitality of a person and a human and, at this time in all of our lives. Thank you, Dr. Podkowa, John Podkowa.

  • I was taken in a timely fashion. Everyone had mask on and everyone was very courteous and professional.

  • This visit allowed me to ask and have answered my health questions in an efficient and comprehensive way. So glad that South Coast offers this option.

  • Dr. Padkowa is an awesome doctor, my family and I love going to him. He's great.

  • This was a new patient visit. He and the office staff were very efficient. I was able to get on and out without having to wait. I like my new pcp. He listens to my concerns.

  • The visit with my provider was excellent, as always!!

  • I was very impressed with the telehealth visit. It was timely and professional

  • The questions on this survey are too long you could be much briefer.

  • Thank u Dr Podkowa an staff!

  • I am consistently impressed with Dr Podkowa and his commitment to providing excellent care.

  • Felt very comfortable with this appointment, the doctor took his time answered all of my questions and completed a good review of the whole body

  • I am and have always felt like I won the lottery when I found Dr Podkowa and he became my PCP never once have I not looked forward to our appointments and the care I am given.

  • Dr Podkowa is a terrific doctor. The whole process at the office is pleasant and the staff is wonderful, especially [Name] as well as [Name] [Name] Well done everyone.

  • Southcoast Fairhaven location always offers great service. From the intake to check out. Dr John Podkow is a class act- caring and compassionate with amazing bed side manor. We need more like him.

  • Everything was excellent. I meant to press key 2

  • Dr. Podkowa was amazing, he was very thoughtful and very attentive.

  • I feel as though I am among friends who care about me - not just my (ailment of the moment). They remember me from one visit to the next, and I'm not in more than once or twice a year!

  • Dr John rocks

  • Having an on-site nutritionist to discuss the impact of diet on health related issues -such as achieving weight-loss goals, or dealing with cholesterol issues - would be a great addition.

  • Ample time was provided for me to ask questions and have all concerns addressed. The staff and doctor listened attentively and responded thoroughly.

  • Seamless registration process and minimal wait time

  • No don't change anything

  • love the southcoast program, doctors, hospitals and all the personnel . they have all been more than helpful. Have not expierenced any problems

  • He does everything good. I enjoy going to his office, he's a nice doctor. I'm very happy with them and the nurses there everybody good people. I love them.

  • I always had a great experience with this doctor and his staff. They've always treated me and my husband with great respect they've always know how to help us, and they've always called us right back. I'm very very satisfied with this doctor. He's a very caring doctor. He's compassionate he's caring and he's always there for his patients. I really liked him a lot and his staff. Thank you.

  • Everything.Dont change anything.That,s why Ikeep this provider.

  • On timeI was not rushed when with the doctor.

  • Always a pleasure to speak with doctors and staff, even when I'm not feeling very well and moody they always go above and beyond to make sure I either get seen or my health issues get addressed.

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