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John Podkowa, Jr., DO

4.9 out of 5 (525 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.


Practicing at the following locations:

  1. Southcoast Physicians Group Internal Medicine

    370 Faunce Corner Road
    Dartmouth, MA 02747

    P: 508-973-9010

    Get Directions 41.66416359999999 -70.99171910000001

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 (147)

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  • Awesome as always!

  • Dr Podkowa listens and responds in a very personal and responsive manner. He has my complete trust

  • Dr. Podkowa always attentive to any question I have an is always attentive to your health an any concerns you may have an excellent provider he is kind and very professional …..simply the best!

  • This is a very professional office. Everyone is very nice and seem happy to be working there. Dr. Podkowa is very caring & thorough. He asked me about issues that were talked about at last year's appointment. He listens and makes me feel very comfortable.

  • Dr. Podkowa and staff are consistently excellent

  • Dr. Podkowa is extremely caring and thorough. He never makes me feel rushed and listens to all of my concerns.

  • Do not have to wait long to see provider . Always listen to you. Excellent care!!

  • Very easy to get an appointment. Dr. Podkowa was very prompt. Listened and explained everything. Very pleasant and professional experience.

  • I have no complaints, everything went well.

  • Dr Podkowa always takes time to listen. His staff is pleasant and professional.

  • I have nothing that can be improved upon, thank you for all the care from start to finish.

  • The support from this Doctor has been outstanding!

  • Podkowa is a wonderful doctor. His staff are great.

  • Everything went well

  • Professional and knowledgeable, Dr. Podkowa is the epitome of a caring general practitioner. So fortunate to have him as our family physician.

  • Dr. Podkowa is a wonderful PCP who is supportive and displays concern and compassion regarding my health. I feel incredibly fortunate to be his patient.

  • Dr Podkowa always listens to my concerns

  • Always meet my needs and help me make good choices for myself. I never feel like I am not understood and am always happy that Dr Podkowa is my doctor.

  • Dr. Podkowa truly cares and remembers EVERYTHING!!

  • Al always it is a pleasure to visit my doctor and this office

  • Always courteous and understanding.

  • Everyone in this office goes out of their way to take exemplary care of me. Dr. Podkowa is such an excellent, caring doctor, and so knowledgeable. We are so fortunate to have him as our PCP. Although we've moved to Taunton, we will continue to travel to North Dartmouth to be his patients.

  • Everything was excellent about my visit.

  • The staff are good listeners. My concerns are always addressed. Medical information is explained in an easy to understand manner.

  • Very caring about my Medical history an any other issues that I may have.

  • Dr Podkowa is the best ever!

  • The visit was very helpful to me.

  • Doctor Podkowa is fantastic: kind, caring, competent.

  • Everyone was polite, professional, and courteous! The provider listened and answered all my questions. In terms, I could understand.

  • Everyone at the office is wonderful and Dr Podkowa is a really good physician, I am very happy to have him as my PC Doctor

  • I absolutely love every one in this office! They all treat you like a actual person and not a number

  • Everyone was very professional I never had to wait for any of my appointments over the last few months I really appreciated all the help.

  • Dr.Podkowa answered all my questions and was very nice.

  • Dr. Podkowa was very patient and thorough in his review of my annual physical. I was very pleased with his preparation for our first appointment and his thoughtful recommendations.

  • Dr Podkowa is amazing always listens and is very knowledgeable

  • Very satisfied with the care and I have recommended my Dr. to friends

  • Overall great experience. Dr. Podkowa and his staff were attentive and responsive to all my questions and concerns.

  • The fact that the provider heard the patient family concern and was not rushing.

  • Dr. Podkowa is smart, caring, empathetic and sympathetic. I would be most happy having him take care of me and my family. I recommend him most highly

  • My experience was and always has been positive at Dr Podkowa's office

  • Dr. Podkowa, is a wonderful, kind, caring, compassionate doctor. If there were more doctors like Dr. Podkowa at South Coast, it would be wonderful. Thank you and have a good night.

  • Every person there today was professional and very courteous. Amazing assistant also

  • Dr. Podkowa is always a joy to visit. He should give lessons on bedside manner to all physicians.

  • Dr. Podkowa is in my opinion the best Dr. in the Southcoast system! Alway friendly and concerned about me!

  • Dr Podkowa was patient, kind, and thorough.

  • Caring, thorough, professional.

  • It always amazes me how dr podkowa remember me details about my social life that most doctors wouldn't even remember. For instance how my mother, trios I've been on etc..

  • I'm very pleased with the way Dr. Podkawa takes the time to actually care about my health and my issues when they arise.

  • Dr. Podkowa and his entire team are the consummate medical professionals. They are the "gold standard" for care and the treatment of SHS patients. Their operating model should be followed by other providers at Southcoast.

  • He always knows what's going on with my health. He treats me like family, which is extremely gratifying.

  • Everything was excellent. Dr. Podkowa takes the time to listen and explain things. It is nice to be heard.

  • Extremely polite, responsive and friendly staff. Seamless team work!Dr. Podkawa is very professional, thorough yet warm and obviously caring. Couldn't have a better experience.

  • I'm 100% satisfied with my provider.

  • Dr. Pokowa is fantastic he really listens to you.

  • Everyone is always so wonderful and friendly. I'm so grateful for dr Podkowa and his team!

  • Professional, always taken with a smile. The time is taken to make sure everything is talked about. Instead of being pushed through like your just a number.

  • Dr. Podkowa is an amazing professional; very well informed, very caring and competent. We are so fortunate to have him as our primary care physician.

  • Staff is friendly and accomadating. I am seen when needed right away. Dr. Podkowa always listens and is very thorough and knows what is going on.

  • Thank you! Dr. Podkowa is a great doctor, always kind and attentive to our health.

  • Nothing, Dr. Podkowa is fabulous in his patient care!

  • Just a great experience from the staff to the awesome doctor!!!

  • I don't mind answering questions, but it's far too many. Thank you.

  • Very happy with my visit

  • Top notch!!Lucky to have such a great doctor in this community.

  • Always a great visit. Dr. Podkowa is amazing and the best Dr. I can not think of one thing that could be changed. Everyone in this office is excellent. I recommend this office to everyone!

  • Everyone in Dr Padkowa office is pleasant and easy to speak with and I would have no problem asking questions about anything and rest assured that they would be very respectful and responsive

  • A need to have test results shared with all of the patients providers

  • Dr. Podkowa is always a good listener and takes the to answer all of my questions.

  • Dr. Podkowa is great PCP. He is very attentive and always listens to me.

  • My appointment went very well. He is an excellent doctor.

  • I always have a great experience when I see my provider even when the news may not be as good.I have time to ask questions and talk about other issues if I need to do so. Everyone treats me with respect and is always helpful.

  • Dr. Podkowa is a very gifted and gracious Doctor. He listens and works hard to give you the best care he can. So very thankful to God for him!

  • Dr. Podkowa is an excellent doctor and wonderful person. South coast is very fortunate to have him on staff.

  • My doctor is excellent and everybody in the office is so friendly and very courteous and they know what they're doing

  • everything was aok

  • All good doctor is awsome

  • Every time I visit the office, they are so kind, supportive, they're quick, I never have to wait. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Podkowa and his staff.

  • Dr. Podkowa always listens.. truly listens and gives amazing ideas on improving my health.

  • It was my first and he was very through and kind

  • Very satisfied with my PC

  • The only regret I have is that I did not secure Dr.Podkowa as my PCP soonerHe is compassionate, really listens to me and puts an effort to never make me feel rushed. The entire office always greets me with professionalism, competence and empathy

  • Dr. Podkowa has been my primary care physician for over 10 years. He is always friendly, compassionate and supportive, as well as thorough in his examination, and in the questions he asks to make determinations. I have total faith in his abilities to make recommendations and provide guidance on any health issues.

  • Always a very comfortable experience. Staff very accommodating and pleasant. Friendly and welcoming staff. Dr Podkawa is outstanding.I have total confidence that he is taking excellent care of my health.

  • Dr Podkowa pays close attention to what I was saying. He answered all my questions without feeling rushed. Great Dr!

  • Dr Podkowa is an incredible doctor and even better person. He is compassionate, thoughtful and attentive to my needs and concerns. He is always available when needed. I would give him a 100 if I could.

  • Dr. Podkowa and his support staff help with health issues in a kind, patient, caring but knowledgeable, and professional manner. I always feel like I have been heard as I walk out of this office and therefore can heal totally. This type of support is so appreciated and gives me such hope.

  • Exceptional primary physician, the best primary I have ever had and I have many in the past over the years. I have been with this primary since 2007. His professionalism also extends throughout his entire staff, they are all awesome.

  • Dr Podkowa sets the bar as to what a PCP should be. He takes his time, listens, and genuinely cares for his patients. I have been with him from the start and couldn't be more happier.

  • Dr is always so personal.

  • Everyone there cares!

  • The medical assistant explained the Medicare requirements

  • Everyone was very courteous and knew how to do their job.

  • I have no complaints. I was seen on time. Everything went well.

  • Great overall experience from front desk thru the appointment until I departed, I couldn't have been more pleased.

  • Prompt, courteous, personal attention. Dr. Podkowa looked at and spoke directly at me as opposed to the computer screen.

  • I am very satisfied with the care I received from Dr Podkowa and his staff.

  • patient medical history knowledge, courtesy, and professional approach is what patients need and what this provider team utilizes throughout process

  • Dr. Podkowa asked the right questions and focused on all my needs during this meeting. He is an absolutely knowledgeable and caring physician.

  • The staff was very helpful and courteous.I particularly like that my healthcare provider listens and always takes the time needed to discuss any questions and not make me feel rushed.

  • Dr. Podkowa is top notch and always listens. I enjoy going to my appointments with him.

  • It is unusual today to have a doctor spend almost an hour talking to you about your health. I am so delighted to have John Podkowa as my pcp and his office has been incredibly on top of any follow up appointments etc. that we discussed.The facility is quiet and clean and modern and there was no wait at all to see the doctor.

  • Staff was great and friendly and explained everything well. Dr. was very personable and informed.

  • I got an immediate appointment. And was given a clear plan to resolve my issue.

  • I sent Dr. Podkowa a follow-up question through the My Chart message. Dr. Podkowa answered in a timely manner.

  • Always there for us.

  • He is extremely knowledgeable and takes time to explain everything in order for the patient to understand their health issues.He is kind, caring and compassionate during my most difficult times.The true definition of a physician.

  • Everything was great, no complaints.

  • Awesome office staff, awesome medical staff. Everyone cares and it shows!

  • Everyone, from check-in to check-out were delightful, friendly, helpful, and did everything possible to make this a pleasant and fruitful visit.

  • Always a pleasure seeing Dr. Podkowa. Total professional. I wish he was accepting new patients so my 18-year-old son could see him, as well.

  • Dr Podkowa is genuinely one of the best doctors I've had the pleasure of interacting with.

  • You always listen.

  • Called first thing in AM, requesting appt or script for what I thought was ear infection. Within 30 minutes, they scheduled me within the hour for appt w the doctor. All good, got antibiotic script and am now on the mend. I don't think I could ask for a better total experience…

  • First day with Dr. Podkowa! Very professional and thorough! I wouldn't have wanted anything to be different! From front staff, nurse, to the Dr. himself! Thank you!!

  • The doctor was very prepared for my visit and was able to review recent lab results very clearly. He listened carefully and asked appropriate questions.His mood was compassionate and patient. Overall, he created and promoted an environment of trust.

  • Everything went well and everything looks good.

  • The doctor did not try to rush me. He listened carefully and made sure he understood why I needed to see him.

  • I have 2 excellent doctors and I am very happy with my care.

  • Best PCP I've ever had

  • Staff was very courteous and friendly. It would've been nice to have had some music involved.

  • Wonderful service, experience and care at this office. All staff encounter were kind, attentive and respectful. Dr. Podkowa always listens intently to my concerns and together we decide on a plan. It is a relationship were I can comfortably and freely express all my health concerns and always feel cared for . I appreciate this so much as an RN who is the one always delivering care, to being the one receiving it. Grateful!

  • Doctor Podkowa , is the best doctor I have ever had, so fortunate to have him as my primary care doctor he's so down to earth easy to talk to and very thorough

  • Dr. Podkowa is the absolute best. Well informed, knowledgeable and always makes me feel better about my health.

  • Dr. Podkowa always asks good questions and answers my questions. he is thoughtful, careful and caring.

  • Everything was perfect. Dr. Podkowa and his staff are caring and courteous.

  • It was an efficient and thorough appointment. Very professional! There is nothing that could have made my experience better! I so glad I switched from Hawthorn Medical to Southcoast and Dr. Podkowa and I tell everyone!

  • Dr. Podkowa is the best! I would recommend him to anybody. The office is clean, and the girls are wonderful. I've been with him for 13 years, now.u00A0

  • Office facility great.Dr. Podkowa is a true Professional!

  • Welcoming staff and provider. I never feel rushed and my questions are answered and a plan of cars moving forward is always discussed.

  • Dr. Podkowa is an excellent doctor. He is very caring and compassionate. He will do everything to find a solution to any illness you have. He treats you like family. I would recommend him to anybody

  • I feel extremely fortunate to be a patient in the care of this team. They are competant and caring. I always feel comfortable and confident that I am receiving the best care possible.

  • It's not an accident this man has been my provider for years.

  • Dr. Podkowa is an amazingly wonderful and knowledgeable physician. He takes his time asking and answering questions that are important for my health. He is also interested in other providers I see for my health. I am blessed to have him and his awesome team involved in my healthcare.

  • Dr. Podkowa is without question the best PCP I have ever had. He is always on top of my health situation and provides extordinary care.

  • Dr Podkowa is an extremely good physician

  • Outstanding and trustworthy care

  • Provider answered my questions thoroughly and gave me the time I needed. He is very caring.

  • Very thorough. Answered all my questions.

  • I would not want any other provider. Dr Podkowa and staff are wonderful.

  • Everyone in this office is friendly, caring, and professional. I cannot think of anything that would improve my experience.

  • You did well by hiring Dr. Podkowa when you did, if there were more doctors like him, what a wonderful world this would be. Dr. Podkowa is wonderful, kind, compassionate doctor, and so very caring and has a wonderful staff. Thank you.

  • Everyone was very professional, courteous, and truly cared about my well-being. I have one of the best doctors I could ever have.

  • Very professional from the staff to the physician

  • Always treated very well on every visit

  • Just want the best care

  • Dr. Podkowa and his staff is the best group of professionals I have ever had!

  • A super process for referral. Dr podkowa recommended specific practitioners, and staff actually called and quickly made appointments for me. I was astounded and very appreciative. Excellent staff and personal help from dr podkowa (smart, good listener, answered questions directly) to everyone in the office

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