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John Podkowa, Jr., DO

4.9 out of 5 (450 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:

Southcoast Physicians Group Internal Medicine

208 Mill Road 2nd Floor
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 (131)

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  • New to the area and needed a local internist. I was referred to Dr. John Podkowa by a local trauma surgeon whom I knew. Dr. Podkowa accepted my request promptly, and I found him courteous, knowledgeable, attentive and professional. My future health care is in the best of hands. [Name]u00A0

  • The entire experience was perfect.

  • Professional, efficient, knowledgeable.

  • Dr. Podkowa is easy to talk with and made me feel comfortable. He is up to date with the latest science especially with the subject of longevity. I feel he gives great medical advice and cares about my health.

  • Everything went (INAUDIBLE) I like the visit (INAUDIBLE).

  • Everyone was extremely professional and very friendly! This was my first visit and I felt very comfortable!

  • No improvement necessary. I have no complaints

  • I found the entire visit excellent.

  • The staff and dr listened and cared and took there time

  • The fact that I am treated like a family friend not a chart number.

  • No improvement needed here with this primary's office. Highly organized, very professional, in which they provide exemplary care. The BEST. Our community should consider themselves very blessed and extremely fortunate to have such high quality care available.

  • My appointment was prompt. It was for 10:30, I think I probably was called in at 10:34. Everyone was courteous, very friendly, smiles on their faces. The doctor was a good listener. I have nothing but accolades to say about my my appointment with my primary care physician.

  • Everyone was very caring and really helpful

  • I must tell you I could not be happier with Doctor Podkowa and those in the Southcoast System to whom he has referred me. This is particularly true of Dr [Name] in urology and Dr [Name] in Neurology . I also understand that Dr [Name] who is a cardiologist is coming over from The [Name] Group. His guidance and his willingness to take additional time [Name] explain thing to me has been similar to what I have come to expect from Southcoast

  • I am a new patient and so impressed with [Name] and Dr. Podkowa. They are so understanding, just what I have been looking for all my life. I feel very good about their philosophy and vibe.Sincerely,u00A0[Name]

  • Everything was wonderful; above expectation.Thanks to Dr. Podkowa and his staff of a job well done.


  • Wonderful people/staff! Dr Podkowa is kind smart and caring. He's the best!

  • I wouldn't trade my PCP for any other doctor

  • Dr. Podkowa is awesome. I cannot say enough great things about him. I'm extremely happy to have him as my primary!!!

  • He is a great doctor with a great bedside manner. He listens to you and will do everything to help you out. He is personable and compassionate and very knowledgeable. I would recommend him to anybody. I feel very comfortable with him as my doctor. I trust him and know I can rely on him with any kind of questions about any medical condition or any issues that I'm having. It is a pleasure to have him as my doctor.

  • Excellent care. He is an asset to Southcoast

  • Dr Podkowa and staff are excellent

  • Dr. Pokowa and staff are wonderful!

  • This office, the entire practice is fantastic. I've never had such a great office experience. Thanks for having that doctor on staff, as well as all of his staff.

  • The provider listened and cared and got a prescription asap for me

  • The doctor listen to me and asked me questions and spoke to me about my concerns was very kind.

  • From scheduling, to professionalism of staff and the compassion of the Provider, Dr. Podkowa I can't say enough about the exceptional treatment I received! If I could rate it higher than 10 I would!!

  • Long term doctor who has my complete confidence.

  • Dr Podkowa is the best

  • Great listener. Competent practitioner.

  • Entire team was excellent!

  • Friendly and efficient staff.Excellent doctor.Don't change anything.

  • Dr Podkowa and his staff couldn't have been better.

  • Dr. Podkowa is a great doctor that takes the time to listen and offer advice. He really cares about his patients.

  • I'm so grateful have such a wonderful doctor and his support staff. You guys are awesome. Thank you!

  • His the best

  • I felt my visit to Dr. Podkowa was comprehensive compassionate and complete.

  • Got me rate in, answered all my questions, very patient and thorough. 11/10

  • I am always taken care of asap and the time is always taken to make sure I get the proper diagnosis and treatment or general health/well-being advice and info.

  • Made appointment in timely manner provider actively listened and provided solutions

  • The Doctor and his staff are very attentive all the time and always polite and helpful. Their serviceand attitude makes ( going to the doctor less stressful) .

  • Excellent great communication. The best doctor ever..great staff

  • All

  • Great Team of professionals!

  • Timely, polite, friendly & personable from A to Z. Never mind the great medical advice I got from Dr. Podkowa.Super terrific. Thanks for being here.

  • Best experience I have ever had at a doctor's office. Everyone is so kind and caring. They truly take the time to listen and understand your needs.

  • Dr. Podkowa and his staff are always excellent. They explain things in a way that are understandable and they do everything with kindness and concern.

  • Best experience with a primary care by far!

  • He listen to my concerns.

  • Dr. Podkowa is a wonderful PCP.

  • My appointment was a very good one. We did have an activation problem with one EKG machine but that was cured by getting another unit to work on me. Each person I interacted with was kind and courteous. I am very pleased with their service and follow-up. It is rare in the Covid-19 era to see proactive care service, but The folks in Dr. Podkowa's office were exceptional.

  • Visiting Dr. Podkowa and his office staff is always a pleasure. Making the appointments and checking in is a breeze. Dr. P always sees me within a very reasonable time and always asks the important questions. Any and all issues I have had in the past have been taken seriously and addressed immediately. I couldn't say enough good things about this group.

  • Organized, on time, made you feel comfortable. Time for every detail.

  • No wait time. Never feel rushed.

  • Best physician ever

  • Dr. Podkowa has been my primary care doctor since 2010. I cannot express enough the care, support and concern .., He listens and addresses any concerns I have that I had over these past years! He is a young doctor with an old doctors soul! He dots every "I" and crosses every "T"!. He by far is the best doctor I have ever had!

  • Outstanding doctor/staff, would recommend them to anyone!

  • Dr. Podkowa is a fantastic PCP and a credit to Southcoast Health.

  • Doc is always so pleasant and ask all the right questions.

  • Dr. Podkowa saw me on time, always greets me with a smile, always is friendly and cares about me. That's nice to have that and we can talk about other things too. He makes you feel comfortable. He's a good doctor and man. Thank you.

  • Everything went extremely well as usual. The medical assistant was pleasant and competent, but, and this is my usual pet peeve when going to any doctor's office, she never introduced herself to me. I'm exposing my chest to her for an ekg, and I don't even know her name!

  • Dr.Podkwa is very personable and has a great bedside manner. He took the time to listen and ask questions about my overall health. He really seemed concerned about how I was doing since the last time that I had seen him. I mentioned that I had a cough only in the morning and at night for a few months and he asked if I had time for a chest x-ray today. I wasn't expecting that at all, which showed that he really cared. I took the x-ray and everything was fine. That department was really great too.


  • I Vote Dr John Podkowa for CEO of Southcoast. He and his team are fabulous. If he becomes Ceo of Southcoast one day. It will be sad, because he couldn't do my bed side patient care. He is a great and I appreciate his passion for us patients. Thank you forever!

  • Excellent all around

  • You guys are the best

  • You really can't say enough great things about dr Podkowa and the staff. Southcoast is VERY lucky to have him

  • All went well,

  • Prompt enough, listens and makes suggestions as needed

  • Dr Podkowa is a kind, empathetic, knowledgeable physician. He actively listens and and provides support when needed. Together we discussed a plan to keep me in the best health. I know if I am challenged with a health problem he will be there to get me through it. I appreciate his care.

  • The Doctor and other professional staff are always very friendly, courteous and attentive to any expressed needs and /or concerns.

  • I am completely satisfied!

  • I always have an amazing experience with Dr. Podkowa. He is personal, empathetic, knows everything about me. If he ever left I would be devastated. He is so compassionate and really cares. I pray this company sees what an asset he is. He's 1 in a million. Please share this comment with him.

  • Everything

  • Everything went fine!

  • Dr. Podkowa is awesome and caring, informed and keeps up with everything is the best thanks.

  • Wonderful office, wonderful visit. Still waiting on a follow up call to schedule a CT scan.

  • Dr. Podkowa is probably the best doctor that you guys have there.

  • Dr Podkowa and his staff are excellent. They are always professional and courteous.

  • Dr. Podkowa and his staff are amazing. So grateful to have him as my primary care doctor.

  • Dr Podkowa is always patient, kind, a great listener and gives great advice. He is one of the best around and would recommend him to all family and friends.

  • This doctor Is one of the kind of gentleman we've ever met. He listens. He is supportive. He cares and he's definite asset to the South Coast. Hospital group.

  • Excellent experience. No improvements needed

  • Quick response with good answers.Provided necessary Rx needed for travel over the phone.

  • Always appreciate the excellent care from Dr Podkowa


  • Taken right on time and Dr. Padkowa always takes as much time as necessary with me.

  • Dr. Podkowa and his team are the best. I am so pleased with his care and concern of my health.

  • He has always been efficient with every problem that I have had and always concerned about me all the time very excellent doctor

  • Everyone was helpful and friendly love Everyone there

  • As always, great facility, atmosphere and professional services. Dr John Podkowa was outstanding.

  • I had a great experience for my first appointment at this office. Everyone was very nice and I was quite comfortable.

  • Dr Podkowa is amazing

  • Nurse was polite & friendly. Dr Podkowa was polite & friendly & thorough. He had a suggestion for my night leg cramps.

  • I am blessed to have Dr Podkowa as my doctor. His assistant, Nicole, was also outstanding

  • Always a pleasant experience staff is professional couldn't ask for a better health care provider like Dr Podkowa he takes the time to make sure all your needs are addressed without being rushed .

  • Dr. Podkowa is not only knowledgeable about my needs but he always takes time to listen, and answer my questions. In my opinion he is an excellent physician!

  • Since the day I started with Dr Podkowa as my primary care Dr I have been extremely happy. He answers messages quickly on MyChart, he has called me directly on certain issues and has be on top of my medical care in all areas.

  • Keep up the good work!

  • Things are made very convenient

  • Dr. Podkowa is the best I've ever seen.

  • Entire staff in Dr. Podkowas office including the doctor and the PA are something Im greatful for and I hope I have them for the rest of my life. I really mean that.

  • The staff is always pleasant and my doctor is excellent.

  • Dr. Podkowa is incredible. He's my favorite doctor and I have several! I highly recommend him.

  • Dr. Podkowa was great. Very attentive, easy to talk to and explains things well.

  • Dr Podkowa took the time to answer all of my questions and truly cares about his patients. He is the perfect example of what patients want in their doctor. I have been very fortunate to have both Dr Grosart and Dr Podkowa as my primary care physicians.

  • Dr. Podkowa is always compassionate. He always knows what's going on with your care. We should have more doctors like him within Southcoast.

  • Dr Podkowa and his staff are awesome. I actually don't mind going to the md office anymore. They are all so pleasant to deal with.

  • My experience was a good experience. I have been seeing this provider for years and I would recommend this provider. This provider takes time to listen to and answer all of my question, when I leave the office I feel well informed in regards to my visit and that my medical needs have all been addressed.

  • Dr. Podkawa was kind and caring and listened attentively.

  • Extremely alert And concerned about my problems. Always asked if I had any questions. Gave me a good checkup and advised me of what I should and should not eat or do.Very polite and neat. A+ .

  • You took the time to listen carefully and respond to all of my concerns. I feel as if my time was well spent. I feel as if I have the best possible plan to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

  • Dr. Podkowa is a great doctor!

  • Dr. Podkowa is responsive, caring and reassuring.

  • Everything was great as usual and does not need improvement in my opinion

  • 1st time with new pcp (previous pcp retired)…Was very satisfied with my initial experience with my new doctor.

  • Dr podkowa is amazing. He truly is the embodiment of more than medicine. He listens to me and helps wherever he can. He follows up where needed. Awesome physician

  • Not a thing

  • S/C has only ONE effective and capable provider Dr. Podkowa and his staff that is why my family goes to [Redacted] or other providers.We voted with our feet due to S/C lab restrictions/appointments the only lab that we use with an appointment requirements, i.e. [Redacted][Redacted][Redacted].We no longer use Heart nor Pulmonary due to what we consider as poor service.

  • The only thing I could say to improve was the fact that I didn't see any signage to tell me where to go. And there was no one at the information desk.

  • Nothing to say all went very well

  • Professional and compassionate! Answered all my health related questions clearly and gave me suggestions on how to improve my health since I no longer am employed. Exercise regimen suggested! Very satisfied

  • Wonderful experience as always. Thank you for your care.

  • Very satisfied

  • Listening was important

  • Great and responsive care...Phlebotomist was also fantastic in the blood draw

  • Dr. Podkowa genuinely cares about his patients. He always comes in with a smile on his face and I never feel that he is rushed

  • Dr. Podkowa takes the time to listen and know the patient and the staff is very nice.

  • Your entrance greeter was rude and asked sensitive questions in front of people. I would like to someone about my experience.

  • I can't say enough good things about Dr Podkowa and his staff. He is always there to listen and care for our well being. He is a role model for what a physician should be .

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