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John Podkowa, Jr., DO

4.9 out of 5 (405 Ratings)


Internal Medicine / Primary Care

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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 (100)

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.

  • 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.

  • Everyone should have aDr Podkowa as there doctor-caring and brilliant.

  • I was able to change my in person visit to telahealth visit which was very important to me during this pandemic. Thank you.

  • I told the doctor something that I was feeling but I can't really describe it and he knew exactly how to describe it he described right to the T.

  • Was happy with the visit

  • Dr. Pidkowa and his entire staff are excellent. I feel blessed to have Dr. Podkowa as my primary. He saved my life and I will always remember him for that.

  • Efficient, friendly, thorough

  • Hi, Dr. Podkowa is the best. He's compassionate, caring, knowledgeable, friendly, good sense*

  • everything was done well

  • Being able to do this by phone was not only convenient but also gave me peace of mind to not have to be put in a possible unsafe situation. I am an older person with several health conditions and for me this was much easier .

  • Always extremely professional and courteous. Makes going to the doctor enjoyable and pleasant as they truly care about me and my health.

  • Dr. Podkowa is exceptional. He has an ornate ability to make the office a comfortable atmosphere. This environment allows patients to discuss any concerns they may have and essentially promote better health.

  • I have always had a good experience with my provider. He always is kind and considerate and listens to my questions or input about any concerns that I might have about my health. His staff is always helpful and able to answer questions if I have any.

  • Please with all services

  • Southcoast, Dr. Podkowa and his staff are great.

  • Dr. Podkowa took definitely a lot of time to explain things and a lot of patience for a family member of mine that was with me. He did an excellent job. Thank you.

  • Dr. Podkawa is absolutely professional and does a great job… He always is up-to-date on my progress and anything that’s going on I can’t ask for a better provider he’s the reason I stay with south coast

  • Nothing; it was on time, friendly, thorough.

  • Dr. Podkowa takes the time to listen and talk with you.

  • The staff in the office are always considerate, very friendly. Dr. Podkowa is extremely good. He's caring. He's ... listens to you. He's ... genuinely takes care of his patients. We should have all of South Coast doctors like him.

  • Excellent visit

  • My provider is very helpful and listens to me he is very caring

  • My experience was very very good.

  • Love Dr. Podkowa and his team.A++++ as always.

  • Dr podkowa is an excellent physician and is always willing to listen and answer all my questions..

  • Dr. John Podkowa has always been the most efficient, professional, informative, caring, supportive doctor I could possibly imagine. And so I really appreciate everything he does for me, and how he helps. And his assistants have also been top notch in every way. And so we really appreciate, I really appreciate the good health care they've given me for years. Thank you.

  • Everything was good

  • Dr Podkowa is always knowledgeable, kind, and caring. I feel fortunate to be his patient.

  • Everybody in the office is pleasant to deal with

  • Yes, I find John is always aware of my my health benefits and things that I needed. He always respond in a timely fashion. I highly recommend him to anyone and everyone. He's a very very very good doctor and his staff and his office I think we up to the task. They're very caring. They make me feel extremely important.

  • Dr. Podkowa is very kind and very thorough and knowledgable.

  • From the time I walked through the door and they took my temperature at a distance, I felt safe. Everyone was friendly and courteous and wore a mask and gloves. The wait was short, and my visit with the doctor was pleasant and informative. I think they did everything they possible could to ensure that I felt relaxed, and to keep me safe during my appointment.

  • Dr Podkowa is excellent!. Very caring, very informed, Great listener and just a wonderful medical professional!

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