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John Podkowa, Jr., DO

4.9 out of 5 (379 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 (73)

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.

  • Called for an emergency visit he took me right away. Listen to my concerns and we came up with a treatment plan. Excellent service.

  • Great doctor. Top notch!!!!

  • Dr podkowa and his staff are second to none

  • Have no issues

  • On time appointment and my doctor like always was very informative and thorough.

  • The provider was on task knew exactly what the problem was and corrected what he knew best that he could do and talk to Boston doctors and work together and was came up with a great solution for my sinus headaches and great medicines. Thank you so much.

  • Dr Podkowa is an amazing doctor, kind and listen to your concerns

  • Everything was great!!

  • He is so good to me always

  • I feel that my PCP is outstanding and has an excellent staff that look to provide a professional yet caring experience. I have the utmost confidence in my PCP's expertise and his staff to follow though in providing excellent care.

  • It was very helpful that the video conferencing. You know was something that well as I said his video I wasn't expecting it, but I appreciate it very much being able to see Dr. Podkowa and was greatly appreciative of his help online. Just as much as being in the office with him since I didn't need to be actually seen. Thank you so much. 

  • Pleasure is speaking with everyone, very nice and helpful.

  • We had a Teleheath appointment and it couldn’t have gone better! While Covid-19 is here, it’s comforting to know I can see my doctor face to face, rather than an office visit. I am very thankful to Dr. Podkowa and all the staff at Southcoast!

  • The telephone visit was well. My provider provided me with plenty of answers. Unfortunately, there were no test kits available for patients to be tested for the covid-19 with the symptoms that I had. Thank you.

  • Dr Podkowa is simply THE BEST. Kind, caring, calm, sense of humor, compassionate, knowledgeable. THE BEST.Appointment by phone is good during this time of corona virus.

  • the website is working well for me, and the telephone physical with Dr. Podkowa was right on time and productive.

  • Fast service friendly staff highly recommended one the best hospitals in area .

  • Dr. Podkowa is an excellent physician. I feel I can ask anything and receive an honest answer. The registration staff is wonderful as is the person who signed me out. Thank you for such professionalism.

  • Dr. Podkowa is an outstanding outstanding family practitioner. He knows my history very well. He looked at psycho social, he asked psycho social questions. He is outstanding. Thank you.

  • Please teach your medical techs to introduce themselves by name when they bring a patient into a room.

  • Dr Podkawa is an excellent doctor and knows me and my health better then i do, as if he is my own personal care taker.

  • Always fast, timely...

  • Dr. Podkowa is the BEST!

  • Took time to listen and explain things. Showed that he was interested and cared about me.

  • Everyone was extremely professional and knowledgeable

  • Dr Podkowa listened to everything I had to ask as I am a new patient. It’s a big change for me as my old doctor retired and now have to start anew. Was satisfied with my new doctor Dr Podkowa. He listened, answered my questions and gave me good things to do with the problems that I had.

  • In my mind, the doctor and his staff - their credentials, experience, demeanor and service - determines if the healthcare group is a good one or a bad healthcare group. The amount a time and quality of the time the doctor spends with someone is what counts, not his/her promptness or how long the wait to see him/her is. The ability to get an appointment with the doctor when a person is ill or has an unusual medical need is extremely important also. There should not be pressure or emphasis on the number of people the doctor sees.

  • I arrived almost an hour early for my appointment, and they saw me early. This office is so efficient, and kind and caring. I always feel like I am in good hands.

  • I was seen promptly and all my concerns were a severed.Dr. Podkowa is an excellent doctor who cares about his my health.I'm fortunate to have him

  • Very organized. Very Respectful and very transparent.

  • Service and treatment by the stuff is always fine with I go there.

  • I am more than happy with Dr Podkowa and his team

  • Dr addressed all our concerns and answered all our questions

  • I had a great visit

  • Since I have been a patient at the office, my health care experience has been better than any other time of my life. The facility, the personnel and the doctor have been a pleasure to deal with.

  • All good at the moment

  • Dr Podkowa was very pleasant listen to everything I had to say and we came up with a plan to help with my health.

  • As always, everyone was excellent and very professional. I never feel rushed, all my questions are answered. Everyone is very attentive.

  • Dr. Podkowa is very professional very caring

  • Dr. Podkowa is very the best.

  • Very compasionet caring doctor

  • He's very courteous. Fast gets me in on time don't have to wait very thorough.

  • The work staff is always so pleasant and easy to talk to !! Wouldn’t go to anyone else both Dr Podkowa and [Name] are the best

  • Dr Podkowa is an amazing doctor who truly cares about me as a patient. He spends time with me and he listens . I am fortunate to have him as my doctor

  • My appointment was for 2:00 pm and I was actually seen at 2:00 pm. I was checking in when the check in clerk alerted my doctor that I was just checking in and would be there in a minute and my visit with the doctor was excellent he talked to me about my health history and wanted to know my concerns and addressed my concerns. It was a great office visit.

  • Love Dr. Podkowa and his team!!!

  • Could not have been a better experience

  • Dr. Podkowa is a fantastic doctor and an even better person. He always remembers my family and things I’ve told him in the past. He’s a great listener and also gives great advice. I would not want any other doctor.

  • I love South Coast , my Dr. & his staff. They are caring, & attentive. I feel safe, cared for, listened to, & feel I am getting the best Health Care. Thank you !!!!

  • Always a pleasure meeting the doctor.

  • Just being able to see the primary right away was a Blessing.

  • The best place I ever had always

  • fast check in and my primary care physician is always quick with little waiting time. I leave there feeling like he cares and always ask me if I have any concerns. He goes right through all my health issues and my medications.Please do not make any changes.

  • Always a wonderful experience with my physician and his staff

  • I arrived and with taken promptly actually 5 minutes early. Everybody was caught very kind courteous seems very knowledgeable. All my questions were answered to my satisfaction. I just enjoyed the experience. If you could enjoy it a doctor visit I enjoyed it very much. I would come anytime and I would recommend that office to anyone.

  • My care provider is the best

  • The Doctor lisened to every word i said & how i was feeling.

  • My appointment could not have been more efficient and professional.

  • My entire experience today from the ease of parking, the greetings from the nice ladies at the information desk, to check in to the personable medical assistant who took my vitals, and of course, my speedy but extremely thorough appointment with Dr Podkowa was excellent. My needs were met in a timely matter, enabling me to get to work on time. Always a phenomenal experience with Dr Podkowa and his staff!

  • Everyone was wonderful and professional.

  • Right from the check in to the office everyone was polite and made me feel comfortable with the visit

  • The front desk receptionist was so friendly and pleasant while scheduling my future appointment as well as a new referral appointment. As for Dr Podkowa- I cannot say enough positive things about him. He is kind and compassionate, he listens and is reassuring. He is not judgemental and he gets that life is not always accommodating to doing what you are supposed to. He gives gentle reminders and encourages you to take care of yourself. I feel lucky to have him as my PCP after a horrible experience with a PCP prior to Dr Podkowa. He is an asset to SouthCoast Physicians Group.

  • Needs to improve:Too greater a delay at "sign-in" asking for the same information every time.Too few persons at "sign-in" desks = more of my time wasted standing in line.

  • I was seen timely. Dr. Podkowa is a great asset to SouthCoast Health. He listens and always takes the time to address my questions.

  • Dr Podkowa is great and he listens. Top notch care from him

  • Dr. Podkowa's staff is amazing and Dr Podkowa's attention to detail is impressive. So happy to have finally found a physician who listens and actually physically examines the patient. Who would have thunk it?[Name]

  • Love Dr Podkowa and his staff

  • Dr. Podkowa is excellent.

  • He does everything I need. I'm really happy with them and I recommend to somebody else.

  • Dr. Podkowa and his staff are excellent care givers. Even though it is a busy office, you feel as if you are the only one there. Thank you!

  • Dr Podkowa was accommodating is seeing me when he did instead of waiting 4+months for a reschedule. Always up-front and direct when speaking with me and genuinely cares.

  • Everything was great as usual

  • Dr Podkowa is the best PCP I have ever had. He is caring, really listens and genuinely cares about his Pts.The office staff are also very nice.

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