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John Podkowa, Jr., DO

4.9 out of 5 (471 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 (139)

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  • As always, Dr. Podkowa and his staff were very attentive!!!

  • Dr. Podkowa is a pleasure to deal with. I look forward to my appointments. His advise is spot on. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

  • I really like how this provider goes over all the issues at the end of the visit and makes sure all concerns have been covered and addressed.

  • Dr. Podkowa is very attentive and understands a patient's concerns. He offers solid advice and take a realistic approach.

  • Dr. Podkowa and the entire medical staff are awesome. Always on time and extremely pleasant. Thank you.

  • Dr. Podkowa is kind compassionate. Professional friendly. Has a great sense of humor. Is concerned about the patient. Best physician I worked with.

  • Dr. Podkowa is a very professional kind and caring, physician. South Coast Hospital should be grateful they have a physician like him on their staff. Thank you.

  • Staff is helpful and pleasant

  • Best Doctor and best staff I have ever had!!

  • Very satisfy with my provider

  • for today's visit I could not have expected better service or conduct than I received. the dr.'s staff and the staff at the imaging department were excellent. thank you.

  • Very happy with my Dr and his staff. Always responsive when we need them explains things so we understand even calls back on weekends if needed.The best.

  • Dr Podkowa is one of the best providers at Southcoast .He is always very inattentive and caring. I couldn't ask for a better physician. He always takes time to make sure you're comfortable and that all your concerns are addressed.

  • Seen in a timely manner. Dr is great.

  • Prompt friendly respectful professional service. Exceeded all expectations. This is coming from a very critical retired physician! Dr Podkowa is a superb physician. His medical assistant, [Name] was top notch as well!

  • John was kind, personable, and efficient. I'm glad to have him as my PCP moving forward. Also, [Name] did a great job scheduling me and getting me in quickly; I appreciate her handling of my appointment.

  • Excellent staff, very happy with my new Doctor!

  • Quick, easy and convenient. Also, Dr. Podkowa is as genuine and professional as it gets

  • Excellent care.

  • I needed a new primary care provider and was thrilled to get an appointment scheduled in a timely manner.

  • I always have a good experience during my visits. Everyone treats me with respect and are friendly and informative. Always willing to answer questions.

  • They were helpful and kind.

  • Dr.Podkowa was exceptional. It feels incredible to have a provider that took their time and genuinely want to listen to any questions or concerns. I feel so fortunate to have this type of care from my primary physician.

  • Dr Podkowa and his staff are wonderful!! Everyone is always so friendly and professional and I always can get an appointment when needed…

  • Both Dr. Podkowa and the staff members were very attentive.

  • I had a great experience at Southcoast

  • There is nothing at this time. The doctor and staff were very attentive and polite. They were all extremely helpful. it was a pleasure going into that practice for the first time.

  • Dr. Podkwa and his staff are a true credit to South Coast!!

  • Top notch doctor with the best staff! I Wouldn't see anyone else!!

  • Dr. Podkowa is a great addition to the South Coast Hospital. He is genuine, takes the time to listen to you and references prior tests and scans to validate his understanding.

  • Anytime I visit my doctor, Dr Podkowa and his staff it's always pleasurable. When I first see the nurses they always make sure I'm OK ask me questions, make sure I'm OK. Then when Dr Podkowa comes in he is just so awesome. He always ask about my family my husband make sure I'm doing good asks if I'm safe ask if I have enough I support. Just so kind. I told him what's been going on and he books the appointments that I needed to figure out what's going on. I got my husband and my two boys would talk to [Name] I'm just so glad we're at the same place. Dr Podkowa's office is just amazing and all who work there are just so sweet. Thank you.

  • Excellent experience!

  • Dr. Podkawa is knowledgeable and I feel as though he cares about my health. I am not just a customer. The nurses also is also cares about my health and always asks me if I feel like I am living in a safe environment and if I am getting all my medication.

  • Love my Dr. Please don't over work him. Take care of your provider's and support staff.

  • I was very satisfied with my visit I no sooner checked in sat down and my name was called and very soon after entering the exam room I was seen. It was a great visit everyone was professional and courteous.

  • John Podkowa, [Name] [Name] and their staff are absolutely wonderful. Thanks for providing me excellent care! [Name] [Name]

  • Greatest Doctor ever! Caring kind and a great listener. 10 plus

  • It was a pleasant visit with Doctor John Podkowa and his team.

  • Everyone was incredibly friendly.

  • Dr. Podkowa is i.m.o. a very good guy and doctor. Always treats me well! Same with his staff!I don't have to sit around waiting, either. People who hate going to see a doctor, try Dr. Podkowa, he's a cool guy!

  • Dr. Podkowa is an amazing doctor and knows his patients very well I highly recommend him.

  • Very open and friendly! Helped me relax.

  • Dr Podkowa and his staff are excellent…

  • The staff were extremely friendly and the Dr. was fantastic, he gave me all the time needed to cover health issues that were important to me.

  • Dr Podcowa and [Name] [Name] are the Best !!!! And the office staff is wonderful as well always happy when I've left there

  • The experience was as well as can be. I felt very much cared for by all.

  • Dr. Podkowa always listens and provides support and will refer to another provider when needed. The office is always very helpful and follow thru with referrals.

  • I'm always pleased with the efficiency of all the staff and their friendly manner. My health care provider always takes time to listen and inquires about many aspects of my health. It's a great group!

  • Dr Podkowa truly listens to my concerns, offers his medical advice and is personable. SHG is blessed to have him part of their team!!!

  • Always a pleasant experience going to Dr Podkowa's office.

  • I felt validated and heard as a patient with serious health concerns. It was a very positive experience.

  • Care and support aok. TY.

  • It's all good!

  • Nothing to improve with Dr. Podkowa. He is great, always attentive and listens to his patients.

  • Everyone I interacted with was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful.

  • 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

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