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John Podkowa, Jr., DO

4.9 out of 5 (440 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 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 (90)

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.

  • 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 .

  • Serve coffee and donuts. Being serious, everything is just fine. Couldn't ask for a better PC Dr. Podkowa and NP's are great.

  • This was my introduction to Dr. Podkowa. He listened, answered all of my questions, explained things in laymen's terms and I did not feel rushed. If first impressions mean anything, I would put him at the top of my list of PCP's I have ever had.

  • I never feel rushed with Dr. Podkowa, he always listens and offers sound medical advice. I highly recommend him as a physician.

  • It's always a pleasure to see my doctor

  • You might want to train the staff to ask these questions about goals for my health during the previsit process.

  • Dr. Podkowa is always very engaged as my PCP and very knowledgeable concerning my medical difficulties and what I need to do to improve my quality of life. He is encouraging when talking with me about what I need to do to manage my health.

  • They are always friendly and very helpful.

  • Everyone was very professional and courteous, also always a smile. The entire staff was concerned about making sure my needs were addressed. A most pleasant experience in every way and I rely on them for my health.

  • Dr Really cared…didn't rush and he knew my history.Excellent Doctor

  • Everything was just great

  • Best doctor ever, very courteous and thorough. Thank you.

  • More time for appointment.

  • Every visit I've ever had to Dr. Podkowa is office. As always been extremely efficient. I can't say enough really good things about Dr. Podkowa and his staff and the whole office. It's just been a very caring supportive. Really great experience environment there. And very much, appreciate his support and his excellent care.

  • Support staff friendly and professional but still does not introduce themselves by name.I find this at all South coast facilities and have mentioned it in all my surveys. I worked in son's ed for 20 years and always introduced myself to my patients by my name and my title so they knew what they could expect of me.

  • Everyone nice! Dr pakowa a very professional and caring

  • Dr.Podkowa is fantastic!

  • Easy registration and extremely timely visit with minimal wait.

  • Dr. Podkowa and his team are great. I am always greeted with a smile and receive a thorough physical.

  • Dr. Podkowa is awesome. He's gentle. He's empathetic. He is a very smart man and I really enjoy him and I would recommend him to all my family.

  • Dr Podkowa and his staff addressed my concern without delay, which resulted in an emergent hospital admission.Several hours earlier, I waited over 3 hours in the SLH ER for the same symptoms of abdominal pain and nausea. After 3 hours, I told the nurse I needed to lie down. The nurse was rude, replying that every patient in the waiting room would prefer to be lying down. As a long term employee of Southcoast Health, I would never have spoken to a patient that way. I had to leave without being examined because I was in too much pain to continue sitting for an undetermined additional length of time. Thank God for Dr Podkowa and his staff, who helped me get the medical care I needed.

  • Dr. Podkowa is fantastic. He got me in immediately for my appointment after I had an emergency cancellation and his assistant Nicole,fantastic. listened to me. I brought up new concerns with Dr. Podkowa and immediately made arrangements to take care of those concerns and other appointments were set up for me. He cares, he's an excellent physician. I am a lucky to have him. And my name is [Name] [Name] and I want people to know this. Thank you.

  • I am very happy with my provider, he takes the time to listen and gives good advise.

  • Hi, Dr. Podkowa is probably the greatest doctor I've ever had. He always seems to know what's going o, he cares, he listens, he's compassion and he's an excellent provider.

  • Everyone was very professional, knowledgeable and courteous.

  • Always friendly, yet professional, all questions answered, never had a bad experience.

  • It's always a positive experience seeing Dr Podkowa.


  • My provider listened to me , provided input, and came up with a plan if I was still having issues. Alway very helpful and pleasant. The office staff are also very helpful and set up the teleconference. Was a positive experience when I was not feeling well. Thank you!

  • No complaints.

  • There is none

  • Everyone in this office was extremely polite and well mannered, as well, professional. It is ALWAYS a pleasure going to see my PCP and the staff.

  • He's a good doctor. He does help me. With my little problem I have been having anxiety. Alright, have a good day.

  • Hi. What you guys did well is the follow up after the initial meeting was great cuz we got all of our appointments scheduled. The only thing that, you know, Dr. Podkowa is, you know, really really friendly and you know, just seems to care a lot and have a great demeanor. The only negative was some of the information that I provided to the, I guess the physician assistant or maybe it was the nurse was not reflected correctly on my report that was been provided to Dr. Podkowa, when I went to meet with them, so, that's the only negative but I believe we have corrected those. Goodbye.

  • There is nothing that you could do or Dr. Podkowa's office could do to improve our experience. Every time we visited there, everyone has been polite cooperative, professional. Dr. Podkowa is a truly fabulous gentleman and we are very, very lucky to have him for our, for a physician. His whole group of people likewise very friendly, very professional, very cooperative, in all regards. I just can't say enough good about them. Thank you.

  • Dr. Podkowa is the best!!

  • we love Dr. John Podkowa

  • Dr P and his office staff was wonderful.

  • My Doctor is a good person and he does a great job and I am thankful that I have him as my Doctor.

  • Experience great. I was a physician in this office for many years. This is a comment I mean constructively. This is not really a "family medicine office" , it is an Internal Medicine office. Internal medicine is what Dr Podkowa went to medical school for. Thank you.

  • This was our first introduction to Dr. Padkowa as our new primary care physician. We were positively impressed.

  • Don't change anything

  • Such a fantastic experience!! Always attentive!! Always available! I couldn't ask for a better physicianu00A0

  • Dr Podkowa, [Name] and [Name] always makes me feel special and they listen to what I have to say and accomadate me when they can which is always !! I would not go anywhere else love themu00A0

  • Please don't request this survey after every one of my visits!

  • Yes, thank you. My name is [Name] [Name] and I visited Dr. Podkowa first time and as a primary care physician for me, and I was really impressed he asked me some very good questions. Even one including about the status of my dental health, not mental, but dental health, which I thought was very important too. I was there only for a medical reference, but I was very impressed and have a regularly scheduled physical scheduled in October with him. I look forward to seeing him again on that at that time and I considered all his questions and conversation to be valuable and I'm looking forward to a follow up visit. Thank you.

  • The only thing I do not understand is the unavailability of the lab. I understand the COVID precautions but not being able to get my labs done before or after seeing the doctor is frustrating. Now I have to make another visit to get my labs done which is not until June!!!

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