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Joseph Costa, DO

4.9 out of 5 (210 Ratings)


Family Medicine / Primary Care

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About Joseph Costa

Dr. Costa is a board certified specialist in family medicine and practices at Southcoast Physicians
Group in Fairhaven. He is also a staff physician at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Costa completed his residency in family medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pa., where he also served as chief resident.

He is a clinical assistant professor in family medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Dr. Costa is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians and the Massachusetts Medical Society.


Joseph practices at the following locations:

Southcoast Physicians Group Family Medicine

208 Mill Road
Fairhaven, MA 02719

P: 508-758-3781

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 (30)

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.

  • Best for COVID times

  • Good alternative due to health and weather. Always better in person though. Dr did not have all test results from recent hospital visit.

  • Under the circumstances, (COVID) this was the best way to complete my yearly physical. It by no means replaces an in-person physical and all that is involved during that visit.

  • Yeah, Dr. Costa is a professional and I really enjoy talking with him, and he really has my best interest all the time. And I really enjoy talking to him and he's really help me with some through some real medical issues. So I definitely give him a 10. Thank you.

  • Today I found out that my primary doctor is retiring. I am devastated. I have been with this doctor for 30 years. I was told no one in this office could take me as a new patient. I can't believe it. It was like no one cared.

  • No improvement needed. I was extremely satisfied with my visit.

  • I am very happy with service provided by Southcoast Health.No improvements needed.

  • Dr Costa has been my PCP for decades. I consider myself fortunate to have a doc who is highly intelligent, caring, well versed in so many areas of health, and a dog who does not rush through the visit. I was diagnosed with MS at 27, and MM at 59 (13 years ago). I have had no need for a specialist for handling the MS issues that arise, and Dr Costa has maintained contact with Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where I am enrolled in a clinical trial. I could not have chosen a better doctor.

  • Dr. Costa is awesome, if I could I would give him an 11!

  • Screened well for covidCaring,professional, attentive staffLogging in to get blood work after my appt was easy but a bit confusing once I got in. Woman told me I need 2 call next time for the appt and do on line. It was the md office that set up the bl work.

  • The lab technician was not very good.

  • Appointment was on time.

  • Overall excellent, I would next time say to schedule blood work in time with appointment so you don't have to come back 1 hour later or a different day

  • Everything was great

  • Wishing that the lab work that I have with every quarterly checkup was scheduled on the same day so that I don't have to return - preventing further possible exposure.

  • Dr Costa has always allowed for plenty of time and open to discussion about my health. I appreciate our frank discussions and his listening to my concerns.

  • Timely appointment,friendly staff. Always treats me like a friend as well as a patient.

  • Was the best under these times.

  • Nothing would have improved my experience. It was and always is excellent..

  • Everything was very professional.

  • Dr. Costa ALWAYS takes the time to listen- never feel Or get the feeling of being rushed . We NEED more Dr. Costa’s in the system.Linda at the front reception/ check- in area has ALWAYS been kind and courteous.

  • Always have a good experience. Have had same doctor for years. He's tops for me.

  • I have always been happy with South Coast

  • Everyone I spoke to was very helpful and knew about my health and also the problem I had about 2 weeks before my physical

  • Dr. Costa is the best!

  • Dr. Costa and his staff always listen to what I have to say, or concerned and informed and I just feel like they take really good care of all of us. I really couldn't ask for a better doctor.

  • I had a good experience with the receptionist, nurses' assistant and the physician. [Name] at the checkout was pleasant and helpful as always.

  • Always, always, Friendly, prompt, caring. Very pleasant office

  • Responsive

  • Everything was fine. We are good friends with Dr. Costa, known him for years, and my husband was place to talk with him. Thank you.

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