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Joseph Costa, DO

4.8 out of 5 (243 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 (39)

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.

  • 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.

  • I have been seeing Dr. Joseph Costa and or affiliatesfor many years. Beginning with the office staff and or doctors especially the physician I have seen for years (Dr. J. Costa), I feel confident to return whenever I need to see my doctor. Dr. Costa is caring and a great listener as well as very professional.

  • Provided good advice and listened to my concerns

  • Acknowledging that we’re all new to video health visits, the process was a bit clunky. The check-in person called about an hour early. I received a text that it was time for the video call 30 minutes early and when I logged on 15 minutes early, I waited 15 minutes until exactly the time of the original appointment. Just writing it off to the newness of the technology and no worries here.

  • Did a great job during this trying time due to COVID-19, I'm pleased with the service the friendliness I receive at this location, they all do a great job and I thank you for that. Be safe

  • Had a great tele/visual visit with Dr.Costa

  • I had a telephone appointment so some of these Question don't really apply.

  • This was a new experience consulting over the phone, but it was good.

  • I have no complaints Dr. Costa has been timely for me over the years and very receptive to anything I had to say, wonderful man. I'm happy with all service from south coast. Thank you. Bye.

  • Dr. Costa and his staff were very courteous and very helpful and really set my mind at ease on what the issues I was having with. So I would rate them overall 10. I would go there anytime and refer anybody to them.

  • Always down to earth and courteous! Knows me and my family history very well.

  • Dr. Costa is the best!

  • Dr. Joseph A. Costa was Excellent! I think he is the absolute BEST doctor I have ever dealt with and you can pass that info on to him 

  • Dr. Costa and the entire staff are excellent. Everyone at the office was courteous, timely, friendly and knowledgeable. I was having an urgent matter and they saw me right away. I have been a patient if Dr. Costa’s since I was a teenager and cannot begin to tell you how much he has helped me over the years. He is the very best.

  • Love Dr. Joseph Costa

  • I am a long time patient (so am somewhat bias) but everything went well with my visit.

  • Dr. Costa is wonderful. Have been with him for years. The office staff and medical/lab staff are great also... Love Southcoast in Fairhaven...

  • great friendly staff

  • I’ve been seeing this doctor for over thirty five years and I’m still here because of him ......great doctor

  • Dr. Costa and his staff are always caring, nice & helpful whether I call or come in for a visit. In all the years I have been seeing Dr. Costa, I have always had a positive outcome.

  • Dr. Costa and his staff are friendly, respectful and knowledgeable. Much appreciate their care.

  • As always, staff is courteous, friendly and professional. Have been with Dr. Costa for over thirty years and will continue to do so

  • I arrived 15 minutes early. Was seen immediately by receptionist who checked my medical information, I signed in and waited less than 5 minutes before entering the office to see my primary care physician. The nurse took my blood pressure, asked medical information to confirm what was in the computer concerning my history. I then waited less than 10 minutes to actually see my primary care physician. He reviewed what the nurse had done, talked about my medical info. and then proceeded to have my electrocardiogram which my physician then reviewed. All was ok and I moved on to checkout, get the date for my next annual physical and went on to the lab for blood work. All of this was done very smoothly, precisely and without any stress. Southcoast is to be commended for making the experience run so professionally.

  • Very pleasant and friendly staff . Dr Costa is the best very personal and caring.

  • all went well, on time, courteous, friendly and most professional

  • Wait time is always too long.

  • Called in after 4:00, message was taken and was still told to come in!

  • Dr. Costa has been our provider for many years and he always will listen to you and to all your questions and will always give a detailed answer for you and he never rushes you and if I have to wait to see him, I understand because I know he is listening and discussing that patient's situation just as he does myself and my family.

  • I'm satisfied with our appointment today

  • I'm totally satisfied. You don't have to change anything. Everybody was very nice and helpful. Thank you.

  • Nothing to improve. Everything was fine.

  • very happy

  • As usual I was in the examining room on time as seen quickly. The physician was attentive and is and has always had a positive impact on my health.

  • Visit was positive.

  • Dr. Costa has been my doctor for over twenty five years. He is always attentive, listens to me and gives me feedback. I am very comfortable with him.

  • From the receptionist to the staff to Dr. Joseph Costa everyone is welcoming, kind and caring. It's a great environment. They are all professional yet very friendly.

  • Never disappointed

  • I’ve enjoyed a 30+ year association with Dr. Costa. Easy to talk with providing feedback to my questions that not only answers my question but also provides the “why” an issue is occurring.

  • There had been an medical emergency that had delayed appointments. It would have been helpful at check in to be told that the doctor was running late because of it. I was only told when I went and inquired what was taking so long.

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How is the Patient Satisfaction Star Rating Calculated?
Star ratings are calculated using an average of all survey responses to each of three questions: Courtesy and Respect of Staff, Provider Overall Rating, and  Willingness to Recommend Provider’s Office.  The star rating displayed on our physicians’ main biography page represents the average of the three measures for that particular physician.