Dr. Richard N. Podell

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Specialty:Family / G.P.
Practice: Podell Medical Center
Hospital: Overlook Hospital
Med. School:Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Grad. Year: 1969

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Online Appt. Scheduling: Unknown
Accepting New Patients:Y

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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 26 reviews. Dr. Richard N. Podell has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Dr. Richard N. Podell
Family / G.P.-related: general practice, general care, family medicine, family practice, primary care
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RID: 4292072
26/01/14 5 5 5 5 He diagnosed me with CFS about 20 years ago, just as he was learning the specialties he went on to be even better in. He was great then, compassionate and down-to-earth, a listener, and from what I read has gained much knowledge and expertise since. During my time with him I went from being bedridden/housebound to getting back into life, even working full time before I left him. Never have gone backward since. Amount paid is irrelevant. It was priceless to me.  Respond
20/10/13 SYSTEM: First Name changed from "Richard" to "Richard N." 
RID: 2757518
08/08/13 5 5 5 5 Dr. Podell has been a very helpful and supportive doctor as I navigate a multisystemic illness. He is very intelligent and thinks "outside the box" in his treatment of me. I appreciate his willingness to try different approaches to medicine. His style is inclusive, including those of "traditional" medicine and integrative practices as well. I consider Dr. Podell a very important aspect to my achieving wellness.  Respond
RID: 2541392
25/01/13 5 5 5 5 "Outstanding" Sherlock Holmes of Medicine. Dr. Podell and Dr. King are the best, very professional and caring. I have been with them for 8 years now and when you are feeling lousy and having Fibromyalgia/CFS flare ups they are there for me and have a deep understanding and empathy for what we are going through. Three years ago I moved to NY and still travel to see both Podell and Dr. King in NJ because they know the process and can help adjust protocols toward getting me feeling my best again. Even more important is they research new treatments and have an ever growing and diverse set of treatment modalities (pharmaceuticals, biofeedback, breath, foods, supplements). Dr. Podell and Dr. King take the time to listen and are not afraid to try cutting edge treatments with the labs to validate progress. I am forever grateful to Dr. Podell and Dr. King for there help and knowing they will be there for me when I'm not feeling well. The peace of mind this brings is priceless.  Respond
RID: 2485715
29/11/12 4 4 1 1 it's amazing how many patient reviews all seem to be suffering or are being treated for CFS/fibromyalgia. this was my diagnosis as well. the crazy thing is I DON'T HAVE CFS OR FIBROMYALGIA! chances are the majority of his patients don't either! my pain was due to hormonal imbalance and this doc should have known this, since i PAID for hundreds of dollars worth of tests! i had the results, but podell didn't know how to read them. the doc i see now saw ALL of the results and labs podell had done and he said the answer was there right in front of his face. yet he insisted i had CFS/fibro and arthritis. WRONG. and as if this wasn't enough of a scam, i also saw his associate dr. king. her specialty is teaching people HOW TO BREATHE. don't fall for this. too expensive and very LIMITED knowledge. if he's giving out pain meds and antidepressants he is NOT treating the root of your problem!  See Responses
RID: 2434411
27/09/12 5 5 5 5 Dr. Podell is very compassionate,& kind.He is Also very knowledgable on FMS/CFS studies,treatments, and remedies. This is not an easy disesase to treat or to have, but he listens to me. He always checks on me to make sure i am doing ok. Flareups happen and Dr. Podell is reassuring that we will get thru this-together. I'm glad I found him. I went for years not knowing what was wrong with me, but he gave me answers. Dr. Podell gets that this is not a one size fits all disease and tweaks treatments accordingly. I really appreciate all that he and his extremely helpful staff do to help me everyday.  Respond
25/09/12 SYSTEM: City changed from "SPRINGFIELD" to "Summit" 
RID: 2405397
20/08/12 5 5 5 5 Dr. Podell have done wonders for me. I started seeing him a few years ago after having the worse year of my life with some medical issues. All other doctors completed misdiagnosed what my issues were which I realized right away. Dr. Podell took the time to LISTEN to my symptoms. He successfully diagnosed me and Im doing great now. Although he doest take my insurance he is worth every penny. Cant put a price on your health. I highly recommend him.  See Responses
RID: 1785610
23/03/12 5 5 5 5 9 years ago I gave birth to twins and have had medical issues ever since. My symptoms started out as severe fatigue, memory loss, mental fog and varied inability to function normally. After years of seeing multiple general doctors and specialists, as well as alternate medical practitioners. Dr Podell was able to help me with my further deteriorated health consisting of fatigue, depression, anxiety issues and Fibromyalgia by listening to me & carefully reviewing my medical history. He has a wealth of medical knowledge which he combines with good old fashion common sense. I began seeing him 2/6/2012 and am much better than I've been in 9 years. My family & I thank him, because I can return to being an active person, wife & mother.  Respond
RID: 1677990
05/01/12 5 5 5 5 I have been seening Dr. Podell since about 2002 and have been extremely satisfied with the care he has provided to me. 
Insurance: Medicare
Paid (or co-pay): $100
RID: 1557132
09/10/11 5 5 3 5 The jury is still out on Dr. Podell, though I must complement his responsiveness and extensive medical acumen. Not sure that I can say he's compassionate, at this stage. 
Paid (or co-pay): $690
RID: 1534718
11/09/11 5 5 5 5 several years ago I became very ill. I had muscle pain and fatigue throughout my body. I went to numerous doctors I was all over even went to nyc and no one could tell me what was wrong with me. My husband found doctor podell online after doing research. I went to see him and he was the answer to my prayers. I knew after speaking to him that he would be able to help me. He told me I had cfs and fibromyalgia. He has helped me control this for years. I highly recommend him. He is the smartest most compasionist person I know in the medical field. If your looking to get answers with your health and have someone give you every option out there for treatment Dr. podell is the one to see. Thanks DR podell for all the years of caring for me. Diana 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1518096
21/08/11 5 5 5 5 Unlike many doctors, Dr. Podell doesn't leave any stone unturned. When he isn't sure what is wrong,de looks,looks and looks again until he finds a potential answer.  Respond
RID: 1502622
03/08/11 5 5 5 5 There are no doctors like Dr Podell anymore. He is one in a million!!! He knows his stuff and he WANTS TO HELP people get better. Both my husband and I go to him because of complications of Lyme disease. We have simular symptoms yet some of our medical symptoms are very hard to diagnose, but Dr Podell NEVER gives up. If you have any doubt, read his books, listen to him on his radio show or just give them a call. It is worth it when you are felling very ill.  Respond
RID: 1497776
27/07/11 5 5 5 5 I have been a patient of Dr. Podell for years. I had first gone to him when I had been diagnosed with CFS/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. My family physician had been helpful but my symptoms and inability to cope with their effect on my body, mind and spirit had led me Dr. Podell through a referral of a top U.S. expert in the research and medical fields. Dr. Podell has been there for me using leading edge medical treatments, sound nutritional and supplement guidance. I have improved through the above and his further partnership with physical therapists, relaxation experts and his ability to hear what I said and tailoring his treatments to my unique situation. Today I hold a strategic position with a top company. I have often wondered where would I be today, had I not been referred to Richard Podell. 
Paid (or co-pay): $200
RID: 1480417
06/07/11 5 5 5 5 Dr. Podell has been a true blessing. He has helped me where no other doctors knew what was wrong with me. His knowledge of CFS and FM is amazing.  Respond
RID: 1461722
10/06/11 5 5 5 5 Richard Podell, M.D. and Wendy King RN, APN, Ph.D are both outstandingly skilled and caring clinicians. Drs. Podell and King tend to see the most complex patients who typically have seen many doctors before. I can personally vouch for the fact that they have made a huge positive difference in the lives of many—especially those whose problems are difficult. Dr. Podell spends 2.0 to 2.5 hours with every new patient. His nurse educator, Beverly, spends an additional hour with each patient to make they understand all details of the medical plan. Why so much time and effort? Because it takes that long to learn about each person as an individual and the complexities of their illness. This maximizes the chances that each patient can succeed.  Respond
RID: 1459882
08/06/11 5 5 5 5 I have been a patient of Dr.Richard Podell for many years now. I have Fms & CFS-he has always been extremely compassionate & knowledgable of these horrible diseases. He listens intently and always is up on the latest research studies.I would not go to any other doctor. He has helped me so much,now life is livable again.His Partner Dr. King is great as well. When you feel so much pain & fatigue, it is a pleasure to work with drs. who are on your side and understand what you are going thru. They are both a Godsend to me and I would recommend them to EVERYONE! I live in the Atlanta area now, but I still travel to NJ see Dr. Podell & Dr.King. They are my lifeline-and I am so happy I found them.It took years to locate them.They are on my team and i have full and complete confidence in them. 
Insurance: Medicare
RID: 1458671
07/06/11 5 5 5 5 Dr.Podell is the finest doctor I have ever gone to. I go to him for FMS. His knowledge of this disorder is incredible. I found him 20 years ago.He was the first doctor that did not think I was crazy regarding Fybromyalgia. He changed my life. He is extremely thorough. His compassion for this disorder is amazing. For anyone who suffers with this don't walk to him, RUN! There are not enough words to describe how my life used to be. At the present time, I still see him because he is constantly researching the newest treatments. If not for Dr.Podell, I probably could not function. Thanks to him,his compassion and knowledge, I am able to live my life. That is priceless. 
Insurance: Oxford
RID: 1397470
25/03/11 3 3 1 1 Stay away from this guy. Do not throw your money away. For many years I thought I had fibromyalgia, but wasn't too keen on taking any prescription meds. I'm in my mid-30s so I have always dealt with the pain. When I read that Podell had an alternative approach etc, I figured that it might be worth the shot. I spent $200 just to have the questionnaire rushed so Podell could read it in time for the appointment. When he got there, he had not read it and was skimming it while talking to me. Basically, the visits were all a complete waste of time. He was talking about prescription meds by the 2nd visit. I spent over $1000 for nothing. My wife and I have worked in the pharma industry for many years. This guy is ripping people off and he should not be allowed to do this. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!! 
Paid (or co-pay): $1100
RID: 1140225
31/03/10 2 5 3 5 feels a little like you are dealing with a mad scientist, but considering he is often dealing with illness that is not at all understood (cfs/fm) it is understandable. very intelligent butlike all people cannot understand the illness like those who have the illness 
Insurance: Aetna
RID: 1019252
27/10/09 5 5 1 2 Read the reviews for Richard Podell, internal medicine (they are for the same doctor and, in my opinion, more in line with my experience). This doctor is more interested in making money from pushing expensive, experimental treatment than he is with helping his patients. He is scattered and seems very unorganized. He will write out prescriptions without regard or even research into drug interactions. Does the absolute minimum for his patients. More qualified to lecture or research than to treat human beings.  Respond
RID: 761413
11/01/09 5 5 1 5 This man is arrogant and is a real Mavrick. People leave his office in tears and he hands out prescriptons like candy. He may be brilliant, but I think his judgement is poor. 
Insurance: CIGNA
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RID: 744512
16/12/08 5 5 5 5 Excellent, brilliant,open-minded; gives his patients plenty of time and LISTENS; expert re: Fibromialgia, Chronic Fatigue; extremely helpful,patient man; humble considering his many achievements 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Paid (or co-pay): $200
RID: 421665
30/09/07 2 3 1 2 I saw this so called doctor for irritable bowel syndrome. He was more concerned with trying to sell me relaxation treatments than with listening to me. He prescribed high doses of lactobacillus which have devastated my body. He took no responsibility for this: "You had it before you came in". He's destroyed my life. His knowledge is very limited and he has no conscience. STAY FAR AWAY!!!  Respond
RID: 421417
30/09/07 5 5 5 5 BROVO! Highly trusted! Bedridden & Desprate to find what what wrong with me, I was refered by a IMCC DR. who did his internship with him. First saw 20 yrs. ago. I have all the confidence I could possibly have in a MD...spends time, explains in detail, listens, is up on what is new, what works, and what doesn't. Involved in the CFIDS Assoc. and FDIA studies. I liked that he didn't just pass out drugs but rather treated w a mix of vit, holistic, diet, exercise, and meds when needed. During a time when most DRs didn't believe CFIDS existed, he helped me. Keeps up and involved in studies. It's hard to know how he does it all. Dr. Podell is one of the nation's leading experts on Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and nutritional, complementary alternative medicine.  Respond
RID: 415837
21/09/07 5 5 5 5 Dr. Podell is very thorough in his assessment and history check up of his patients. He also listens to you and make sure you understand what he is saying. He works with the patient and is very knowledgeable in his areas of expertise including Fibromyalgia. Very highly recommended!  Respond
RID: 183262
11/03/07 5 5 5 integrative medicine combines standard medical care with holistic support  Respond
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