Dr. Andrew Kowal, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 54

Dr. Kowal
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

41 Mall Rd Burlington, MA 01805

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Dr. Andrew Kowal, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Burlington, MA and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Albany Medical College medical school in 1992. He is affiliated with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kowal to book an appointment.

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Dr. Kowal's Reviews

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Yes. Excellent. He provided a complete and helpful explanation of the suggested procedures (RF nerve ablation and epidural steroid injection). Excellent prep and support team (Lahey does it so well!) 20 minutes and done. I am now pain free after months of extreme discomfort, and grateful for the excellent care.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Fortpond resident – Sep 23, 2021
He literally was in the room for two minutes didn’t listen to anything I said not even a sentence backed out orders of what I needed to do for a stimulator. I got his facet injections and it has left me in 100% times more pain Sent me to 1 ER in ambulance to RER in Boston. Which they finally found out the problem He was mean and compassionate and rude does not belong in pain management with absolutely no empathy he told me what to do which is left me an incredible painThat I have to suffer and my son has to suffer so next time he should listen to his patient it was absolutely the worst doctors appointment I’ve had in my life
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Jul 13, 2021
This “human” if we can call him that, is just a disrespectful piece of trash. Theres a difference between giving a honest, and professional opinion, and out right disrespecting someone and not even spend the time to listen. Like i told his colleagues, he’s lucky someone hasn’t smacked him in the mouth yet for his disrespect. But this guy is just an a hole and doesnt want to help and is clearly just there to collect and go home. People like this guy shouldnt be doctors. Would give 0 stars if i could.
What went well
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Another Body – Jun 07, 2021
Dr. Kowal was the rudest, most insensitive and least compassionate doctor and person I have ever met. I would not recommend him to anyone.
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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Jan 08, 2021
Kind of arrogant and was not only anti-cannabis (I understand he can't endorse it) but he was misinformed. Prescribed a medication, which was a possible interaction with a known allergy (learned from.the pharmacist), and then never returned an inquiry call to clarify if it was safe to take.
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DS – Aug 06, 2020
Dr. Kowal is very kind and an excellent listener. Explains options for treatment thoroughly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jan 23, 2020
I have been pain free for years. he's the best in my book 10 stars.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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G Perry in SALEM, NH – Feb 21, 2019
Helped me back pain go away with radio frequency denervation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Steve m in Wilmington , MA – Dec 26, 2018
I don’t think any good words can be said of Dr. Andrew Kowal. I’ve never met a doctor that treats patients with such rude, aggressive disrespect. He harshly hurries you through an incredibly disturbing appointment with his vile mannerisms. I would give him a ‘0’ ZERO Star rating if I could and he doesn’t even deserve that. I definitely DO NOT recommend him as a possible candidate as a physician. I’ve never witnessed such unprofessionalism amongst such a respected profession as being a physician.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Mark in Boston, MA – Dec 23, 2018
If I could give this horrible human being 0 stars, I would. He was rushed, mean, and did not address any of the reasons I was reffered to him. He further went on to lie on my official medical record, based on "a judgement call" not the labs and tests he had completely disregarded. Disgrace to the medical proffession.
What went well
No results
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
6 people found this helpful
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Trisha – Jun 16, 2018
I have been a patient of Dr. Kowal 's for many years. On average, I see him 3-4 times per year, for numerous procedures on my entire spine. Dr Kowal and his team meet and exceed my needs every time with their professionalism.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Robert J. Walsh in Billerica, MA – Oct 21, 2017
I went to see Dr. Kowal back in December for pain management for my neck. I have 4 screws and rods in my neck due to a fusion many years ago. When I asked the doctor for something for my pain he said to me " You've been in pain this long, you can deal with it some more". He has no compassion for his patients along with a serious attitude. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE!!! He is a disgrace to his profession.
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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Janine in Burlington, MA – Mar 06, 2017
I saw Dr. Kowal because of a back pain problem that wasn't getting better, despite several other specialist visits. After a thorough explanation of the imaging and what it meant, Dr. Kowal provided in-depth information for a long-term and short-term approach. 3 months later I feel much, much better. Dr. Kowal's staff is extremely pleasant and made the visit better.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Paul S. in Boston, MA. – Dec 12, 2016
Terrible; Waste of time. Very judgemental and his decision is predetermined prior to initial consult, you are judged by a piece of paper. If prescribed medication prior to visit he will have your info in hand.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
20 people found this helpful
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Goddess in Boston, MA – Feb 28, 2016

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We are here to take care of what matters most, you. Lahey Health offers access to board-certified specialists in nearly every medical specialty and more...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

Board Certifications

Education

Johns Hopkins
Fellowship Hospital
Walter Reed Army Med Center
Residency Hospital
1992
Albany Medical College
Medical School

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does Dr. Andrew Kowal, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Kowal has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

What are Dr. Andrew Kowal, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Kowal frequently treats Back Pain, Intervertebral Disc Disease, and Chronic Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Kowal treats.

Where is Dr. Andrew Kowal, MD's office located?

Dr. Kowal's office is located at 41 Mall Rd, Burlington, MA 01805. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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No malpractice claims found for Massachusetts
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Kowal's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kowal treats Back Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Kowal treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Intervertebral Disc Disease
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kowal treats Intervertebral Disc Disease more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Kowal treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Chronic Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kowal treats Chronic Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Kowal treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Kowal's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Cancer Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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(781) 744-5090

Dr. Kowal accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Select
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Preferred Blue PPO
Cigna
Cigna PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
Tufts Health Plan
Tufts PPO

Locations

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center41 Mall Rd Burlington, MA 01805
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Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Lahey Medical Center, Peabody1 Essex Center Dr Peabody, MA 01960
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Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

Burlington, MA

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

26 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)

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