Dr. Melvin Polkow, MD

Dr. Melvin Polkow, MD

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Diseases •  Male • Age 72

  
Accepting new patients

Dr. Melvin Polkow, MD is a Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Disease Specialist in Lodi, NJ. Dr. Polkow has more experience with Obstructive Lung Disease, Sleep-disordered Breathing, and Interstitial Lung Disease than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with Hackensack University Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Polkow to book an appointment.


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Northern New Jersey Pulmonary Associates

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(201) 257-5041
Hackensack University Medical Group160 Essex St Ste 103 Lodi, NJ 07644
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      When I met Dr. Polkow he asked me why I scheduled an appointment with him and I told him because of good reviews online. He responded by saying you shouldn’t believe everything you read online - and boy was he right Went to see Dr. Polkow for shortness of breath. After a cursory interview and exam dr Polkow misdiagnosed and prescribed a treatment that did not solve my problem. A follow up exam with a much better pulmonologist, resulted in a correct diagnosis and solving issues.
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      Dis Appointed – Jul 22, 2020
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      Dr. Polkow is very thorough and thoughtful and knowledgeable in his treatment. He never rushes me and is very nice. Office visits are pleasant and done in a timely manner. I would recommend him to anyone.
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      Cassidy in NJ – Feb 22, 2018
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      Very thorough, asked many questions, gave us exceptional amount of time which is unheard of today.
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      (201) 257-5041

      Dr. Polkow accepts the following insurance:

      Aetna
      Aetna HMO
      Choice Plus POS II
      Amerihealth
      Anthem
      National (BlueCard) PPO
      Bankers Life and Casualty
      Beech Street (Multiplan)
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      Background Check

      No malpractice claims found for New Jersey
      No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
      No board actions found for the years we collect data
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      Practice Areas

      Obstructive Lung Disease

      Obstructive lung disease specialists diagnose and treat conditions including COPD, emphysema, asthma and cystic fibrosis that cause blockages or narrowing in the airways of the lungs, making breathing difficult.Compare with other Obstructive Lung Disease specialists.

      Typically treats 79% more than similar doctors

      Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

      TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
      Emphysema
      very high
      very high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Polkow treats Emphysema more than 90% of their peers

      Dr. Polkow treats this condition more than 90% of their peers

      COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
      high
      high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Polkow treats COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) more than 81% of their peers

      Dr. Polkow treats this condition more than 81% of their peers

      Asthma
      normal
      normal

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Polkow treats Asthma more than 66% of their peers

      Dr. Polkow treats this condition more than 66% of their peers

      Sleep-disordered Breathing

      Sleep-disordered breathing specialists diagnose and treat conditions, such as snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, in which breathing is interrupted during sleep, resulting in symptoms of fatigue, irritability and high blood pressure.Compare with other Sleep-disordered Breathing specialists.

      Typically treats 54% more than similar doctors

      Based on claims data for 1 condition or procedure

      TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
      Sleep Disorders
      normal
      normal

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Polkow treats Sleep Disorders more than 55% of their peers

      Dr. Polkow treats this condition more than 55% of their peers

      Sleep Apnea
      normal
      normal

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Polkow treats Sleep Apnea more than 54% of their peers

      Dr. Polkow treats this condition more than 54% of their peers

      Interstitial Lung Disease

      Interstitial lung disease specialists diagnose and treat a range of conditions that cause scarring of lung tissue due to autoimmune disease or environment exposure to harmful materials.Compare with other Interstitial Lung Disease specialists.

      Typically treats 60% more than similar doctors

      Based on claims data for 2 conditions and procedures

      TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
      Emphysema
      very high
      very high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Polkow treats Emphysema more than 90% of their peers

      Dr. Polkow treats this condition more than 90% of their peers

      Bronchiectasis
      high
      high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Polkow treats Bronchiectasis more than 83% of their peers

      Dr. Polkow treats this condition more than 83% of their peers

      COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
      high
      high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Polkow treats COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) more than 81% of their peers

      Dr. Polkow treats this condition more than 81% of their peers

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      Dr. Polkow's conditions and procedures:

      • Acidosis
      • Acute Lower Respiratory Infection
      • Alkalosis
      • Asbestosis
      • Asthma
      • Breath Testing
      • Bronchiectasis
      • Bronchiolitis
      • Bronchitis
      • Bronchoscopy
      • Bronchospasm
      • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
      • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
      • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
      • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
      • Emphysema
      • Empyema
      • Eosinophilic Asthma
      • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
      • Influenza (Flu)
      • Interstitial Lung Disease
      • Lung Abscess
      • Lung Cancer
      • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
      • Lung Nodule
      • Metastatic Respiratory System Cancer
      • Mycobacterial Lung Infection
      • Partial Lung Collapse
      • Pleural Effusion
      • Pneumonia
      • Pneumonitis (Due to Solids or Liquids)
      • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
      • Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation
      • Pulmonary Disease
      • Pulmonary Embolism
      • Pulmonary Eosinophilia
      • Pulmonary Hypertension
      • Pulmonary Procedures
      • Respiratory Failure
      • Respiratory Management
      • Rheumatoid Lung Disease
      • Sarcoidosis
      • Sleep Apnea
      • Sleep Disorders
      • Spirometry
      • Swine Flu
      • Systemic Sclerosis
      • Thoracentesis
      • Tuberculosis
      • Wegener's Granulomatosis
      • Whooping Cough

      About Me

      Care Philosophy

      Patients who understand their condition and state of health are better able to take care of themselves and tend to experience fewer urgent problems. In our practice, I try to ensure that patients know what each medication and treatment is for and how...Read more

      Specialties

      • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Diseases
      • Critical Care Medicine
      • Pulmonary Disease

      Education

      Lenox Hill Hospital
      Residency Hospital
      1982
      SUNY-Stonybrook
      Fellowship Hospital
      1978
      Lenox Hill Hospital
      Internship Hospital

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      Hackensack University Medical Center

      Hackensack, NJ

      71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

      • America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award™ (2020)
      • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care Award™ (2020)
      • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)