Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, MD

Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, MD

HematologyMaleAge 63

Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(860) 264-6631

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Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, MD is a Hematology Specialist in Bridgeport, CT and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Zelkowitz has more experience with Breast Neoplasms than other specialists in his area. He graduated from New York Medical College medical school in 1983. He is affiliated with medical facilities Hartford Hospital and St. Vincent's Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Zelkowitz to book an appointment.

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Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

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(860) 264-6631
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group2800 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 6606
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  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Dr Z has been treating me for over 8 years. He's kind and thoughtful, gentle and thorough. He takes the time to explain, and he listens without being in a hurry. He cares for his patients' comfort; he listened when I asked for cloth gowns, not those flimsy paper things. He has worked with me through several medications to find one that has the least side-effects. If he's running late, he pops into the waiting room to tell you he'll be just a few more minutes (who does that???). He knows ME. He remembers ME. I'm a real person to him. And I like his new center at St Vincent's Medical Ctr. and the people who work with him.
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CARMEN PROULX – Mar 23, 2021
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Extremely thorough and caring
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Jan 29, 2021
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Dr. Z is the BEST!! Very thorough in explaining diagnosis, options and overall process! He was there every step of the way, even on days of treatments! He is also a major proponent of preventing hair loss and assists with the process of hair caps!
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Jan 09, 2021
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I am a former oncology RN. I am so grateful that I changed oncologist. Dr . Zelkowitz is the most caring MD. He is a big factor in my recovery.He saved me mentally. I could go on all day about this incredible human being. He takes care of the whole patient. I am so grateful to him. I am moving and if I could have taken with us I would.
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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Elizabeth Ann McMahon – Dec 10, 2020
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Dr. Zelkowitz, Quick I had no waiting time. Dr. Z was very thorough with me.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Candee – Jul 15, 2020
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I have been a patient of Dr Zelkowitz for “30 years!” He is the most caring Doctor I have ever known in my 68 years!! Not to forget, helping me with my countless illnesses! I don’t know where I would be without him! Congratulations Dr Z ?? Miss you!?? JANE JONES TOLLAND, CT
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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Jane Jones – Jun 06, 2020
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Best doctor on earth! Outstanding Oncologist and Superior Human Being! Knowledgeable, Professional, Responsive and Kind. There is no one better!
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Barbara B Oligino – Jun 01, 2020
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He is the very best of the best.....professional.
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Jan 21, 2020
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Most incredible person I ever met. His compassion for his work and his patients is overwhelming. He is on a mission to save lives and eradicate breast cancer. Couldn't be in better hands. Thank you Dr. Rich Zelkowitz.
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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Nancy Stember in Norwalk, CT – Oct 13, 2017
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I would highly recommend this doctor to any and all needing his expertise. It is his internal law to make sure no stone is neglected or left unturned regarding your health factors ever, period. If you fail to keep any detail of protocol current, he will personally find you and will fight for you to be diligent in monitoring your own health.
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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Jean Murphy-Sweeny in Wilton, CT – Nov 20, 2016
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You could go on and on about how wonderful Dr. Zelkowitz is. To put it simply he is just the best doctor around as well as a caring, kind human being.
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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Weston, CT – Aug 16, 2016
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Dr. ZELKOWITZ is an incredible oncologist. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful about medical issues he is also incredibly caring and accessible to his patients. I could not recommend a physician more highly.
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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Amy in Westport, CT – Jan 15, 2016
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I had cancer. I was terrified, felt alone and confused. Dr. Zelkowitz reassured me that I would be fine, explained every step of the way, put me in the hands of a terrific surgeon, and I felt he saw me as an individual. Whenever I had an appointment he would stick his head in the waiting room and apologize for being late, even if it was just 5 minutes late. He felt my time was just as important as his. Follow-up care has been just as thorough and caring as my first. Dr Z is great!
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
7 people found this helpful
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Grandma in Milford, CT – Jan 05, 2016
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Dr. Z as I call him is the most caring doctor I've ever known. He takes a personal interest in all of his patients. He is extremely dedicated to his work. I have no idea when he rests. You will never wait for test results as he will inform you of your results the moment they are complete. Eleven years after my treatment for stage II breast cancer he is still just as warm and caring as he was the first time I met him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • 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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Carol Falcone in Fairfield, CT – Dec 31, 2015
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Zelkowitz

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Zelkowitz treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Zelkowitz treats other conditions, please contact the office at (203) 874-3830.

Breast Neoplasms

Breast cancer specialists diagnose and treat the presence of malignant cells in breast tissue that may spread to other parts of the body.Compare with other Breast Neoplasms specialists.

Dr. Zelkowitz is experienced in the area of Breast Neoplasms. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Breast Cancer
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
Male Breast Cancer
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Dr. Zelkowitz's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anemia
  • Anemia and Iron Deficiency Screening
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Treatment
  • Breast Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Chordoma
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Erythropoietin Test
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hemophilia
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukocytosis
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lobular Carconima
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphocytosis
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Melanoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Mycosis Fungoides
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neutropenia
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancytopenia
  • Peritoneal Cancer
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Polycythemia Rubra Vera
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Purpura
  • Retina Diseases
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Screenings
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Thalassemia
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thrombosis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  • von Willebrand Disease

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Dr. Zelkowitz accepts the following insurance:

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Access Blue New England Network-CT
Balanced Pathway Tiered-CT PPO
Balanced Pathway-CT HMO
Balanced Pathway-CT PPO
Blue New England Network-CT HMO
BlueCare Health Plan (with Expanded Network - Tiered)-CT
BlueCare Health Plan (with Expanded Network)-CT
BlueCare Select (Tiered - Charter)-CT
BlueCare Select (Tiered - Elm)-CT
BlueChoice New England Network-CT
Bronze Pathway X Enhanced Tiered-CT HMO
Bronze Pathway X w/HSA-CT HMO
Bronze Pathway X w/HSA-CT PPO
Bronze Pathway X-CT PPO
Bronze Standard Pathway X for HSA-CT PPO
Bronze Standard Pathway X-CT PPO
Catastrophic Pathway X Enhanced-CT HMO
Century Preferred (Tiered)-CT
Century Preferred Select (Tiered - Charter)-CT
Century Preferred Select (Tiered - Elm)-CT
Century Preferred Tiered (Select Network)-CT
Century Preferred-CT
Choice BlueCare-CT HMO
Choice Century Preferred Basic-CT PPO
City of New Haven - BlueCard-CT
City of New Haven - Century Preferred-CT
CT Children's Medical Center - Tiered-CT PPO
Day Kimball Tiered-CT PPO
Gold Pathway X Enhanced Tiered-CT HMO
Gold Pathway X-CT HMO
Gold Pathway X-CT PPO
Gold Standard Pathway X-CT PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Pathway CT (Small Grp)-CT HMO
Pathway CT (Small Grp)-CT PPO
Pathway CT Tiered (Small Grp)-CT PPO
Pathway Enhanced (Ind)-CT HMO
Pathway Enhanced Tiered (Ind)-CT HMO
Pathway X (Ind)-CT PPO
Pathway X (Small Grp)-CT HMO
Pathway X (Small Grp)-CT PPO
Pathway X Enhanced (Ind -)-CT HMO
Pathway X Enhanced Tiered (Ind)-CT HMO
Platinum Pathway X-CT PPO
Silver Pathway X Tiered-CT PPO
Silver Pathway X w/HSA-CT HMO
Silver Pathway X w/HSA-CT PPO
Silver Pathway X-CT PPO
Silver Standard Coinsurance Pathway X-CT PPO
Silver Standard Pathway X-CT PPO
State BlueCare (Local Network only)-CT
State BlueCare (with Expanded Network - Tiered)-CT
State BlueCare (with Expanded Network)-CT
State Preferred (Tiered)-CT
State Preferred-CT
USA-CT PPO
Yale New Haven Health System - Tiered-CT PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
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Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Provide the best care possible in a compassionate and personalized manner.

Specialties

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

Board Certifications

  • Hematology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology

Education

1989
Brown University / Alpert Medical School
Fellowship Hospital
1986
Westchester Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1984
Westchester Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1983
New York Medical College
Medical School
1979
State University of New York at Binghamton
Undergraduate School
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Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • "Top Doctors" Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2008-2012
  • "Top Doctors" Greenwich, Westport, and New Canaan/Darien Magazines, 2008-2012
  • "Top Doctors" Medical Oncologist, U.S. News and World Report, 2011
  • "Top Doctors" Stamford Magazine, 2010-2012
  • "Top Docs" Oncology & Hematology, Connecticut Magazine, 2009-2012
  • "Top Doctors" Fairfield Living Magazine, 2012

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How can I make an appointment with Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, MD?

Call (860) 264-6631 to make an appointment as a new patient, or (203) 874-3830 for existing patients or other inquiries. Click here for more information.

Does Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, MD offer telehealth services?

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

Is Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, MD accepting new patients?

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Does Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Zelkowitz frequently treats Breast Neoplasms. See all practice areas where Dr. Zelkowitz specializes.

Where is Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, MD's office located?

Dr. Zelkowitz's office is located at 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 6606. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Zelkowitz is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Hartford Hospital

Hartford, CT

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

12 Awards Received

St. Vincent's Medical Center

Bridgeport, CT

68% Patient Experience Rating, 1% lower than the national average

2 Awards Received