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by Lisa H. on Oct 28th, 2013

Dr. Kowalski saved my life. I was misdiagnosed/undiagnosed for 4 years. In and out of emergency rooms where Dr.'s and nurses did not believe anything was wrong with me and labeled me as having a mental problem and a drug seeker because no test showed my health problem. They always sent me home sick. My health became so bad and I was malnourished and having pancreatitis.I met Dr. Kowalski and in no time at all he had the Emergency room admit me and he performed ERCP with monometry and performed a sphincterotomy that has now gave me my life back. I have not been back to the ER since. I do see a Dr. at the pain center for a script every month for pain meds but I can eat and live now.

poor followup show details poor followup
Sep 23rd, 2013

He is a very smart and thorough diagnostician, ordering all the necessary tests that other doctors had overlooked. But, all this becomes useless when there is no timely followup for discussing the next steps after a serious illness diagnosis. Perhaps some of the fault lies with his staff but he is their boss!

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Thank God for Dr. Kowalski! show details Thank God for Dr. Kowalski!
by Lisa on Jun 11th, 2013

My husband was having recurrent attacks of pancreatitis, and our local hospital kept sending him back home without explanation. He became sicker and sicker, and the doctors were unable to provide any explanation or treatment. Thank God we were referred to Dr. Kowalski. He diagnosed, explained, and fixed the problem. We've been following up with Dr. Kowalksi for the last two years and he has remained professional, highly competent, kind and caring. This doctor was truly an answer to some desperate prayers.

Dr. T. Kowalski show details Dr. T. Kowalski
by Richard Seiler on Apr 5th, 2013

Could not be more pleased with the entire staff, especially those in the procedure room. Answered any questions I had on my terms of understanding Dr Kowalski came highly recommended by another Dr.who could not perform procedure I needed.

Misdiagnosed show details Misdiagnosed
Jan 4th, 2012

My mom had ct scan and it showed a pancreatic mass. Went for endoscopic ultrasound by Dr Thomas Kowalski. After procedure he spoke w/ us explaining my mother has stage 2 pancreatic cancer but did not see vessel involvement and stated it looked operative. Upset but happy we "caught it early" went for consult w/ surgeon 2 weeks later, had 64 slice ct scan and was given the shocking news that my mom has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, her portal vein was strangled for quite some time that colateral circulation was present w/ mets to liver and lung. When we asked the surgeon why the results 2 weeks stated it was stage 2 w/ no mets he couldn't explain Dr. Kowalski's reported findings and told my mom she should " go home and get things in order" and " spend as much time w/ your family". My mom survived 11 months after that day. I know there was nothing we could do to change what was actually growing in my mom but how could Dr. Kowalski be do off? It was as if he was talking about a totally different patient. What added injury to insult was that the surgeon he referred us to couldn't explain at all why the report was so completely different from what my mom actually had. Dr Kowalski may be very smart and may help lots of people but he was completely wrong diagnosing my mom and never explained what happen. I lost total trust in him and question his integrity.

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Terrible show details Terrible
Jun 22nd, 2011

Ignores patients

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Amazing physician...amazing person show details Amazing physician...amazing person
May 19th, 2011

Dr. Thomas Kowalski is an all-around class act. Not only is he a top-notch physician...the best in his field...but a warm and caring person who cares deeply about his patients as well as their families. I recently lost my Grandfather who was a patient of Dr. Kowalski for 16 months. Until the very end, Dr. Kowalski always treated my Pop with dignity and respect. It is not too often one finds a physician who truly puts his patients' needs and desires ahead of everything else. I do not have enough kind words to say. Thank you Dr. Kowalski for being the physician and person that you are.

DR. KOWALSKI-A REMARKABLE DOCTOR-Extremely thorough show details DR. KOWALSKI-A REMARKABLE DOCTOR-Extremely thorough
Apr 5th, 2011

My father-in-law was being treated at St Mary's Med. Ctr originally for colon rectal surgery in Jan 2011. His Pancreas duct was knicked during surgery. The doctor at St. Marys kept trying to treat the issue instead of referring immediately to a specialist. On March 2, 2011, a friend referred me to Dr. Kowalski at Jefferson. She gave me his office # & named the ladies in the GI dpt that schedule for Dr. Kowalski. (Joan D & Kelly) She said they are AWESOME and you will be in GREAT HANDS! So trusting that my friend had completed all the research for me -Look no further--I contacted Joan. She was a blessing! She told me everthing Dr. Kowalski would need(med records/cd from radiology) & kept me updated as to when my father in law could be transferred...within 2 days of receiving my paperwork he was on his way to Jefferson with a ERCP procedure planned for the following day with Dr. Kowalski. I couldn't believe the quick, urgent manner Dr. Kowalski & his team responded in. After my father-in-law was transferred, he said, he felt comfortable & confident Dr. Kowalski & his GI Team of Doctors (Dr. O'Hare & Dr. Roy) would get this Pancreas issue under control. Since his release from Jefferson on March 15- he has made great progress under Dr. Kowalski's care. The entire support staff from the fellowship & resident doctors & surgeons, skilled nurses. the schedulers or assistants, home infusion, home care, has been a remarkable experience that a hospital that big could offer such one on one care!

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Got pancreas issues? He's your man, hands down. show details Got pancreas issues? He's your man, hands down.
by Chuck and Linda Amos on Mar 28th, 2011

If you are seeking someone with knowledge and expertise with pancreatic disease, I can imagine no better hands to be in than Dr.Kowalski's. He is direct and professional, yet caring and responsive. He has taken the time to explain and reassure at times of uncertainty in regard to a surgical complication I was faced with. He is truly a part of our team for my health.Not only has he taken a personal interest in my case, he has exceeded all expectations of time investment walking us through health questions unrelated to my pancreas.The staff who manage calls are caring and have expedited scripts to me when faced with pancreatis out of town. I have gotten call backs in a timely fashion.The only way I would have been cared for better is if my mother was running the office.You are in good hands with this man and those he surrounds himself with. I have been under his care for four years as I write this.

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Mar 17th, 2011

Dr. Kowalski is an amazing, knowledgable doctor. He is the expert in his field. If you need a gastroenterologist, he is a fantastic choice. He has done very successful ERCP's on my 92 year old grandfather due to blocked bile ducts, gallstones, etc. He is always amazing and professional. Our family highly recommends Dr. Kowalski.

Jan 12th, 2011

He will perform a routine ERCP and you will end up fighting for you life in the ICU. STAY AWAY

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