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Dr. Salma Pothiawala, MD, FAAD, MPH

Dermatologist

Professional statement

Salma Pothiawala, MD, MPH is a board certified dermatologist practicing in New York City. She earned her B.S in Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida. She attended medical school at the University of South Florida College of Medicine where she was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She also earned a Master of Public Health Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health. Dr. Pothiawala then completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in dermatology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, FL. Dr. Pothiawala specializes in general, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. She has written numerous articles in leading dermatology journals and has published several book chapters in various dermatology textbooks. She has also given presentations at many national dermatology meetings.

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Specialties

  • Dermatologist

Practice names

Board certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology

Education and training

  • University of South Florida, Residency in Dermatology
  • Harvard University, Master’s in Public Health
  • University of South Florida (Bachelor’s)
  • Medical School - University of South Florida, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of South Florida, Internship in Internal Medicine

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Dermatology

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1033438742

Office locations

Bethany Medical Clinic of New York

222 E 31st Street, Suite 1R

New York, NY 10016

Bethany Medical Clinic of New York

200 West 57th Street, Suite 904

New York, NY 10019

Bethany Medical Clinic of New York

130 W 79th St

New York, NY 10024

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As always, it was great seeing Dr. Pothiawala. This was my third time coming in to see her and she did an excellent job. I can already see the difference in my appearance from micro-needling and I would recommend her to anyone in need of a dermatologist.
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The Dr. prescribed a medication that wasn't covered by my insurance. Despite repeated phone calls from myself and the pharmacy she hasn't changed the prescription... so I still have this awful rash on my face. Would not recommend.
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Great visit, thank you.
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I thought she was very evasive , not that friendly , what so ever . Her assistant was more helpful and pleasant than she was it wasn't a good experience to me at all . I would never return there everagain. I went to the office just to prescribe my previous meds to myself nothing I have she prescribed herself & she's a specialist no Bueno??????? Horror horror and horror .
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Short, UNPROFESSIONAL they tell you u need thousands of medications and they dont even send it to your local pharmacy , then you call and nobody has any idea what you are talking about! They do not even educate you onthe “meds” you will be needing! DO NOT GO! EVERYONE INCLUDING DOCTOR ARE LIARS THEY JUST WANT YOUR MONEY!
Less than 1 year ago
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Doctor is ok
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She was nice, cool, professional & respectful!
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Doctor was very pleasant and helpful
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It was a pleasure.
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It was fast i would have preferred more time with the doctor and an more detailed examination
More than 1 year ago
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Filled out some forms as soon as I got there and her assistant actually put me in touch with the doctor herself, (I was supposed to see someone else) and she was super polite and professional. Will definitely recommend!
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Very professional yet pleasant and compassionate in how she addressed my situation, questions, and concerns.
More than 1 year ago
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Awesome sauce
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Doctor was great, office staff was so-so.
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If you have government insurance, call ahead so you can change your doctor to their head physician. Otherwise, you your insurance won't pay for it.
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Overall a great experience
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Quickly seen, overall good experience
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Fantastic. Seen quickly. Great experience
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The offce was a mess and pretty compact. When I reached there there are 2 counters ..no greetings no smile..infact when I said that I was there to meet Dr Salma....they looked so confused and didn't know who was doing what.Then after 15-20 mins wait I had to talk to 2 physicians (I guess) before talking to the doctor. While one physician asked me about the nature of the visit then wait time again! Then another physician took me to a small unorganized room and started talking about my options and prices which was so confusing. When I told her that I didn't know what options was she talking about that's why I was here to talk to the doctor who should be recommending products after examining me. Again no examinations or history behind my problems! While I was talking to this lady about how confused I was the doctor suddenly shows up from a tiny door and said I should do a VI peel! And I accepted to go for it. She took me inside the tiny door and she started my procedure...again no gown no head cover!! I asked her for a head cover and she said she didn't have it...then the other office assistant hands the head band which was just next to her. I was recommended to buy few more products and the lotion that she recommended was not even there!! Why did she recommend??? Then she comes with another product talking volumes about it ofcourse! Then the billing was the final mess they didn't know who was settling my invoice!!! But whatever it is..I left the place looking and feeling confused!
More than 1 year ago
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This visit was a disaster, I will never go here again. I booked for a super quick, simple injection. I have no problem waiting 30 -45 mins as is often standard but 2 hrs is ridiculous. The office was totally disorganized,and everything was haphazard. I finally got my simple injection and ran out of here never to look back.
More than 1 year ago
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I had a nice visit. She listened to my concerns and was thorough and a great Dr. Would see her again. Thanks
More than 1 year ago
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I felt like she wasn't listening to me. She didn't ask many questions and appeared to not what to be there. She definitely knows what she's doing, but her bedside manner is subpar.
More than 1 year ago
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So far, so great!
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She intently listened to my thoughts and prescribed a treatment plan that took that into consideration. She was also very thorough to explain the effects of each medication, and made sure that the treatment course was clear. I think she's a great dermatologist overall!
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Very relaxed and pleasant. I wont hesitate next time I have to go back to her for a visit.
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She is caring, professional and all advice and care provided was excellent. Thank you.
More than 1 year ago
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Highly knowledgeable, provided the time and attention needed during each visit and friendly. I would highly recommended her.
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Dr. Pothiawala takes preventative care very seriously. I had a suspicious looking mole on my back that she biopsied to find out it could potentially turn into melanoma. She handled my situation with ease, efficiency, care, and good humor. Asan individual, she is fun to talk with and is very easy going. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great doctor with excellent bedside manner.
More than 1 year ago
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Very efficient and quick, but also nice and personable.
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Terrible visit and waste of money. She checked nothing on my skin, and I'm hoping I am okay but I definitely do not trust her "screening."
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She's very professional while also kind and personable. I have gone to her a number of times and she has done a wonderful job treating me.
More than 1 year ago
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She was efficient and quick . I had a minor issue and she was very quick and painless .
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It was amazing.
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Dr. Pothiawala is nothing short of amazing! I've found my dermatologist for life. From her bed side manor to her careful consideration of your condition. She is extremely knowledgable & very approachable. After about a month or two on the treatmentshe recommended, my skin has changed DRAMATICALLY. It's honestly the clearest and smoothest it's been in 10 years (I've struggled with acne since I was 12!) And I'm SO so grateful to Dr. Pothiawala for helping me get there. If you struggle with acne, stop hesitating and go see Dr. Pothiawala NOW NOW NOW. Your skin and confidence are worth it.
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She was terrific! Great bedside manner and was extremely patient and knowledgeable. She answered all my questions and I didn't feel rushed at all. She also provided a follow-up call on a question I had that couldn't be answered during ourappointment, which I wasn't expecting at all. I've been to many dermatologists in the past and Dr. Pothiawala is by far is the best! Highly recommended!
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Dr. Pothiawala was great! She knows her stuff! Gave me very good advice and explained my procedure and what she would do every step of the way. I recommend her. Very sweet, patient, and knowledgeable.
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Dr. Pothiawala was kind and friendly. She did not take the time to explain each product that she prescribed. I think she could have devoted more time to the appointment. The visit was fast and she prescribed a lot of products. Not the best doctor's appointment however effective.
More than 1 year ago
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Unfortunately, I'm truly dissatisfied with my visit. Most importantly because my rash got worse instead of better. I don't have Health insurence and I saved up to pay for an appt. here. The doctor looked at my rash for all of3 seconds and gave me a diagnosis. The entire appt. was over in five minutes and I was rushed out. I feel that I was not properly taken care of and that I have completely wasted my money.
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She has terrible bedside manner, little to no interest in patients and needs to be led to a diagnosis. I had to specifically ask for rosacea medicine, and she seemed like she had zero interest in being there.
More than 1 year ago
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She offered other options and recommended other creams that other "Specialists" or internist have not even considered. It worked for me!!! I have been suffering with chronic itching for years and seen several doctors!!!! She figured it out.If it has anything to do with skin.....even though you think it's internal......go to her.
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So kind and patient! Great visit
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She is so kind and thorough - I explained my last doc went light on the lidocaine - she made sure I felt nothing. Highly recommended!!
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Dr. Pothiawala is a great dermatologist. I am very happy with my visit. She took the time to listen to my concerns and I can tell that she really cares. She explained to me the medications she was going to prescribeand how to use them. She really knows what she is talking about and is a true professional.
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I chose Dr. Pothiawala based on reviews and location. I went in for a screening and she was very nice, but I definitely have had more thorough exams. She said they should do a biopsy and when I asked if itwas really necessary, she said it would be fine to wait until my next visit. I would have felt more confident in my visit had I been presented with both options, rather than me having to question. She commented that my skin (face) looked dry. And maybe it's just me, but I didn't get into a conversation with her about it, in fear she might try to sell me their products. But I suppose that's their job!
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ALWAYS a pleasure seeing her. My acne is at a place where I want to expedite it with my medication and she have me great advice and options in my price range to reach those goals.
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Worst Derm I've ever been to. She has no idea what she is doing. Took me for 3 minutes tops and then sent me on my way with EXPENSIVE prescriptions to fill. Her suggested regimen was not helpful.
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She was fantastic! Sat by me and asked tons of questions and was like a friend. She took as much time as I wanted and made me feel really special and that she was going to take care of my acne.I've never felt so taken care of with a doctor.
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Dr. Pothiawala was great. Very professional and was confident in explaining exactly what to do for my skin. I am excited about my new regimine and will definitely be going back.
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My appointment with Dr. Pothiawala was wonderful! She is a very skilled and knowledgeable dermatologist. She performed some laser treatments for me in addition to taking care of my medical issues, and I'm very pleased with the results of mytreatments. She's very lovely to interact with and would recommend her to anyone!
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I was very unhappy with my doctor. I went to her because I have psoriasis and the previous doctor that i saw prescribed me an ointment that worked very well. However i changed jobs and my previous doctor was no longerin network. This doctor wouldnt prescribe me what I had been taking that had worked well for my psoriasis And my psoriasis is getting worse by the week. She prescribed me a medicine that was extremely expensive that my insurance won't cover. Then I called to explain and was prescribed another highly priced medicine. Bad and inexperienced doctor.
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