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Cheryl Polkowski, MD

4.2 out of 5 
Family Medicine
Physician Group: 
UT Health East Texas Physicians
Practices At: 

UT Health East Texas Physicians Rusk - Family Medicine

1325 N. Dickinson
Rusk, TX 75785

7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday


UT Health Jacksonville

501 S. Ragsdale St.
Jacksonville, TX 75766

Cheryl Polkowski, MD, is a board-certified family medicine physician at UT Health East Texas Physicians in Jacksonville and Rusk who embraces her patients as family. "The physician-patient relationship is deeply personal. Outside of family, it is perhaps the most meaningful relationship you will have across a lifetime. It is important to me that my patients know I would do no less for them than my own family."

Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Polkowski moved to central Texas in 2008 and built a successful practice. She recently relocated to East Texas to pursue her interest in rural health with the goal of caring for extended families for years to come. Dr. Polkowski provides a wide range of medical services from newborn and child healthcare to managing complex, chronic illnesses in adults and the elderly.

Dr. Polkowski also has a passion for hospice care, bringing patients and their families comfort and counsel through end of life decisions.

Board Certifications: 

American Board of Family Medicine, Board Certification

Texas Medical Board, Certification


Family Medicine Residency: St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, N.Y.

Doctor of Medicine: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

Bachelor of Science: Biology, Washington College, Chestertown, Md.

American Academy of Family Physicians, Member

Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Member

Featured Reviews



My husband and I both see Dr. Polkowski and we both love her to pieces. She calls my husband "trouble #1" because he teases her and her staff all the time. Dr. P. takes all the time you need to talk with her and will do all she can to help with your situation. Dr. P. is very personal and treats us like family.

   — Stephanie Eishen


Dr. Polkowski, is an amazing provider. I would recommend her to anyone. She is knowledgeable and cares. That is rare in this day and age. Thank you for always treating my family with dignity and respect.

   — Dahlen


Dr. Polowski has been my doctor for 12+ years. She and her staff will bend over backwards to do the very best for her patients. She never rushes in and out and she has heart she makes me feel as if I matter and My trust level is a solid 100 percent I honestly cannot think of going to another physician. This is one doctor who has a true calling for medicine. I highly recommend her. Donna Ehret Kempner tx

   — Donna Ehret


After trying 3 primary physicians when we moved to Central Texas, we were referred to Dr. Cheryl Polkowski. She is the absolute best. She’s attentive, listens to what you have to say, and she’s very thorough. She approaches things with holistic options, and treats the problem rather than the symptom. She’s top-notch

   — Cheryl Hammond


I have been seeing Dr. Polkowski for 3 years now, she is very thorough and communicates well with her patients. She went through all my medications, and explained in detail what each was for and what effects I could expect.

   — Aurora


Dr. Polkowski is probably the best physician that I have ever had. I am a former patient of hers with the S & W Health Plan . I didn't renew my Insurance with S & W because I'm going to purchase new Insurance in hopes of going back to Dr. Polkowski. She genuinely cares about her patients. She listens with a good ear and truly has a big heart. Thank you Dr. Polkowski. Best Regards, Neva Kennelly

   — Neva Kennelly In Killeen TX.