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About Dr. James L Plotnik

Dr. James L Plotnik, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Scottsdale, AZ, with another office in Phoenix, AZ. He has 29 years of experience. His specialties include Ophthalmology. Dr. Plotnik is affiliated with Tempe St Lukes Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. Dr. Plotnik has received 1 award. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

39 Ratings with 13 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. James L Plotnik is Great. Dr. James L Plotnik has been rated by 39 patients. From those 39 patients 13 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. James L Plotnik is 3.6 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

James L Plotnik Md

20201 N Scottsdale Healthcare Dr Ste 150
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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Arizona Pediatric Eye Specialists

1920 E Cambridge Ave Ste 203
Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Dr. James L Plotnik has the following 1 specialty

  • Ophthalmology

    An ophthalmologist has the training to do much more than just prescribe glasses. They are physicians specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eyes and vision. These doctors are experts on the complicated anatomy of the eye and are trained to treat eye diseases through both medical and surgical methods.
    Some common conditions that ophthalmologists treat are cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and amblyopia. In addition, ophthalmologists can provide prescriptions for eye glasses and contact lenses and perform LASIK surgery and other corrective surgeries for refractive errors like myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. James L Plotnik has the following 12 expertise

  • Vision Issues
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Eye Pain
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Eye Exam
  • Lazy Eye (Strabismus)
  • Blindness
  • Lasik Surgery
  • Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma

Board Certifications

Dr. James L Plotnik is Board Certified in 1 specialty

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Arrogance meant poor performance

Unhappy with the results of his surgery for double vision, had a second opinion at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Clinic. Had Plotnick done proper, thorough testing, he'd have seen that it wasn't the issue of my eyes not coordinating images properly, it's my brain which can't properly receive the images seen. The surgery was unnecessary (made thing slightly worse!), the lens prisms Plotnick prescribed were useless...his arrogance, indifference, and the general 'know-it-all attitude (he was dismissive of my issues, respectfully presented) are truly breathtaking. Took six minutes with me, each meeting. Angry--but it's not technically malpractice.

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One Star

Waited over an hour and a half with my 18 month old before being given about 3 minutes total with Dr. Plotnick. I am currently looking for another specialist to perform my son's eye surgery due to their lack of professionalism, bedside manner, and overall lack of compassion for patients. In my opinion, they over book just to get as much money in their pockets as possible. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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Five Stars

Excellent care

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My son was born with a congenital eye condition that was diagnosed when he was 4 months old. It was terrifying to think that your new baby had this challenge. The nurse was abrupt and wanted to dilate my son's eyes. I questioned this and she got snotty and left the room. About 10 minutes later, Dr. Plotnik stuck his head in the door, announced my son has this condition and to dilate his eyes and closed the door. I was terrified and he and his staff were no help. They always seem to be rushed and distracted. He used words like jiggly and wiggly to describe my son's eye condition and constantly talked about surgery. I would get a sick stomach days before an appointment knowing I would have to deal with him and his staff. I finally found another doctor and my son does wonderfully and has never needed a surgery. Dr. Plotnik might know his stuff but he needs to slow down and remember that these are children and they are the world to their parents who are scared and worried.

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Dr. Plotnik is best in the practice - great communication and bedside manner!

Superb bedside manner, great with my son and more than willing to communicate with parents. After dealing with an arrogant, and flat-out rude doctor in the same practice, Dr. Plotnik was a breath of fresh air. He is not only incredibly knowledgeable and skilled, but takes the time to answer ALL of my questions...and explain things in a way I can understand. For morning appointments (which I prefer) we haven't run into issues regarding wait times, but he definitely gets backed up in the afternoons. The one time we had a late after noon appointment, we waited almost an hour in the room. There is always a super long hold time to make an appointment, though, and they could most definitely benefit from hiring another few people to answer the phones.

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  • Awards

    1 Award

  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors

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  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Plotnik is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    29 Years Experience

  • University Of Michigan Medical School

    Graduated in 1989

  • Cleveland Clinic Health System


  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. James L Plotnik accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Savings Plus of AZ
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
    • Aetna Whole Health Banner Health Network HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Health Net
    • Health Net AZ HMO ExcelCare Network
    • Health Net AZ PPO HSA
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana National POS
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

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