Dr. James Plotnik, MD

OphthalmologyMaleAge 57

Dr. Plotnik
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Az Pediatric Eye Specialists

1920 E Cambridge Ave Ste 203 Phoenix, AZ 85006

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Dr. James Plotnik, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in Phoenix, AZ and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Michigan Medical School medical school in 1989. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital And Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Plotnik to book an appointment.


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I had a lazy left eye, it was turning in; on his own, not in response to any concern by me, Mr. Plotnik said he was doing the vertical also. I was unaware, but probably this meant higher fee. When I removed bandages 24 hours later, eye was blind, detached retina. He did not see me for 5 weeks after surgery! When I called his office at 2 weeks stating left eye could not see, I was told curtly without interest or concern "stop using the salve". At the 5 week appointment, he rushed me to retina surgeon, who reattached my retina but significant vision loss had occurred, my eye is currently legally blind. Also, my eye was stuck looking up in corner (he had also changed the vertical). None of his fellow lazy eye surgeons in Phoenix would testify this was malpractice. Plotnik attorneys claimed eye detached on its own by coincidence. Recently, I had surgery in LA by brilliant doctor to get eye out of corner, he told me much of his time was spent cleaning scar tissue from what Mr. Plotnik did.
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douglas – May 16, 2020
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We’ve been seeing Dr. Plotnik for 14 years now he’s an amazing doctor never have I had an issue both my kids with special needs see him, thanks to him who saw my son with out referrals and all those procedures we found out on time my baby had cataracts, he didn’t care about all the insurance and all those payments he did everything to help my family, all I have is great experience at he’s care!
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May 14, 2019
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very good experience !!! I was seen exactly on time. Wait time was not even 5 minutes. Dr. Plotnik was wonderful!!! Spent so much time with me - never ever acted impatient or rude. Answered all of my questions - explained things to me in detail. Just a perfect visit. His front staff worked like a well oiled machine. Perfect ! friendly and professional. I highly recommend!!
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Debbie Schneider in Gilbert, AZ – Feb 15, 2019
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I am in considerable pain after surgery from Dr. Plotnik. His office staff are now making it impossible for me to get copies of my medical records sent to another doctor's office so that I can try to get help from someone else. They tell me something different each time I call on the phone.
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Brian in Flagstaff, AZ – Apr 26, 2018
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Dr. Plotnik has been caring for our daughters for almost 10 years and has always been very thorough , professional, and friendly. When our oldest daughter began experiencing migraines Dr. Plotnik quickly saw her to make sure that her vision was not contributing to her headaches in any way. We wouldn’t trust anyone else to take care of our daughters!
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Patricia Rhee in Phoenix, AZ – Apr 18, 2018
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We failed our daughter. If we shouldn't have known from the first rushed consult and push for surgery, we definitely should have figured it out when he basically pretended like the 1st never happened when the results dictated a 2nd. Started with strabismus + headaches. 2 surgeries later we have that and misalignment when looking in certain directions. Dr. was always rushed and made no effort to set expectations. The office experience (scheduling, billing, etc.) is a confusing nightmare.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Vince in PHOENIX – Mar 28, 2018
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Unhappy with results of his surgery after presenting with double vision, I had a second opinion at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Clinic. Had Plotnick done proper, thorough testing, he'd have seen that it was not a matter of my eyes being corrected, but my brain not being able to coordinate images. Therefore, the surgery I'd had was not only unnecessary, but made things slightly worse; even the prisms glued to my eyeglass lenses were useless. Plotnick's arrogance and indifference were breathtaking.
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Phoenix, AZ – Sep 11, 2017
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We LOVE Dr. Plotnik!! He has seen our son for the past 6 years. The Office staff is always very courteous and kind. Dr. Plotnik takes his time with each patient and you know you have his undivided attention when he is with you. He makes you feel like you are his only patient! We HIGHLY recommend Dr. Plotnik!
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CRosenquist in Scottsdale, AZ – Aug 17, 2016
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Extremely incompetent office and Dr. Plotnik can be moody. He does not communicate well.
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E A in Gilbert, AZ – Jul 29, 2016
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Doctor is very good but the staff from the Scottsdale office is HORRIBLE & UNORGANIZED. Hard to talk to someone when you call, good luck getting a call back if you leave a message, you have to call several times to get them to send the prescription over to your pharmacy, horrible when it comes to surgery arrangements and instructions. YOU HAVE TO PAY UPFRONT EVEN IF YOU HAVE MET THE MAXIMUM OUT OF POCKET! The lady from the billing (Tamara) is super rude. She would not re-verify your benefits.
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Perlaa M in phoenix – Apr 12, 2016
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Biography

Dr. James Plotnik, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in Phoenix, AZ and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University...Read more

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

1999
University of Colorado
Fellowship Hospital
1993
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Residency Hospital
1990
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Internship Hospital
1989
University of Michigan Medical School
Medical School

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Phoenix Magazine Top Doctor, 2005, 2010

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

What are Dr. James Plotnik, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Plotnik frequently treats Lazy Eye, Diplopia, and Esotropia. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Plotnik treats.

Where is Dr. James Plotnik, MD's office located?

Dr. Plotnik's office is located at 1920 E Cambridge Ave Ste 203, Phoenix, AZ 85006. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Plotnik's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Lazy Eye
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Plotnik treats Lazy Eye more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Plotnik treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Diplopia
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Plotnik treats Diplopia more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Plotnik treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Esotropia
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Plotnik treats Esotropia more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Plotnik treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Plotnik's conditions and procedures:

  • Acquired Coloboma
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Black Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • Blind Hypertensive Eye
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Cyclotropia
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Eyes
  • Duane Retraction Syndrome
  • Entropion
  • Esotropia
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Exophoria
  • Exotropia
  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Goniotomy
  • Headache
  • Heterophoria
  • Hypertropia
  • Hyphema
  • Hypotropia
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Leucocoria
  • Mechanical Strabismus
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Night Blindness
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pars Planitis
  • Photokeratitis
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Non-Magnetic
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemangioma
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Strabismus
  • Strabismus Surgery
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Trabeculotomy Ab Externo
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vertical Heterophoria
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

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Dr. Plotnik accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Aetna Savings Plus of AZ
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
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Cigna PPO
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First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Locations

Az Pediatric Eye Specialists

Az Pediatric Eye Specialists1920 E Cambridge Ave Ste 203 Phoenix, AZ 85006
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St. Joseph's Hospital And Medical Center

Phoenix, AZ

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)