Dr. James Cordell, MD

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9850 Genesee Ave, Suite 430, La Jolla, CA, 92037
320 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 212, Encinitas, CA, 92024

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Since I established my practice in San Diego in 1987, my goal has been to provide of high quality medical care, with an emphasis on preventative care. I try to encourage my patients to use diet, exercise and other good preventative health habits to avoid illness wherever possible.


My office provides internal medicine services to patients 15 to 100+ years of age. These include preventative physical exams, well woman exams and office gynecology, cancer screening, biopsy of suspicious skin lesions, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems such as infections, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, emphysema, arthritis, etc.


I offer consultation in travel medicine to those planning to travel to foreign lands and provide the special vaccines and other medical services needed to protect their health while away from home. To get more information about this service, click on "Travel Health".

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I would not return, kept complaining about patients insurance companies. Left with problem unsolved, waste of a copay.

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Although the initial wait to see the Doc was a bit long, I understand that these things do happen occasionally. Once I did see the doctor though, he was very thorough and professional. Overall, I was very satisfied.

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I waited almost 30 minutes past my appointment date, even though I was early, while I could hear the doctor on a personal phone call. The three times I came in for a knee injury, his examination was extremely brief. He basically eyeballed my knee and told me to stay off of it. After my three visits, the office tried to charge me for an extra visit. He was extremely nice, but I got the feeling he rushed through to get in and out of the exam room as soon as possible.

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They seemed like they were trying to move me out quickly.

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I was late, they were very gracious, got me in. Dr. informed me of new laws, just get to know you stuff. If you like short Dr. appointments you will like this Dr.

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No messing around. The Dr. asked what he could do for me and treated my illness quickly and accurately.

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Great knowledge and perspective

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The appt. With Dr Cordell was very good. He has the best patient Dr relationship with your very first visit . Spends the time too understand your health issue So glad to find him and have met and worked with many MDs. John. RN

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I thought he was very professional and his staff was very kind. I went to see him at the end of the day so there was very little wait but it did seem like it had been a long day for him. The parking situation at the office building is also a little strange to get to because it is right next to the hospital in Scripps.

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New to California and needed to find a PCP. Found him!

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My 1st visit to the Doctor but got a very good feeling from the meeting as he took time to listen to me and explain the treatment and medicine being prescribed. Very good bedside manners and nice staff.

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I just moved to Carlsbad and needed to find a doctor in the area. Dr Cordell is great!! Very nice to work with, addressed all my concerns, really knows his stuff.

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What a disappointment. This was my first, and last visit. Do not see this doctor if you or your family member has an ADD diagnosis. He should state that fact very clearly on his website to save new patients from disrespectful treatment. Dr. Cordell was condescending and rude and lectured me about what I had come into to see him about. I had my medical records shipped to him ahead of time and my impression is he just skimmed them and made judgments about my previous doctor's treatment. He decided he had to lecture and brag about his kids' accomplishments to try to prove some point. I tried to engage him to get a clearer picture and he just blew me off and shuffled me out the door. So very unprofessional!!!

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Seemed a little short and not very compassionate. Not sure if I'll come back.

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Very pleasant. Spent time to discuss health issues. I am looking for a gate keeper to find me specialists when the time comes. I think Dr. Cordell can be that person for me.

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Very arrogant ! Spoke to me like I was an idiot! I graduated from Harvard and he was acting like I was a bum of the streets and was getting frustrated and made jokes about the questions I asked ! I never write reviews but I feel it necessary that when one takes time out of their day to make an appointment about their health and has the experience I had they must share! People you have. A lot of good choices do not choose him !!!!!

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His staff was friendly and professional.

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Quick, efficient, friendly.

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Over all negative. He seemed condescending and as if my visit were an imposition. I found his lack of interpersonal skills an impediment to our communication and left me with a sense of disappointment and distrust. Do I really want my life in this guy's hands? I don't think so. I get better treatment from a waitress slinging $2.00 hash.

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He was very knowledgable, took time to answer all my questions and concerns, explained things clearly, and he tailored my treatment to my lifestyle. Very personable. Would recommend to a friend.

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Very satisfactory

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Was profesional and thorough. Good first visit and was very knowledgeable and asked good questions. Would recommend.

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very satisfactory and very imformative

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Rude, very judgemental, and extremely arrogant. Most definitely the worst experience with a doctor I've ever had, which also included a try at dirty jokes and crude insuations. The only nice thing I have to say about this man and his practice is friendly staff.

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Really impressed and recommended him to my wife

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He listened to what I had to say and offered what I felt to be very good advice. I'd see him again.

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As a first appointment, he was very thorough and helpful.

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I am 26 and quite healthy and it had been a while since I have seen a doctor. Dr. Cordell was very friendly and professional. We chatted while he checked me out, listened and answered my questions, and did not make the visit feel rushed. I don't have much to compare to, but it was an enjoyable experience.

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Unfortunately, I did not feel welcome in his office by the Doctor and by the front office personnel. They seemed much more concerned with my having to reschedule my appointment than the actual reason I needed to see him in the first place.

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I had a good experience! Comfortable to communicate with was truly impressed!

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Great guy. Explains this and seeks practical options.

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Great visit, friendly staff, same day appointment. Don't want to get injured again but if I do I'll book here!

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Dr. Cordell and his nurse were professional and timely. Dr. Cordell explained what was going on and how I could treat my symptoms in a language I could understand. I have now made Dr. Cordell my full time doctor.

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He goes above and beyond your average Dr. Visit. He does a great job explaining a diagnoses and provides great solutions.

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Dr. Cordell was very professional, as was his staff. He is serious, yet still has a sense of humor. When asked specific questions, he responded with detailed medical terminology, which left me feeling like I was in the presence of a seasoned medical practitioner. I would recommend his practice to anyone!

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i ready think he is one of the best doctor i have seen, very excellent.

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