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Dr. James Cordell, MD

Primary Care Doctor

Professional statement

**PLEASE BE ADVISED: WE HAVE A 24 HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY!!** 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".

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross

Specialties

  • Primary Care Doctor

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Board certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of California, Los Angeles, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Utah, University Hospital, Internship in Internal Medicine
  • University of Utah, University Hospital, Fellowship in Internal Medicine

Professional memberships

  • American Medical Association

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1255403267

Office locations

James B. Cordell, M.D.

9850 Genesee Ave, Suite 430

La Jolla, CA 92037

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To the point, no-nonsense checkup. Got my physical, flu shot, paperwork, and out the door without issue. Exactly what I was looking for. Had a bit of a wait due to a staffing problem, but he apologized, so all was well.
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The doctor seemed to be just going through the motions -very mechanical. All he did was give me paperwork to look for ANOTHER doctor. The nurse left the patient room door wide open when she did my EKG...this allowed every mancoming out of the bathroom to see my bare chest. I was mortified. This place doesn’t follow protocol or proper patient privacy
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Very insensitive, cold and rushed through my appointment. I took the day off to see him. He did not help nor give any direction on how to fix my ailments.
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Really kind guy
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Very knowledgeable doctor.
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Very quick and impersonal.
Less than 1 year ago
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Upon visiting Dr. Cordell, I was very pleased to see such personality in the waiting areas with photos of he and his sons. The wait, however was quite long. He was apologetic but coming from work during a lunch break, Icould not afford too much time. He met with me for a few minutes and advised me to keep doing what I was already doing to treat myself and get imaging done just to be safe. He recommended me to someone afterwards if the problem persisted. He's very knowledgeable and to the point but a little upset from having to deal with his previous patients, so his tone was a little harsher, but the wait time for me was disappointing. When I was dismissed after being there for already 45 minutes, I went to get imaging done, which took an hour alone - so I ended up being out of the office for two hours plus paid for parking, to basically keep doing what I was doing. I had to end up seeing a specialized physician and wish I just did that from the start. I'm sure he's a great, caring, and quick doctor, but my experience might have been just different.
Less than 1 year ago
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Never on time. This is a problem.
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Friendly and efficient
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Very professional with great bedside manner.
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Doctor had good bedside manner but was impersonal. I still have the same issue that I scheduled an appointment to resolve. Dr. Cordell thought that my hair breaking and falling out and nails turning white was related to a deficiency invitamin b or an issue related to my thyroid glands. I was tested for both at Labcorp, then I was mailed test results of normal for both from Dr. Cordell's office and nothing was resolved. I will have to reschedule with a different doctor.
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Makes you feel comfortable.
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He was great as always.
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Dr. Cordell is knowledgeable, direct and to the point, exactly what I prefer when seeking medical care.
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Dr Cordell was very polite and courteous. He clearly explained risk/benefit of treatment options and was quite straight forward. I will likely use him as my primary care doctor moving forward.
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He's persona was rude and his tone of voice was demeaning
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Condescending, dismissive, and uncaring. He did help me refill a med I was out of so that's the only plus. Did NOT make me feel "cared for".
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Dr.Cordell is an old school doctor, not a modern Doctor-robots. He takes time to ask the wright questions and is trying to understand what is wrong and to help.
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The doctor is very straight forward and factual. He does not sugar coat his diagnosis. It was fine with me but may challenge others.
More than 1 year ago
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It took two days to get the two prescriptions he wrote filled. Two calls to his office. The first day generated no response at all.
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I would not return, kept complaining about patients insurance companies. Left with problem unsolved, waste of a copay.
More than 1 year ago
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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. Hebasically 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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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.
More than 1 year ago
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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 forhim. 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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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.
More than 1 year ago
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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
More than 1 year ago
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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
More than 1 year ago
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New to California and needed to find a PCP. Found him!
More than 1 year ago
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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 disrespectfultreatment. 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!!!
More than 1 year ago
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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 ! Inever 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 !!!!!
More than 1 year ago
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His staff was friendly and professional.
More than 1 year ago
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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 mylife in this guy's hands? I don't think so. I get better treatment from a waitress slinging $2.00 hash.
More than 1 year ago
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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Really impressed and recommended him to my wife
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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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 makethe visit feel rushed. I don't have much to compare to, but it was an enjoyable experience.
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I had a good experience! Comfortable to communicate with was truly impressed!
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