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Ronald D. Plotnik, M.D., M.B.A.

Ronald D. Plotnik, M.D., M.B.A.

Cornea & External Eye Disease , Ophthalmology

4.9 out of 5 stars
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Dr. Plotnik is a board certified fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in medical diseases of the cornea and anterior surface of the eye. He has extensive experience treating patients with dry eye, blepharitis, Sjogrens syndrome, corneal injuries, contact lens complications, scleritis,...
Dr. Plotnik is a board certified fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in medical diseases of the cornea and anterior surface of the eye. He has extensive experience treating patients with dry eye, blepharitis, Sjogrens syndrome, corneal injuries, contact lens complications, scleritis, ocular surface disease, corneal genetic diseases, and other corneal disorders. Dr. Plotnik has an additional post-graduate degree in Medical Management and is actively involved in Quality Assurance initiatives, practice management, and resident education.

Dr. Plotnik joined the faculty at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 1991 as an assistant professor and also serves as the associate medical director of the Rochester Eye and Human Parts Bank. He earned highest distinctions at the University of Michigan, where he received his Bachelor of Science and medical degree. After completing an ophthalmology residency and serving as chief resident at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he received further training through a cornea and external disease fellowship at the University of California-Davis.

Dr. Plotnik is actively affiliated with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye Bank Association of America, and the Rochester Ophthalmic Society. He sees patients at the University of Rochester Flaum Eye Institute offices located at 210 Crittenden Boulevard.

Certified Specialties

Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology

Faculty Appointments

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology - Department of Ophthalmology (SMD)

Credentials

Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, University of Rochester Medical Center.

Fellowship, Corneal and External Diseases, University of CA Davis Medical Center-Cardiology GME.

Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

Publications

Journal Articles

Cellular Infiltrate in Rheumatoid Arthritis-associated Paracentral Corneal Ulceration.

Kalsow CM, Ching SS, Plotnik RD

Ocular immunology and inflammation.. 2017 December 25 (6):878-883. Epub 08/11/2016.

Prior hospital admission predicts thirty-day hospital readmission for heart failure patients.

McLaren DP, Jones R, Plotnik R, Zareba W, McIntosh S, Alexis J, Chen L, Block R, Lowenstein C, Kutyifa V

Cardiology journal.. 2016 23 (2):155-62. Epub 01/18/2016.

Infectious endophthalmitis in adult eyes receiving Boston type I keratoprosthesis.

Ramchandran RS, Diloreto DA, Chung MM, Kleinman DM, Plotnik RP, Graman P, Aquavella JV

Ophthalmology.. 2012 April 119 (4):674-81. Epub 01/23/2012.

Computerized topographic analysis of the healing graft after penetrating keratoplasty for keratoconus.

Khong AM, Mannis MJ, Plotnik RD, Johnson CA

American journal of ophthalmology.. 1993 February 15115 (2):209-15. Epub 1900 01 01.

Corneal topography of posterior keratoconus.

Mannis MJ, Lightman J, Plotnik RD

Cornea.. 1992 July 11 (4):351-4. Epub 1900 01 01.

Pemphigus and pemphigoid.

Schwab IR, Plotnik RD, Mannis MJ

Archives of ophthalmology.. 1992 February 110 (2):171. Epub 1900 01 01.

Tuberculous choroiditis diagnosed by chorioretinal endobiopsy.

Barondes MJ, Sponsel WE, Stevens TS, Plotnik RD

American journal of ophthalmology.. 1991 October 15112 (4):460-1. Epub 1900 01 01.

Herpes simplex dendritic keratitis after keratoplasty.

Mannis MJ, Plotnik RD, Schwab IR, Newton RD

American journal of ophthalmology.. 1991 April 15111 (4):480-4. Epub 1900 01 01.

Therapeutic contact lenses.

Plotnik RD, Mannis MJ, Schwab IR

International ophthalmology clinics.. 1991 31 (2):35-52. Epub 1900 01 01.

Books

Current Ocular Therapy, Fifth Edition (1998)

Chapter: Papilloma

Authors: Plotnik, RD

Publisher: W. B. Saunders Co, Orlando, FL 1998

Eye and Skin Disease (1997)

Chapter: Molluscum Contagiosum and Papillomas

Authors: Plotnik RD, Brown M

Publisher: Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, PA 1997

Primary Care for Women (1997)

Chapter: Red Eye

Authors: Plotnik, RD; Sterns GK

Publisher: Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, PA 1997

Primary Care for Women (1997)

Chapter: Corneal Diseases and Contact Lenses

Authors: Plotnik RD, Sterns GK

Publisher: Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, PA 1997

Cornea (1997)

Chapter: Filamentary Keratitis

Authors: Fakadej AF, Plotnik RD

Publisher: Mosby, St. Louis, MO 1997

USMLE Step 3 Reviews--Specialty Clinical Sciences (1997)

Chapter: Anatomy of the Glove and Orbit

Authors: Plotnik RD, Nguyen T

Publisher: Mosby, St. Louis, MO 1997

USMLE Step 3 Reviews--Specialty Clinical Sciences (1997)

Chapter: Cataracts

Authors: Plotnik Rd, Ramasamy S

Publisher: Mosby, St. Louis, MO 1997

USMLE Step 3 Reviews--Specialty Clinical Sciences (1997)

Chapter: Conjunctivitis

Authors: Plotnik RD

Publisher: Mosby, St. Louis, MO 1997

USMLE Step 3 Reviews--Specialty Clinical Sciences (1997)

Chapter: Diabetic Retinopathy

Authors: Plotnik RD, Amin A

Publisher: Mosby, St. Louis, MO 1997

USMLE Step 3 Reviews--Specialty Clinical Sciences (1997)

Chapter: Eyelid and Lacrimal System Pathology

Authors: Plotnik RD, Frank J

Publisher: Mosby, St. Louis, MO 1997

USMLE Step 3 Reviews--Specialty Clinical Sciences (1997)

Chapter: Glaucoma

Authors: Plotnik RD, Huang M

Publisher: Mosby, St. Louis, MO 1997

USMLE Step 3 Reviews--Specialty Clinical Sciences (1997)

Chapter: Hypertensive Retinopathy

Authors: Plotnik RD, Amin A

Publisher: Mosby, St. Louis, MO 1997

Ratings & Comments

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Ratings

During this visit, did this provider spend enough time with you?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider show respect for what you had to say?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider give you easy to understand information about these health questions or concerns?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider listen carefully to you?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?

4.9 stars

Patient Comments

5.0 stars

Dr Plotnik is the best! I have seen him since he was a first year doctor. He is caring and concerned and friendly. As a diabetic and concerned with eye health, he has always cared for my health, and I attribute my good eye health to his care and demeanor. So lucky to know this wonderful man.

Mar 18, 2024

5.0 stars

I love Dr. Plotnik

Mar 18, 2024

4.6 stars

Always patient and thorough

Mar 11, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr Plotnik is The most wonderful Doctor! He is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, kind and caring. I am so fortunate to have him taking care of my eyes. He treats me with respect and I am extremely GRATEFUL for his expertise and knowledge. I always rave about him to my family and friends.Thank you Dr Plotnick for always taking such wonderful care of me!!!

Mar 07, 2024

5.0 stars

Good listener. Validates & empathizes w/frustration to deal w/my problem.

Feb 23, 2024

5.0 stars

I had no problems visiting this outpatient clinic.

Feb 15, 2024

5.0 stars

I apprecite the Dr. Very much

Jan 01, 2024

5.0 stars

Good experience

Dec 20, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr. Plotnik is the best!!

Dec 12, 2023

5.0 stars

Have been seeing Dr. Plotnik for years. He has always been very caring, answers all my concerns never rushing or short on counsel or time.

Nov 21, 2023

5.0

Excellent care provided by Dr. Plotnik

Oct 31, 2023

5.0

He is an excellent doctor

Oct 15, 2023

3.8

I love seeing Dr. Plotnik at my appts. He makes me feel very comfortable as patient. He's a great doctor.

Sep 13, 2023

5.0

My favorite UofR doctor hands down. I recommend him to everyone and always leave feeling great about my care!

Aug 22, 2023

5.0

Good

Aug 17, 2023

5.0

I am highly grateful [...] to Dr. Plotnik for an evaluation to discern whether my sudden onset vision issue was a side effect of a medication [...]. [...] I have found that all of the healthcare provided in the UR system is the absolute best.

Aug 09, 2023

5.0

Extremely communicative.

Aug 08, 2023

5.0

Never had a problem

Jul 21, 2023

5.0

I love Dr. Plotnik and have recommended him to family members

Jul 19, 2023

Excellent communication with Dr Plotnik.

Jul 11, 2023

4.6

Doctor is very caring; Just a bit on overload.

Jul 07, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable.

Jun 15, 2023

5.0

He explains well and even drew me little diagrams of my eye.

May 16, 2023

5.0

Good.

May 05, 2023

5.0

Dr. Plotnik has helped manage my conditions for more than 30 years. Without his knowledge and skill I'd be in bad shape. He's the best.

May 01, 2023

5.0

Dr. Plotnik is my all time favorite doctor because he always makes me feel better about how I'm taking care of myself. He honestly is the only doctor (and I see a lot of them) who gives me good news and is always positive, even when the news isn't so great! He knows my medical background and knows SO much about Type 1 Diabetes. Medical professionals are so busy these days, a number of them just rush patients out the door. I was grateful for the time that he took to talk to me and for the positive feedback!

Apr 19, 2023

5.0

Dr. Plotnik is knowledgeable, friendly, and always helpful. What a great asset to the U of R staff!

Apr 11, 2023

5.0

My doctor drew a picture of my eye to provide information and choices. Perfect!

Mar 28, 2023

5.0

Dr. Plotnik is by far the best eye doctor that I've had.

Mar 16, 2023

5.0

Dr. Plotnik has a great personality.

Feb 14, 2023

5.0

I believe Dr Plotnik is one of the best doctors in his field. I would recommend him to all my friends and family.

Jan 23, 2023

5.0

Dr. Plotnik is outstanding!

Jan 22, 2023

4.5

Dr. Plotnik has been taking care of me since 2015. He is always kind, compassionate, extremely professional and knowledgeable about any concerns I may have along with my routine follow-up care for my eye visits. I truly appreciate the care that I received from Dr Plotnik!

Jan 10, 2023

5.0

Caring, talented, excellent. So very grateful to have been able to see him!!

Jan 06, 2023

5.0

Dr. Plotnick was his usual gracious self!

Dec 08, 2022

5.0

Good experience all around.

Nov 21, 2022

5.0

I am grateful to have Dr. Plotnik as a doctor. He's an exceptional, thoughtful, informed physician.

Nov 07, 2022

5.0

I am convinced that without Dr. Plotnik,s knowledge skill and understanding my cornea condition would not have been as well managed as it is.

Nov 06, 2022

5.0

POVIDER WAS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. IFELT WELL INFORMED AND DOMFORTABLE WITH MY EYE CARE PROGRAM WHEN APPOINTMENT WAS COMPLETED.

Nov 02, 2022

5.0

I've seen Dr. Plotnik for many years and he's wonderful - he is the only reason I still see UofR for this service because I do not live in the area anymore.

Oct 16, 2022

5.0

There were no problems!!! Just a routine yearly exam

Oct 11, 2022

5.0

Always attentive & interested.

Oct 04, 2022

5.0

It was a good visit and experience.

Sep 30, 2022

5.0

Dr. Plotnik is nothing short of fantastic! He is knowledgeable, thoughtful and most importantly, compassionate. His values and approach are also reflected by the members of his team. I'm serious when I say that he is exceptional and superior. The Flaum Eye Institute needs to observe his approach and try and to replicate it throughout the organization. You are fortunate to have him on their team.

Aug 26, 2022

5.0

Dr Plotnik is wonderful. A great doctor

Aug 23, 2022

5.0

The doctor is simply the finest eye doctor I have ever had. I have an eye problem that needs a top notch doctor to keep a eye on its progress annd he does that for me. When it is at its worst place, he will operate.

Aug 22, 2022

4.2

Dr Plotnik is attentive, courteous, and professional. I like that he was informative as he assessed my vision care. He provided a summary of his findings and what needed to be done regarding my eye care.

Aug 07, 2022

5.0

Dr informed me of conditions of my & answered all questions

Aug 05, 2022

4.2

Dr. Plotnik was very receptive to my explanation of frustrations with the systems issues at the institute.

Aug 01, 2022

5.0

Dr. Plotnik is an outstanding doctor!

Jul 28, 2022

5.0

Couldn't ask for a better ophthalmologist/doctor; also like a friend. Also, Dr. Plotnik is outstandingly dedicated to being FAIR about honoring the time distribution among his patients on his... days.

Jul 28, 2022

5.0

Dr Plotnik is fantastic. He is very caring, he listens to my concerns, explains what he feels the Issue may be and makes recommendations. He spends as much time as needed with me and I never get the feeling he Is trying to rush out. I could not be more pleased with the care Dr Plotnik has given me over the past 5-6 years.

Jul 26, 2022

5.0

This was my first appointment with Dr.P. And this office. Dr.P is extremely knowledgeable and a kind human being. I drove 1.5 hours for appointment and will continue to do so.

Jul 19, 2022

5.0

Dr. Plotnik in is excellent. He listens, he explains what is going on and options for treatment. He let's you know expected outcomes and time frames and also any risks. He discusses this and includes me and others, as appropriate, in the final decision making. It is my choice to bases on his recommendations. Fabulous doctor.

Jul 16, 2022

5.0

Dr. Plotnik always listens very well to everything you say!! He asks me about the generic medicine I was taking. I told him how I felt - & I am now back on REGULAR not generic!!

Jun 17, 2022

5.0

Dr. Plotnick answered all of my questions and addressed all of my concerns about my eyes and the many eye issues that I have, or am at risk to have.

May 22, 2022

5.0

Highly recommend Dr. Plotnik

May 22, 2022

5.0

Very positive experience

May 09, 2022

5.0

I absolutely trust and very skilled as a Doctor

Apr 23, 2022

5.0

I have on going issues that are frustrating Dr. Plotnik is patient, supportive, and thorough.

Apr 19, 2022

5.0

1st time seeing Dr. Plotnik and very satisfied. Spent sufficient time with me, asking relevant medical history questions, thorough exam and full explanation of treatment options.

Apr 11, 2022

5.0

Dr Plotnik was fantastic!

Apr 08, 2022

5.0

Dr. Plotnick explains everything, listens to questions/concerns, and is always encouraging.

Mar 29, 2022

5.0

Thank you Dr. Plotnick. Love seeing you!

Mar 15, 2022

5.0

Good

Mar 11, 2022

5.0

Dr Plotnik is wonderful. He has been my ophthalmologist for 30 years. He listens, informs, and cares. A great person and professional. I have diabetes, and because of him, my eye health is very good.

Feb 15, 2022

5.0

I already recommended Flaum to my colleagues who suffered a similar eye injury.

Feb 13, 2022

5.0

He is genuinely internet in provider best care.

Feb 09, 2022

5.0

He has always been good to me that's why I been with him for years

Feb 02, 2022