Internal Medicine Specialist

James B. Cordell, MD, in La Jolla, San Diego, is board-certified in internal medicine. What this means for patients is that he’s able to offer them a well-rounded menu of medical services. Dr. Cordell treats adult patients ranging in age from 15-100. Put simply, Dr. Cordell is a good choice for anyone looking for a primary care physician who focuses on wellness instead of just treating illness when it happens.

Internal Medicine Q & A

What is internal medicine?

Internal medicine, or general medicine, is a medical specialty that deals with adult conditions and wellness. Dr. Cordell's practice focuses on the prevention of conditions that affect people as they get older, as well as the management of multisystem disease processes. As an internist, Dr. Cordell’s goal is to treat the whole body, as opposed to focusing on just one organ, such as the heart or kidneys.

Specialists in internal medicine study the connection between the various body systems. A person with diabetes, for example, has an increased risk of heart disease, ocular conditions, and reduced kidney function.

Is there anyone internists do not treat?

As a rule, this specialty does not cover children, because they face different challenges than adults. To see Dr. Cordell you must be at least 15.

What kinds of services does Dr. Cordell offer?

As an internist, Dr. Cordell serves as a primary care physician. He provides patients with:

  • Wellness exams
  • Screenings
  • Gynecology exams
  • Skin biopsies

People come to him for just about everything. He diagnoses diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension. He provides adult vaccinations, too, such as the flu shot or shingles vaccine. He creates treatment plans and will coordinate with other medical specialists as needed. For many patients, he serves as the hub for a coordinated care team when dealing with insurance companies, too.

When should patients see Dr. Cordell?

For the most part, you should see Dr. Cordell first for everything except extreme emergencies. Many insurance plans require patients to see their primary care doctor first and then get a referral for a specialty consultation, if necessary. The exception is a medical emergency. A person having serious chest pains or trouble breathing or who has trauma from an accident would seek emergency care at the nearest hospital. Once they’re stable, the hospital staff should contact Dr. Cordell. Dr. Cordell provides relevant medical history to the doctors in the ER and coordinates with them in planning care for his patients.


Our practice accepts most PPO plans and several commercial HMO and Medicare Advantage HMO plans.

We also accept Medicare assignment. This means that we accept the determination of Medicare about the charges for covered services. Medicare pays 80% of this fee after your yearly deductible. We accept almost all Medicare supplement plans, except Medi-Cal.

If you have any questions regarding insurance providers, please call our office.

Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Shield
United Healthcare

Words from our patients

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    "Extremely knowledgeable and always very professional. Dr. Cordell is one of the finest doctors that I have met. I could not recommend him highly enough."

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  • Vitals

    "I have been a patient of Dr. Cordell's for over ten years. He has successfully treated me for a number of severe illnesses, some of which could have been terminal."

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  • Vitals

    "He continuously monitors my diabetes and doesn't hesitate to refer me to a specialist when needed. Staff is always courteous and helpful. I would highly recommend him."

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  • Vitals

    "He listened very carefully and even drew diagrams to further explain my condition. I have confidence in him."

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  • RateMDs

    "Got right in same day if needed and staff was very helpful with insurance... Doctor was excellent with great expertise."

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James Cordell, MD
9850 Genesee Ave., Suite 430
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-452-7320
Fax: 858-452-9276
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