Wellness And Preventative Care Specialist

The focus of healthcare is shifting because specialists like James B. Cordell, MD, in La Jolla, San Diego, understand the importance of wellness and preventive care. This is a concept embraced by consumers when it comes to things they purchase, such as cars, computers, and homes. Through wellness care and preventive services, Dr. Cordell applies that same theory of regular maintenance to the human body. The goal is to take measures that prevent illnesses before they happen.

Wellness and Preventative Care Q & A

What is wellness care?

Wellness care is about living life free from disease. Many of the choices people make contribute to their poor health. A good example of this is smoking. People who smoke put themselves in the line of fire for several types of cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and diabetes. Today, most people understand that smoking is bad for them, but there are other lifestyle issues they may not consider, even though they lead to similar risks, such as not getting enough exercise or eating fatty foods.

Through wellness care, Dr. Cordell can evaluate aspects of your medical history and lifestyle to give you valuable insight into achieving well-being. Of course, there’s no way to prevent every disease, but effective wellness care gives you the best chance at good health for years to come.

What is preventive care?

Preventive health care is similar to wellness care, but it focuses more on prophylactic measures to prevent or slow the progression of disease through early diagnosis. A good example of this process in action is cancer screening. Early detection is the key to survival for conditions such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. Screening for those illnesses is part of preventive medicine.

Preventive services mean screening for common chronic illnesses such as:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Infectious diseases
  • Cognitive decline

Studies show that most illnesses are preventable at some level. Everything from environmental toxins to poor diet to sedentary lifestyle puts you at risk. The combination of wellness care and preventive medicine works to lower that risk.

How does Dr. Cordell provide wellness and preventive services?

Dr. Cordell’s wellness and preventive care starts with a comprehensive exam and health assessment. He'll do a physical exam that includes a screening of the:

  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Bowels
  • Lungs
  • Skin

He’ll sit and talk with you about family history, past medical problems, and current lifestyle, as well. He may suggest a gender-specific screening, such as a pelvic exam for women or a prostate exam for men. He uses all this information to create a proactive care plan that may include:

  • Advanced screening
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medication

Most people want to live longer and better, but that takes some planning. That’s what wellness care and preventive medicine provide.


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

  • RateMDs

    "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."

    Verified Patient
  • 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."

    Verified Patient
  • 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."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

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

    Verified Patient
  • RateMDs

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

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