Catherine  Plonka

Catherine Plonka, M.D.

4600 North Ravenswood Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60640

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Catherine Plonka, M.D.

Family Medicine

4600 North Ravenswood Avenue

2nd Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60640


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About Me

  • Medical Specialties: Family Medicine
  • Gender:
  • Age: 50
  • Board Certifications: Family Medicine
  • Secondary Languages: SpanishFrench
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  • Internship: Ravenswood Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Cook County Hospital
  • Residency: Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center
  • Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School Of Medicine

Hospital Affiliations

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Ratings and Comments

Catherine Plonka, M.D.

4.9 out of 5

151 Patient Ratings

Listens carefully to you

4.9 out of 5

151 Patient Ratings

Gives easy to understand instructions

4.9 out of 5

147 Patient Ratings

Explains in a way you understand

5 out of 5

151 Patient Ratings

Spends enough time with you

4.9 out of 5

151 Patient Ratings

Knows your important medical history

4.8 out of 5

150 Patient Ratings

Shows respect for what you say

5 out of 5

150 Patient Ratings


Thanks to Dr. Catherine Plonka for taking care of her patients and I excellent doctor.

Reviewed on August 21, 2018 7:00 PM

I have been seeing Dr. Plonka for quite a few years. Her care has helped me lead a healthy life, as far as possible. She watches out for. Also, she always listens to what I say, whether a comment or a question. She is definitely the absolute best provider for me!

Reviewed on August 5, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is an excellent provider and Human Being. Very caring and has excellent listening skills.

Reviewed on June 26, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is excellent kind - & caring.

Reviewed on June 13, 2018 7:00 PM

Very good appointment. Happy did not have a delay in seeing the provider

Reviewed on May 4, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is wonderful. I've seen her for years and have used the Ravenswood Family Practice for years. They are always helpful and timely.

Reviewed on May 3, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Plonka is amazing! I have seen her since I was in college and now she sees my 3 kids as well. She goes above and beyond for her patients and i wish there were more doctors like her.

Reviewed on April 23, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka was excellent.

Reviewed on March 25, 2018 7:00 PM

I always have an excellent visit with Dr. Plonka. She is very thorough and informative. I always feel listened to and she always does her best to help me with whatever I need.

Reviewed on February 8, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Plonka has been our family doctor for over 15 years. She is the best provider you can possible have! She is magnificent doctor, health care provider and she is now a huge part of our family. We are blessed to have her!!

Reviewed on February 1, 2018 6:00 PM

Catherine Plonka treats us a partners in our care decisions. She is respectful & humble, and inspires our trust. She is very responsive & willing to consider our ideas.

Reviewed on January 23, 2018 6:00 PM

We have been seeing Dr. Plonka since XX was born - six years! She is an amazing provider and we feel lucky to be her patients.

Reviewed on January 14, 2018 6:00 PM

I love working with Dr. Plonka; she is very supportive and listen to my concerns. We always discuss my health issues and she advises me on solutions I can live with.

Reviewed on December 27, 2017 6:00 PM

As always, Dr. Plonka was great.

Reviewed on December 19, 2017 6:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is an excellent communicator & creative problem solver as always.

Reviewed on October 25, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka arranged an early office visit when her schedule & mine were conflicting. I really appreciated her going "above & beyond" her usual excellent care.

Reviewed on October 24, 2017 7:00 PM

Was seen promptly and examined well. Was able to make a probable diagnosis to one issue and treat another.

Reviewed on October 4, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is the best doctor I have ever had.

Reviewed on September 29, 2017 7:00 PM

Advocate is the best for me and my family.There survive is outstanding.I recommend for all the people to have Advocate Care.

Reviewed on September 20, 2017 7:00 PM

Excellent, as always. She takes care of me.

Reviewed on September 17, 2017 7:00 PM

Pleasant as always. Our rapport has many years behind it & we love catching up on life during my visits.

Reviewed on September 14, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is amazing! She was extremely professional and knowledgeable and even though it was my first time seeing her she made me very comfortable.

Reviewed on September 12, 2017 7:00 PM

Great experience - very thorough, thoughtful & knowledgeable.

Reviewed on August 31, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is wonderful. She's a great listener. I just wish it didn't take 3 months to get an appointment with her.

Reviewed on June 30, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is a wonderful doctor & person.

Reviewed on June 22, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is a provider who is consistently excellent in her practice medically & in her personal concern for her patient.

Reviewed on June 21, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is very attentive. She spends time watching my daughter and asks several times if I have questions or concerns. Then we talk though these concerns.

Reviewed on June 13, 2017 7:00 PM

I like her cause she looked happy & cheerful when she entered the exam room.

Reviewed on May 30, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka was amazing. This was my fist visit with her as my new internist and I'm glad she is my doctor now.

Reviewed on April 17, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is our long time family practice doctor and can be considered a family friend. Our talk was frank, cordial and useful.

Reviewed on March 26, 2017 7:00 PM

Excellent provider, give me easy to understand information about health questions. Very caring and understanding.

Reviewed on March 21, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka was great! She was compassionate, concerned, and well informed.

Reviewed on March 12, 2017 7:00 PM

I always like my visit with Dr. Plonka & assoc.

Reviewed on March 6, 2017 6:00 PM

I love Dr. Plonka. She is the best family doctor I have ever had. She is always up-to-date on the most recent medical practices and treatment, and she is extremely easy to talk to. I feel fortunate to have her as my doctor.

Reviewed on February 26, 2017 6:00 PM

Dr. Plonka has always been very attentive and responsive to my needs. This is what keeps me coming back. Additionally, I have referred a number of my friends to her.

Reviewed on January 28, 2017 6:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is an excellent family doctor. I have been seeing her for 15 years and am very pleased with the care that I get. She answers my questions, listens to my concerns.

Reviewed on January 24, 2017 6:00 PM

Catherine Plonka speaks directly to our children in a respectful, non-condescending way. She makes them laugh. She listens to them.

Reviewed on January 1, 2017 6:00 PM

She was very patient with me and showed me compassion.

Reviewed on December 28, 2016 6:00 PM

The doctor was very nice, caring, and empathetic. I was actually very surprised by how much she seemed to care. I would definitely go back to see her.

Reviewed on December 4, 2016 6:00 PM

I love Dr. Plonka. She is the best primary care physician I have had so far during my lifetime.

Reviewed on November 22, 2016 6:00 PM

This appointment was a follow-up to discuss possible high blood pressure. I appreciate Dr Plonka's respect for me as a patient and her patient explanation of procedures. She always takes time to listen and has a delightful sense of humor. I have recommended Dr Plonka to friends in the past and will continue to do so.

Reviewed on November 20, 2016 6:00 PM

Was updated that my blood pressure had risen. Had seen provider in February and wasn't alerted by nurse then. Think it should be standard procedure for nurse to state bp especially if patient has hypertension. I usually ask but forgot. Otherwise had good discussion about ongoing health issues. Was pleased with visit

Reviewed on November 20, 2016 6:00 PM

Dr Plonka is a "model" doctor. She is very familiar with my personal medical needs and offers medical advice and counseling to me based on my personal needs. She is very responsive to me when I contact her through e-mail using the Advocate portal, and she always answers on a timely basis.I feel she knows me as a person and offers me the best care and medical advice available. She is understanding, asks me pertinent questions about my health. and has my best interests in mind. She is WONDERFUL!

Reviewed on November 7, 2016 6:00 PM

Dr. Plonka treated me very professionally and was very caring.

Reviewed on October 9, 2016 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is one of the best primary care doctor I have had. Love her!

Reviewed on September 27, 2016 7:00 PM


Reviewed on September 25, 2016 7:00 PM

I am wife & guardian - patient has dementia - Dr. Plonka is knowledgeable & kind and respectful.

Reviewed on September 15, 2016 7:00 PM

It was good.

Reviewed on July 20, 2016 7:00 PM

Had my annual physical with Dr. Plonka - she was attentive, respectful and helpful. I felt very comfortable with her & look forward to working with her again!

Reviewed on June 22, 2016 7:00 PM

I prefer to only see Dr. Plonka! She is very understanding and has a great bedside manner. I feel I have a good rapport with her.

Reviewed on May 15, 2016 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is a caring provider -

Reviewed on April 13, 2016 7:00 PM

Excellent dr. always kind, patient and very helpful.

Reviewed on April 11, 2016 7:00 PM

I was very satisfied - timely visit, helpful & caring -

Reviewed on April 10, 2016 7:00 PM

Understanding & knowledgeable of my medical history.

Reviewed on March 9, 2016 6:00 PM

Very respectful, caring concerned about my health, and others concern, I may have overall. Thanks.

Reviewed on March 6, 2016 6:00 PM

This was a regular check-up that included regulation of meds, questions about other concerns, a referral, etc. Dr. Plonka is very thorough and caring.

Reviewed on January 24, 2016 6:00 PM

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Clinical Interests

  • Geriatric Assessment & Evaluation
  • Geriatrics
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Lgb Health Services
  • Tgnc - Hormone/Surgery/Procedures
  • Tgnc Primary Care &/Or Obgyn


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