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: 51
  • Board Certifications: Family Medicine
  • Secondary Languages: SpanishFrench



  • Fellowship: Cook County Hospital
  • Residency: Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center
  • Internship: Ravenswood Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • 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

136 Patient Ratings

Gives easy to understand instructions

4.9 out of 5

128 Patient Ratings

Explains in a way you understand

4.9 out of 5

135 Patient Ratings

Listens carefully to you

4.9 out of 5

136 Patient Ratings

Knows your important medical history

4.7 out of 5

135 Patient Ratings

Shows respect for what you say

4.9 out of 5

136 Patient Ratings

Spends enough time with you

4.8 out of 5

136 Patient Ratings


Dr. Plonka was - and always is - a wonderful provider.

Reviewed on October 31, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is an excellent physician - this was my 1st visit -

Reviewed on October 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Planka is an excellent family physician.

Reviewed on October 24, 2019 7:00 PM

She is an excellent provider. I always feel listened to and respected.

Reviewed on September 26, 2019 7:00 PM

She has helped me a lot, both physically and emotionally. My cat is ill & my father is in hospice and I am moving from...

Reviewed on September 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is always caring & answers any question I have!

Reviewed on September 18, 2019 7:00 PM

I've consistently experienced great and attentive service from Dr. Plonka as a result, I have referred a few new patients to her.

Reviewed on August 21, 2019 7:00 PM

I'm so happy dr Plonka is my physician. I feel like she's a partner in my care, she listens and respects my input.

Reviewed on August 2, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is an excellent doctor and every visit with her is a good experience!

Reviewed on July 28, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka exemplifies the very best in a physician - She is a good listener, she addresses the health issues (that the patient brings up) with info, recommendations, and options when warranted - She knows the patient as a person, not a patient.

Reviewed on July 9, 2019 7:00 PM

Seeing Dr. Plonks is always an experience I look forward to. The most recent appointment was no exception!

Reviewed on June 23, 2019 7:00 PM

I am grateful for and delighted by Dr. Plonka. I transferred to her because of the ACA and feel like i won the jackpot!

Reviewed on June 23, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is an excellent doctor. She always takes the time to thoroughly listen and provides great feedback.

Reviewed on June 20, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka has always been terrific. She knows our family and knows my child and takes time with us for well-child visits, even though we don't have major concerns. We're always happy to see her!

Reviewed on June 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is my regular doctor & has been for over 10 years & I will continue w/her until she retires!

Reviewed on May 22, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka is excellent. Compassionate and smart. I feel lucky to be able to see her.

Reviewed on April 28, 2019 7:00 PM

I always have a great visit with Dr. Plonka. I can ask her anything. She also promptly follows up with a phone call whenever I have routine lab work as I did with this appointment.

Reviewed on April 18, 2019 7:00 PM

It took 2.5 months to get an appointment at the earliest. The visit itself was fine. I needed to be seen earlier.

Reviewed on March 20, 2019 7:00 PM

Excellent we love Advocate so much.

Reviewed on March 17, 2019 7:00 PM

I had a late appointment and it took more than 15 minutes after arriving in the doctor's waiting room. Since later appointment not too surprised. Talked w/provider about best way to set up future appointments.

Reviewed on February 20, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Plonka knows me & my condition well. She is always open to what I have to say. Knowing me as well as she does, she's the reason I'm doing as well as I m - I love her.

Reviewed on February 6, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr Plonka ia a caring physician who knows her patients. She is aware of all of my medical issues and always makes to ask me if there are any questions I have of her.

Reviewed on January 30, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Plonka always seems to ask the right questions & have the most knowledgeable answers. She listens very well & understands my issues - Very compassionate.

Reviewed on January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

very good . dr. Plonka listened very well to me and cares about my health and welfare .

Reviewed on January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Plonka has been my PCP since I was 12! I trust her with everything and every decision in my life. she is truly what a family doctor or what any doctor's personality should be!

Reviewed on January 27, 2019 6:00 PM

My only experience is having to wait two or more months for an appointment with the doctor.

Reviewed on December 27, 2018 6:00 PM

My dr. is so caring and compassionate. Not only toward me, but toward every one. The best dr. ever.

Reviewed on November 29, 2018 6:00 PM

This visit was a Medicare a Wellness visit. Dr Plonka had a med student she was traioning and asked if he could remain for my exam. I graciously gave permission, and both of them talked to me about my health care. I received a very thorough exam and received feedback on it afterwards. Additionally, Dr Plonka and I discussed my upcoming January 2019 bilateral knee replacement surgery and how she would do the pre-op exam in mid- December. I left the visit feeling well taken care of and knowledgeable about my current health status.

Reviewed on October 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Plonka was great.

Reviewed on October 21, 2018 7:00 PM

This was a follow-up visit. Chronic problems as well as new concerns were discussed and Dr. Plonka provided excellent, appropriate care and recommendations (as always). She's the best!

Reviewed on October 14, 2018 7:00 PM

I never feel rushed during a visit. Dr. Plonka is warm, caring & knowledgeable - I feel extremely lucky to have her for my physician.

Reviewed on September 19, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Catherine Plonka is such an asset to the Advocate Medical Group. She is the best and I hope that she continues to practice forever!!!

Reviewed on September 13, 2018 7:00 PM

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

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Clinical Interests

  • Geriatric Assessment and Evaluation
  • Geriatrics
  • LGBTQ Health
  • TGNC - Hormone/Surgery/Procedures
  • TGNC - Primary Care/OBGYN


  • AAH Preferred – Team Member Plan
  • AAH Select – Team Member Plan
  • AARP MedicareComplete Plus HMO - POS
  • Aetna Better Health Premier Plan MMAI
  • Aetna Choice POS
  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice (MC) POS
  • Aetna NAP - PPO
  • Aetna Open Access POS
  • Aetna Open Choice POS
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select Choice EPO
  • Aetna Select POS
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Aetna US Healthcare Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Beech Street Network PPO
  • Blue Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross HMO Illinois
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO - POS
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Blue Cross PPO
  • Blue Cross PPO - Advocate Associate Medical Plan
  • Blue Precision Bronze HMO
  • Blue Precision Gold HMO
  • Blue Precision HMO
  • Blue Precision Platinum HMO
  • Blue Precision Silver HMO
  • BlueCare Direct
  • Cigna C - 5 POS
  • Cigna Health Partners POS
  • Cigna Health Partners PPO
  • Cigna Open Access Plus POS
  • Cigna Open Access Plus State of Illinois POS
  • CIGNA Open Access POS
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Coventry HMO
  • Coventry One Select PPO
  • Coventry PPO
  • Coventry Workers Comp PPO
  • First Health Network EPO
  • First Health Network PPO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna HMO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna Open Access Plus HMO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna PPO
  • Harken Health Choice Plus
  • Harken Health Compass Plus
  • Health Alliance HMO
  • Health Alliance PPO
  • Healthlink PPO
  • HealthSpring Medicaid ICP
  • HealthSpring Medicare HMO
  • HealthSpring MMAI
  • HFN Platinum EPO
  • HFN Total Care PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Humana Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Gold Choice PPO
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana Gold Plus Integrated-Medicare-Medicaid Plan
  • Humana HMO Select
  • Humana Illinois Platinum HMO
  • Humana Integrated Care Program of Illinois
  • Humana Medicaid Managed Care Plan
  • Humana National EPO
  • Humana National HMO
  • Humana National POS - Open Access
  • Humana National PPO
  • Humana POS
  • Humana PPO
  • LLH Adventist Silver PPO 3000
  • LLH Family Health Network Silver PPO 3100
  • LLH Swedish Covenant Silver PPO
  • Meridian
  • Meritain Health PPO
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • NALC (Natl Assn of Letter Carriers) Health Benefit
  • PHCS Savility PPO
  • Preferred Network Access PPO
  • Three Rivers Provider Network PPO
  • Tricare POS
  • Tricare PPO
  • UFCW Local 1546 Health and Welfare Fund (UMC)
  • UHC / AARP MedicareComplete (Secure Horizons) HMO
  • UHC / AARP MedicareComplete Focus HMO
  • Union Medical Care PPO
  • United Healthcare Charter
  • United Healthcare Choice HMO
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare Compass HMO
  • United Healthcare Group Medicare Advantage PPO
  • United Healthcare Medicare Solutions PPO
  • United Healthcare MedicareComplete Plan 1 HMO
  • United Healthcare Navigate HMO
  • United Healthcare Navigate POS
  • United Healthcare Nexus
  • United Healthcare Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select EPO
  • United Healthcare Select HMO
  • United Healthcare Select Plus POS


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