Dr. Benjamin Herbert Plotz, MD

Dr. Benjamin Herbert Plotz, MD

Dr. Benjamin Herbert Plotz, MD

Languages: English
Phone: 202-877-0540
Fax: 202-877-0341

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Specialties
  • Rheumatology
Conditions I Treat
  • acute arthritis
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • anti neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies
  • antiphospholipid syndrome
  • aortic arteritis
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Procedures I Perform
  • antinuclear antibody (ana) blood test
  • biologic therapy for rheumatologic diseases
  • joint injection
  • non surgical management of osteoarthritis
About the Provider

Benjamin Plotz, MD, is an attending rheumatologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is a core clinical instructor of rheumatology. He sees patients for all rheumatologic conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, and more.

His main clinical and research interest is osteoarthritis. He also has a passion for teaching and is dedicated to partnering with patients to educate them on their condition as well as educating rheumatologist fellows, residents, and medical students. Additional research interests include identifying how COVID-19 affects patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles about osteoarthritis and the effect of COVID-19 in patients with rheumatic disease.

Dr. Plotz received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and completed his residency training in internal medicine at George Washington University. He then did his fellowship training at NYU Langone Health before joining MedStar Washington. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology.

Philosophy of Care

“Medicine is always about the person in front of me -- the patient -- and how to improve their quality of life. I hail from a long line of doctors who believe in patient-centered care, and my philosophy of care is deeply rooted in this tradition.

“I help patients who have been diagnosed with rare diseases that can affect many parts of the body. Each rheumatologic disease has different symptoms and even presents differently in each patient. I act as a detective, putting clues together, in order to make a diagnosis and therefore find the right treatment for each patient. I then partner with my patients to help them understand why we’re doing what we’re doing; for example, why we’re doing specific diagnostic testing and recommending certain treatments

“I feel honored when my patients say that I really listened to them and that they felt heard.”

Education
  • Fellowship Program: New York University Langone Medical Center (2021)
  • Residency Program: George Washington University Hospital (2019)
  • Medical School: SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (2016)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
Insurance
    MedStar Health Providers participate with a wide range of health insurance products. We accept self-pay patients and the insurances plans listed below. This list is not comprehensive, it is updated periodically and is subject to change. If you do not see your health insurance plan or product listed, or if you have any questions regarding MedStar Health’s participation with your health plan, please contact your health plan to verify participation with our providers.

    Since the MedStar Health providers span the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia regions, our participation with DC, Maryland and Virginia Medical Assistance programs varies by provider group. Please contact your MedStar Physician’s Office to assist with verifying Medical Assistance participation. If you are enrolled in a Medicaid Managed Care Organization, please contact your Medicaid health plan to verify participation.
Practice Locations
  • 110 Irving Street Northwest
    Room 1A-50B
    Washington, DC 20010
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    Phone: 202-877-0333
    Fax: 202-877-0341

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