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Leslie P Plotnick, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics


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Johns Hopkins Pediatric Specialty Clinic

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  • Professor of Pediatrics


  • Pediatrics - Endocrinology


Johns Hopkins Pediatric Specialty Clinic

Appointment Phone: 410-614-2359

200 N. Wolfe Street
Rubenstein Child Health
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-6463
Fax: 410-955-9773


Pediatric Endocrinology

Research Interests

Type 1 diabetes. Growth disorders.


After training, Dr. Plotnick joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Hopkins in the division of Pediatric Endocrinology. She became a full professor in 2000. She has served as clinical director of the division for many years, and as interim division director twice.

Her major clinical interests are in type 1 diabetes and growth. She has authored and co-authored many papers and chapters on these and other pediatric endocrine topics. She was chosen to be one of a few pediatric diabetes specialists to write pediatric standards of care for the American Diabetes Association. She has participated in numerous clinical trials over the last 3 decades primarily in the areas of growth and growth hormone. Deeply devoted to patients and families, she and her colleagues and nurses have organized, and manage and operate a highly sought-after and ever-expanding clinical program.

Dr. Plotnick has served on many department, university and hospital committees throughout her Hopkins career, and has chaired several. Since 2000, she has organized and managed a successful CME course with the goal of teaching pediatric endocrinology to primary care providers. more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • University of Maryland School of Medicine / MD (1970)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (1972)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatric Endocrinology (1974)


    • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Endocrinology (1978, 2009)
    • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (1975)
  • Research & Publications +

    Clinical Trial Keywords: Type 1 diabetes. Growth Disorders.

    Selected Publications

    from 2000 forward:
    Lee MS, Wajnrajch MP, Kim SS, Plotnick LP, Wang J, Gertner JM, Leibel RL, Dannies PS. Autosomal dominant growth hormone (GH) deficiency type II:the Del32-7 GH deletion mutant suppresses secretion of wild-type GH. Endocrinology. 2000 Mar; 141(3):883-90.

    Salvatori R, Fan X, Phillips III JA, Espigares-Martin R, Martin de Lara I, Freeman KL, Plotnick L, Al-Ashwal A and Levine MA. Three new mutations in the gene for the growth hormone (GH)-releasing hormone receptor in familial isolated GH deficiency type Ib. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2001 Jan;86(1)273-9.

    Plotnick LP. Insulin Pumps in Pediatrics. The Endocrinologist, 2001.

    Wisniewski AB, Migeon CJ, Gearhart JP, Rock JA, Berkovitz GD, Plotnick LP, Meyer-Bahlburg HF, Money J. Congenital micropenis: long-term medical, surgical and psychosocial follow-up of individuals raised male or female. Horm. Res. 2001;56(1-2):3-11.

    Plotnick LP, Clark LM, Brancati FL, Erlinger T. Safety and effectiveness of insulin pump therapy in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.
    Diabetes Care. 2003 Apr;26(4):1142-6.

    Plotnick LP. The next step in blood glucose monitoring?
    Pediatrics. 2003 Apr;111(4 Pt 1):885.

    Silverstein J, Klingensmith G, Copeland K, Plotnick L, Kaufman F, Laffel L, Deeb L, Grey M, Anderson B, Holzmeister LA, Clark N; American Diabetes Association. Care of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes: a statement of the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care. 2005 Jan;28(1):186-212.

    Iannotti RJ, Schneider S, Nansel TR, Haynie DL, Plotnick LP, Clark LM, Sobel DO, Simons-Morton B. Self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and diabetes self-management in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Dev Behav Pediatr. 2006 Apr;27(2):98-105.

    Iannotti RJ, Nansel TR, Schneider S, Haynie DL, Simons-Morton B, Sobel DO, Zeitzoff L, Plotnick LP, Clark L. Assessing regimen adherence of adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2006 Oct;29(10):2263-7.

    Schneider S, Iannotti RJ, Nansel TR, Haynie DL, Simons-Morton B, Sobel DO, Zeitzoff L, Clark L, Plotnick LP. Identification of distinct self-management styles of adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2007 May;30(5):1107-12.

    Nansel TR, Iannotti RJ, Simons-Morton BG, Cox C, Plotnick LP, Clark LM, Zeitzoff L. Diabetes personal trainer outcomes: short-term and 1-year outcomes of a diabetes personal trainer intervention among youth with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2007 Oct;30(10):2471-7.

    Cooke DW, Plotnick L. Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Children and Adolescents. Pediatr. Rev. 2008 Dec; 29(12):431-436.

    Cooke DW, Plotnick L. Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in Pediatrics. Pediatr. Rev. 2008 Nov;29(11):374-385.

    Rapaport R, Saenger P, Wajnrach MP; Pfizer SGA collaborative Study Group (includes Plotnick, L). Predictors of first-year growth response to a fixed-dose growth hormone treatment in children born small for gestational age: results of an open-label, multicenter trial in the United States. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2008 May;21(5): 411-422.

    Plotnick L, Rapaport R, Desrosiers P, Fuqua JS, Update from the GHMonitorSM Observational Registry in Children Treated with Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (Saizen), Pediatr Endocrinol Rev. 2009 Jan;6 Suppl 2:278-82.
    Nansel TR, Iannotti RJ, Simons-Morton, BG, Plotnick LP, Clark, LM, Zeitzoff, L.

    Long-Term Maintenance of Treatment Outcomes: Diabetes Personal Trainer Intervention for Youth with Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Care, 2009 May;32(5):807-9.

    Mohamadi A, Lipkin P, ... Clark L, Plotnick L, Extending the age of KCNJ11 mutations. a)in press, 2009. Pediatric Diabetes. b) Poster presentation at PAS meeting 5/3/09.


    Plotnick LP, Cooke DW. Diabetes in Children. Conn''s Current Therapy, 2001.

    Plotnick LP. Precocious Puberty In Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Carpenter and Rock Eds. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 161-164, 2000.

    Libber SM and Plotnick LP. Polyuria. In Primary Pediatric Care, ed. 4. Hoekelman, ed. Mosby, 1214-1217, 2001.

    Plotnick LP and Kritzler RK. Puberty: Normal and Abnormal. In Primary Pediatric Care, Hoekelman, ed. 4 Mosby, 1223-1226, 2001.

    Miller RS, Libber SL, Plotnick LP. Polyuria. in AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, McInerny, Adam, Campbell, Kamat and Kelleher, 2009; 1670-1675.

    Long, DN, Kritzler RK, Plotnick LP. Puberty: Normal and Abnormal. in AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, McInerny, ADam, Campbell, Kamat and Kelleher, 2009; 1683-1688.

    Cooke DW, Plotnick L. Type 1 Diabetes in Kappy, Geffner, and Allen, Pediatric Endocrinology, in press, 2009.
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    • AACE
    • ADA
    • Endocrine Society
    • LWPES
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