Areas of Specialization
alzheimer's disease, dementia, elder abuse, geriatrics, mental capacity, probate
Daniel A. Plotkin, M.D., M.P.H.
Daniel A. Plotkin, MD, MPH, PhD is a geriatric psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience in providing clinical care, developing and leading clinical programs for older adults with mental health conditions (including dementia), and providing expert medical-legal services. He is Board certified in general psychiatry and in geriatric psychiatry, and he is a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) David Geffen School of Medicine, as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, where he continues to teach and supervise psychiatric residents and geriatric psychiatry fellows. Dr. Plotkin was the first Director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Service, and he served on the full-time faculty at UCLA before taking an executive leadership position with a non-profit mental health agency. Dr. Plotkin continues to publish peer-reviewed articles/chapters concerning the mental health of older individuals: he is lead author of “Assessing Undue Influence” in The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2016) and Section Editor of Mental Health Issues and Disorders in Elderly Patients, Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, 2nd Edition (2017). He is a member of The New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, and he has published and gives presentations on the benefits of psychotherapy for older adults. Dr. Plotkin has provided expert medical-legal services in hundreds of cases over the decades, mainly involving assessment of testamentary and other capacities (e.g., contractual) in older adults, elder abuse, vulnerability to undue influence, and need for conservatorship. He continues to provide clinical and expert services in his private practice in West Los Angeles.