Dr. Benjamin Potkin, MD is a cardiology specialist in Watsonville, CA and has been practicing for 28 years. He specializes in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and more.


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(831) 264-8717

Dr. Potkin accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
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Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Potkin's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Potkin treats Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Potkin treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Heart Murmur
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Potkin treats Heart Murmur more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Potkin treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Potkin performs Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Potkin performs this procedure more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Potkin's conditions and procedures:

  • Abnormal Heart Beat
  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Angioplasty
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Cardioversion
  • Cardioversion, Elective
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Echocardiography
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Impella Device
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Stress Echocardiogram
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Tilt Testing or Cardiac Event Monitors
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography

About Me

Care Philosophy

Dr Potkins is committed to providing his patients exceptional care with special attention to quality of life and alleviation of fear and suffering.He wants his patients and their families to enjoy their precious lives. Several of his simple but true ...

Specialties

  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Education

1991
Cedars Sinai Med Center
Fellowship Hospital
1988
National Institute Health
Residency Hospital
1986
University Calif Irvine
Residency Hospital
1984
Rush Medical College Of Rush University
Medical School
1991
1988
1986
1984

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

Dr. Potkin's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Potkin

3.3

Based on 41 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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(3)
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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(5)
1 Star
31.70731707317073%
(13)

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Dr. Potkins is completely unprofessional and irrational. He mis diagnosed my mother with a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CANCER. He was unkind with his approach and made her upset when she explained he was wrong. He did not provide the level of care that you would expect from a Cardiologist much less a “Professional “. One word To the wise would be RUN.
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Wonderful doctor! I feel confident in this doctor's care.
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Dr Potkin was the doctor on call at my nephew's cardiology office. I reached him on a long holiday weekend because my nephew had an infection after having a heart valve replacement recently. We were told to immediately contact his cardiologist if this happened, because of the risk of endocarditis. Dr Potkin was rude, dismissive, and refused to call in a prescription for antibiotics. I would warn anyone to avoid this doctor. I ended up contacting the surgeon at Stanford for help.
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By far my best experience with a doctor. Fast, efficient, and well versed.
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Would not recommend!!! Poor communication. Too long of a wait for the scheduling of life threatening procedures. Office wait times over an hour beyond scheduled appointment time.
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Was like being with an old long time friend.Made me feel at ease before going in to have my HEART shocked back in to rhythm 2009,In my book he is God sent.My God bless him an his family. Sin. Robert D Hennager.
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