Dr. Mitchell Watanabe, MD

Dr. Mitchell Watanabe, MD

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Family Medicine

Dr. Mitchell Watanabe, MD is a Family Medicine Specialist in Santa Ana, CA and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University Autonoma De Guadalajara-School Of Medicine in 1984. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Saddleback Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. His office accepts new patients.

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Irvine Barranca

MemorialCare Medical Group - Santa Ana1212 West 17th Street Santa Ana, CA 92706
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5.0

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Kind and caring
Always responsive.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Susan Klaren – Sep 22, 2022
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Very knowledgeable and caring
Dr. Watanabe is very thorough, knowledgeable and caring. He listens to my needs. Explains in detail my diagnosis and will refer me to a specialist if needed. He saved my life when I became very ill and made sure I got the proper specialist in treating my illness. His years of experience shows how knowledgeable he is. I would definitely recommend him to my family or anyone looking for a doctor that will listen to you and treat you with respect.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jacquelyn L. – Jun 18, 2022
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He is a very nice Doctor. He is very informative and helpful
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 28, 2021
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Can I drive an hour to get to Dr. Watanabe after moving away from his office. I’ll continue to do that. That should be endorsement enough. Thank you Dr. Watanabe.
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Matthew Crum – Nov 27, 2021
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He is a thorough and caring Dr with me anytime I go into the office for an appointment!
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Handball player – Oct 15, 2021
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Great doctor who cares about his patients
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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CF – Sep 10, 2021
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Dr. Watanabe is always efficient, courteous, and professional. He is sincere and compassionate with each interaction. The front staff are also friendly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Aug 07, 2021
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Dr. Watanabe is the best doctor that I have seen. He is caring knowledgeable efficient and the wonderful human being. His staff was fantastic, especially Gwen. Check in with seamless and wonderful with Gloria
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dr Jay – Jun 29, 2021
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Dr. Watanabe has been my Dr. for the past 28 years. He is very thorough, LISTENS to whatever you have an issue with. My son also states he is the best Dr. in town. I have referred many of my friends and they all say the same about him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Irma – Jun 08, 2021
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Dr. Watanabe always listens to my issues and makes me feel better. He's wonderful & funny.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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May 15, 2021
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Dr. Watanabe has always been very professional and courteous and I would highly recommend his services to all family and friends.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Tuan Pham – Apr 24, 2021
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Visits are always good. Dr. Watanabe always offers helpful advise and consultation. Nurses and assistants always courteous and respectful.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Apr 03, 2021
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Compared to all the docs I’ve seen, Dr. Watanabe is the best! Not only is he knowledgeable and a great diagnostician, he LISTENS. I’ve never felt rushed during our appointments. He also responds timely to my questions on MyChart.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Cheryl – Jan 29, 2021
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Always there to ask a question.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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Lena Toma – Jan 26, 2021
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My whole experience at the office was fast and efficient while still feeling safe and welcomed.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Hugo Vazquez – Jan 16, 2021
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I have been seeing him for 30 years. He is the best, most through doctor. He helped deliver my son. He spends time with you to hear what is going on. He followed up with me directly when my husband was in the hospital.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 11, 2020
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Dr. Watanabe is a very professional and friendly physician
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Oct 04, 2020
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Excellent. Very much content.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Sep 08, 2020
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Dr Watanabe has been my Doctor for over 20 years and I consider him to be the best doctor I have had: he is on top of the latest treatments for the benefit of his patients. Always with the right answer diagnostic and directions; his personality also helps to stablish a very good doctor-patient rapport.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Eduardo villela – Aug 04, 2020
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Dr. Watanabe is very reassuring and empathetic, which goes a long way.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jul 25, 2020
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No malpractice claims found for California
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Dr. Watanabe's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • ACTH (Cosyntropin) Stimulation Test
  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Alcohol Misuse Screening and Counseling
  • Alcohol or Substance Misuse Screening and Counseling
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anemia
  • Anemia and Iron Deficiency Screening
  • Animal Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arrhythmia Screening
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Asymptomatic Post-Menopausal Status
  • Back Pain
  • Bacteriuria Screening
  • Blood Allergy Testing
  • Bone Density Scan
  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Chest Pain
  • Chest Pain Evaluation
  • Chlamydia Infection Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cough
  • Dementia Evaluation
  • Dementia or Depression Screening
  • Detoxification Evaluation
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Evaluation
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dipstick Urinalysis
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Dizziness
  • Drug Allergy Testing
  • Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Scan
  • Dyslexia Assessment
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Dysphagia
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Emphysema
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Enteritis
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
  • Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
  • Fetal Cardiac Screening
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Genetic Screening for Breast Cancer
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Gonorrhea Screening
  • Headache
  • Health Screening
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • HeartAware Online Risk Screening
  • Hepatitis A Screening
  • Hepatitis B Virus Screening
  • Hepatitis C Virus Screening
  • Hepatitis Screening
  • Herpes Simplex Screening
  • HIV Screening
  • Home Sleep Study
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immunization Administration
  • Impairment Rating Evaluation
  • Independent Educational Evaluation
  • Insomnia
  • Joint Fluid Test
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lyme Disease Evaluation
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Mammography
  • Mastodynia
  • McMurray's Test
  • Melanoma Screening
  • Memory Evaluation
  • Menopause Evaluation and Treatment
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Migraine
  • Mole Evaluation
  • Obesity
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis Screening
  • Ovarian Cancer Screening
  • Overweight
  • Patch Testing
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Polyuria
  • Pre-Operative Evaluation
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Prostate Cancer Screening Exam (DRE)
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Evaluation - Child and Adolescent
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Psychological Evaluations Prior to Bariatric Surgery
  • Rapid Flu Test
  • Ringworm
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Screenings
  • Skin Testing and Screening
  • Spinal and Postural Screening
  • STD Screening
  • Strep Test
  • Syphilis Screening
  • Tension Headache
  • Thyroid Screening
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Trichomoniasis Screening
  • Tuberculosis Screening
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urine Pregnancy Test
  • Vaccination
  • Vaginosis Screening
  • VAP Lipid Testing
  • Vertigo
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Wellness Examination
  • Wheelchair Evaluation
  • Worker's Compensation Evaluations

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Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
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PERS Select-CA HMO
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Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Our goal is to provide medical services that enhance the health of the people and communities we serve We are committed to providing the care you need...Read more

Biography

Mitchell Watanabe is a MemorialCare Medical Group physician who specializes in family medicine. He currently works at the Santa Ana location. MemorialCare...Read more

Specialties

  • Family Medicine

Education

1987
University of California Irvine Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1984
University Autonoma De Guadalajara-School Of Medicine
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions

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Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (949) 652-1952, and for other questions, call (877) 696-3622.

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What are Dr. Mitchell Watanabe, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Watanabe frequently treats Strep Test, VAP Lipid Testing, and Vaccination. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Watanabe treats.

Where is Dr. Mitchell Watanabe, MD's office located?

Dr. Watanabe's office is located at 1212 West 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Mitchell Watanabe, MD speak?

Dr. Watanabe speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Mitchell Watanabe, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Watanabe has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Watanabe is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Saddleback Medical Center

Laguna Hills, CA

79% Patients that would definitely recommend, 9% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

Long Beach, CA

77% Patients that would definitely recommend, 7% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received

Miller Children's & Women's Hospital - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

Orange Coast Medical Center

Fountain Valley, CA

75% Patients that would definitely recommend, 5% higher than the national average

1 Award Received