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Our Mission:

The Monterey Bay Cardiac and Vascular Center is committed to providing detailed education and treatment options for simple and complex heart and vascular problems. To achieve these goals we have well trained and educated personnel, state of the art diagnostic imaging tests and medical treatments, minimally invasive endovascular procedures and surgery to facilitate reaching and surpassing our goals. Our major focus is to prevent and treat heart and vascular disorders with the carefully selected professional interventions for each individual, to improve the quality of our patients' lives.


Benjamin Potkin, MD, FACC, FSCAI:

Dr Potkin’s cardiovascular training  included 4 years at Rush University, Chicago,  Illinois; 2 years  at the University of California at Irvine, California; 2 years at the National Institutes of  Health, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland; 2 years at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and a final year at Washington Hospital Center Heart Center, Washington  DC’s premier cardiovascular center where the senators and dignitaries often received their cardiovascular medical care.  During these 11 post-graduate training years he published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts in prestigious journals and helped write 4 books and lectured in this country and in Europe.  After completing general and sub-specialty training Dr. Potkin move from Washington D.C. to the Monterey Bay area in 1991.  This was a major decision for him to leave the academic world and enter the private practice world.   This decision was initially difficult to leave Washington, D.C. for the west coast, however, besides having a great love and dedication to medicine, he wanted to raise a family in a safe and beautiful area that would still allow him practice cardiovascular medicine and participate in academic medicine in beautiful Monterey Bay area. Dr. Potkin has been in our community for 22 years now and began practicing clinical and Interventional Cardiology at our local hospitals and affiliated with Stanford Medical Center and El Camino Hospitals since 1991 as a teacher and attending physician.  He is an expert in cardiovascular medicine including the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, cholesterol metabolism, systemic hypertension, congestive heart failure, adult congenital heart disease, chest discomfort, valvular heart disease, and TIA- stroke. He also has special expertise in rhythm abnormalities including palpitations, pacemaker, defibrillator, biventricular pacemaker management and implantation.  Dr. Potkin regularly educates the community and physicians through lecture series and tutorials. He is board certified in cardiovascular medicine, a fellow in the American College of Cardiology, and is also a Fellow in the Society of Cardiology and Angiography and Interventions as well as a member of the Heart Rhythm Society and American Heart Association. He is the founder of the Monterey Bay Cardiovascular Center and 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 adages are that the most important lesson he learned in Medical school is that life is fragile and precious and not be taken for granted.  That the rare complication or adverse outcome,  is not rare to the person who experiences it, for that PERSON IT IS 100%. These basic concepts keep him focused on providing the best medical care for his patients.

Dr. Potkin's Curriculum Vitae

Ajanta De, MD, FACC, FSCAI:

Ajanta De, MD FACC grew up in Irvine, California. She completed a six year medical program at Northeast Ohio Medical University, then completed residency, chief residency and fellowships at The University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago and The University of Chicago Hospitals. After six years of practice, she moved back to California to gain additional training in Endovascular Interventions and completed the Advanced Endovascular Fellowship at The Fogarty Institute for Innovation at El Camino Hospital. She specializes in coronary and peripheral arterial disease, percutaneous treatments of valvular disease and aneurysms as well as general cardiology and prevention. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine and Endovascular Medicine. On her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband, hiking with her black lab and golden retrievers and as well as the culinary arts.
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