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Our Mission:

The Monterey Bay Cardiac and Vascular Center is committed to providing d
etailed 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 senators, congressmen, and local 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 several 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 26 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 Cardiac and Vascular 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

Theodore Chow, MD, FACC:

Theodore Chow MD, FACC is a Board Certified
Cardiac Electrophysiologist, and Director of Electrophysiology at the Regional Medical Center in San Jose. Dr. Chow graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University, received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He then went on to do fellowship training in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Upon completion of training, Dr. Chow spent 10 years in Cincinnati Ohio as a partner at the Ohio Heart and Vascular Center, and was the Director for Electrophysiology Research. He authored over 50 research papers and abstracts on heart rhythm disorders, and received national research awards, including from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. He is a medical innovator, and has several registered patents in implantable cardiac device technology. About 10 years ago Dr. Chow was recruited to the Bay Area to build a new EP lab and clinical electrophysiology program at the Regional Medical Center in San Jose. He has served as the Medical Director of that program ever since. Dr. Chow maintains a private medical practice in San Jose and has had privileges at Stanford Medical Center and has worked very closely with Dr. Potkin over the past 15 years to provide cardiac arrhythmia expertise--including arrhythmia procedures--to patients in the Santa Cruz and Watsonville areas. More recently Dr. Chow formally joined the practice of the Monterey Bay Cardiac and Vascular Center founded by Dr. Potkin. Dr. Chow’s expertise is in treating heart arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. He performs arrhythmia procedures, including pacemaker and defibrillator implantation, and catheter ablation and pharmacological approaches for rhythm management. When not treating heart patients, Dr. Chow can be found playing tennis, riding his road bike, or spending time with his family. He has 2 daughters, 2 sons, a Samoyed puppy, and 5 chickens. In summary Dr. Theodore Chow is fantastic cardiac electrician and is a great assess to our community.
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