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  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

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Valerie Kwai Ben, MD

Cardiology

Welcome to My Doctor Online, a website that has been designed to make it easier for you to take care of your health care needs. We've included a variety of superior online programs and health information that will provide you with the highest quality materials. Your health and well being are important to me. Our partnership in your care will enable us to work towards making your life as healthy, comfortable and active as possible.

My Offices

San Jose Medical Center
Appt/Advice: 1-408-972-6380

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Professional

Background

My clinical specialty is general cardiology, with special interest in echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography and skilled in invasive cardiology. Currently, I am the Director of the Echocardiography Department at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center. I am also President of the Bay Area Society of Echocardiography and Assistant Medical Director of the Kaiser School of Allied Sciences. I am board-certified in Cardiology and currently hold fellowships in the American College of Cardiology (FACC), the American College of Physicians (FACP) as well as the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) and I hold memberships in the American Heart Association and Santa Clara Medical Association.

Delivery of care should be what is medically necessary and patients should be allowed to actively participate in the decision-making of their medical illness evaluation and treatment strategies. I believe delivery of patient care should equate to what and how you would treat your own family member or how you would want to be treated by the medical system based on evidence based medicine.

The key to understanding your medical issues is education. On my home page, you will find trusted information about your condition and treatment options, as well as a link to the Drug Encyclopedia, providing information about your medications.

Your health and well-being are important to me. Our partnership in your care will enable us to work towards making your life as healthy, comfortable and active as possible.

Roles and Responsibilities

I have been working for The Permanente Medical Group since 1991. In addition to my clinical office practice, I am also involved in performing a variety of procedures, including transesophageal echocardiograms, stress echoes, cardioversions and cardiac catheterization procedures. I am also the Co-Chair of the Physician Health and Wellness Group. I believe in healthy living which includes healthy nutrition, exercise, yoga and meditation.

Credentials

Medical EducationMedical College of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, WI
InternshipKaiser Permanente Medical Center,
Santa Clara, CA
ResidencyKaiser Permanente Medical Center,
Santa Clara, CA
FellowshipCalifornia Pacific Medical Center,
San Francisco, CA
Board CertificationCardiovascular Disease,
American Board of Internal Medicine
Hospital Admitting PrivilegesSan Jose Medical Center
License
License Type
Status
State of Issue
G72425
Doctor of Medicine
05/31/2019 00:00:00
California

Other Information

Accepting New Patients StatusAccepting new patients, referral may be required
GenderFemale
Languages SpokenEnglish, Spanish
Interpreters are available upon request. Learn more at the Interpreter Services Information page
National Provider Identifier1437235942
Plan AffiliationProviders listed on the Kaiser Permanente Provider Directory are available to most members.
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Professional Affiliations

    ·Fellow, American College of Cardiology ·Fellow, American College of Physicians ·Fellow, American Society of Echocardiography ·Member, Santa Clara County Association ·Member, American Heart Association ·Founding Physician and Member, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

My Staff

My cardiology staff including my Medical Assistant (MA), Nurses, Echo, EKG Techs and receptionists all form an integral part of our team whose goal is to take care of all of your cardiology needs.

My Colleagues

My colleagues and I all work together to take care of you. Should I be out of the office, you may hear from any one of my colleagues who may respond to your questions.

Glossary

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