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Benjamin Kim-Wakamatsu, MD

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My specialty:
Emergency Medicine

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Male

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Where I practice

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About me

Thank you very much for visiting my Web page. As an emergency medicine physician, I rarely have the opportunity to establish long-term relationships with members. I hope this Web page gives people a chance to get to know me.

Biography

Except for eight years, I have lived all my life in Southern California. I pride myself in being a true local to the Southland, having lived in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. I love to travel, and it was during one of my trips to South America that I developed my desire to pursue medicine as a career.

About my practice

The emergency room can be a very daunting place because of the constant flow of ambulances, people who are in pain, and the sight of blood. But the emergency room is the most egalitarian place, where the door is always open and anyone can come in with any problem. This was the attraction of emergency medicine for me. The physicians and staff in the emergency department understand the situations under which people seek our help. Our goal is to provide anytime emergency care that is thorough, effective, and appropriate for our patients.

How I thrive

One of the keys to continued growth in my life is consistency. I have always been an avid student, and I continue to study not only medicine, but philosophy, literature, math, geography, and science. I've also been a big fan of the outdoors and continue to hike and camp every chance I get. All this gives me a firm foundation to thrive.

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My office

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My Provider type

Physicians and Surgeons

Medical groups and plans

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

List Header Plans Accepted
  • Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO)
  • HMO
  • Medi-Cal Managed Care
  • Point-of-Service Plan (POS)
  • Senior Advantage/Medicare Cost
Emergency Medicine Department
1011 Baldwin Park Blvd, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Contact information

  • Appointments
  • 1-833-574-2273 (1-833-KP4CARE) (toll free)
  • Appointments/information
  • 1-800-800-7990 (toll free)
  • Mandarin Chinese Appointment Line/Cancellations
  • 1-888-886-1398 (toll free)
  • Operator/information
  • 626-851-1011

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My training, certifications and licensing

Medical school

UC Irvine Medical Center
Orange , CA

Board certification

Emergency Medicine

American Board of Emergency Medicine

Medical training

Internship

Emergency Medicine

Loma Linda University Medical Center
Loma Linda , CA

Residency

Emergency Medicine

Loma Linda University Medical Center
Loma Linda , CA

Joined Permanente Medical Group

2005

Active license information

License number

A89026

License type

PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON

License issuing state

CALIFORNIA

National Provider Identifier (NPI)

1457409476
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My hospitals

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1011 Baldwin Park Blvd, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

I have admitting privileges at this hospital.

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This page was last updated on:

12/11/2018