Dr. Potts is a native Visalian, born at the original Kaweah Delta District Hospital location, and an alumnus of Mt. Whitney High School. He moved with his family back to the area in 2008, and he brought with him a number of medical breakthroughs in the approach to surgery, including the advanced and general laparoscopic procedures, and partial breast irradiation.

After receiving an undergrad degree in biochemistry and cellular biology at the University of California, San Diego, Dr.Potts was accepted to the prestigious Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He completed his medical education, and then served seven years in the US Navy. As a surgeon, he worked at Naval Hospitals in Oakland, CA; Adak, Alaska; and Camp Lejeune Marine Base in North Carolina. He even served a six-month stint in Haiti. Most recently, the couple lived in San Diego, where Dr. Potts preformed advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgery. Dr. Potts is relentless when it comes to getting the best care for his patients: "Visalia is a big enough city now that women shouldn’t have to go to Los Angeles or San Francisco for top care." In terms of breast care for women, there are a number of breakthroughs that Dr. Potts is utilizing, some right out of his clinic:

  • Ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy of the breast in his surgery clinic.
  • Breast conservation surgery when possible.
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy, which minimizes the amount of axillary tissue removed (reduces complications).
  • Placement of Partial Breast Irradiation catheters in his office. (Radiation is performed at the Sequoia Regional Cancer Center.)

More than just advanced medical procedures, Dr. Potts wants to help contribute to another breakthrough: communication. "In many cases, women are thrown from one specialist to oncologist, pathologist, radiologist, surgeon, etc—get together every few months and analyze specific breast cases and the available treatments." Dr. Potts believes this could be a powerful educational resource for specialists and a huge benefit to patients.

 

Dr. Potts’ office manager is his wife, Suzie. They’ve been married sine 1981. Suzie was an audiologist for many years in San Diego. They have 4 kids. Their eldest son, Craig, is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He and his wife, Katie, live near his current duty station where he is attached to the submarine, USS Alaska. Their second son, Sean, is a graduate from San Diego State, and is putting his marketing and business education to use for major industrial concern in San Diego. Their youngest son, Connor, has recently graduated from Central Valley Christian High School and will be attending college locally. Their daughter, Madeline, currently attends CVC, as well. Needless to say, they are quite proud of all of them!

Visalia…Bethesda, MD…Oakland…Adak, Alaska…Camp Lejeune, NC… Haiti…and San Diego…Dr. Kyle Potts has garnered expertise from around the world, and he’s now back in Visalia, armed with a number of breakthroughs and a passion for providing the best care in the nation.

Check out the article about Dr. Potts in Kaweah Delta District Hospital’s Magazine Vital Signs:

 
Vital Signs July 2008
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Check out Dr. Potts' Curriculum Vitae.