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Michael G. Watkins, MD, FACC

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Michael G. Watkins, MD, FACC

Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease

Dr. Watkins is a native Texan, and has lived and worked in Austin at Seton facilities since 1991. He is trained as an interventional cardiologist, and practices general and preventive cardiology. He is instrumental in bringing the Ornish Program of Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation to Seton.

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Specialty

  • Cardiology

Seton Hospital Affiliation

  • Seton Edgar B. Davis
  • Seton Highland Lakes
  • Seton Medical Center Austin
  • Seton Medical Center Hays
  • Seton Medical Center Williamson
  • Seton Northwest Hospital
  • University Medical Center Brackenridge
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Provides Care Through

  • Seton Heart Institute

My Passion for Healthcare

I intended to be a journalist, but got a job at Brackenridge in the early 1970's to put myself through school at UT. I became an OR Tech, and found myself intrigued by surgery. I worked through undergraduate and medical school in the OR. I was initially drawn to surgery, and did my internship in surgery. I was more interested in the medical issues involved with my patients, and went into medicine with a subspecialty of cardiology. I was particularly drawn to cardiology since my father died of cardiovascular disease just after I finished undergraduate school. This is the right choice for me.

Services I Provide

  1. Consultation
  2. Second Opinion Consultation
  3. Stress Testing
  4. Cardiac Rehabilitation
  5. Echocardiography
  6. Preventive Cardiology

Degree & Residency

  • Medical School

    University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX

  • Internship

    North Houston Nephrology & Diagnostic Associates,, Houston, TX

  • Residency

    University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

    North Houston Nephrology & Diagnostic Associates,, Houston, TX

  • Board Certification

    American Board of Internal Medicine

    AB of Internal Medicine/Cardiovascular Disease

My Clinical Focus

I have always been drawn to the personal side of medicine. I like to get to know my patients and their families. I care for many couples and multiple generations. I have come to see that many of the heart problems we see are related to diet and lifestyle, and encourage patients to consider lifestyle changes as most important in the long term. I encourage patients to consider a whole food plant based diet, get adequate exercise, and to have active social and spiritual lives. Though I have spent a great deal of my practice life doing interventional procedures, I now focus on preventive issues.

Memberships

  1. American College of Cardiology
  2. American Society for Preventive Cardiology
  3. Texas Medical Association
  4. Travis County Medical Society

Insurances Accepted

    Seton Family of Doctors currently participates with various insurance plans. Insurance listings are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact your provider to verify participation prior to scheduling your visit.

  • Aetna - Commercial
  • Aetna QHP - Exchange Plan
  • Aetna-MA - Medicare Advantage
  • Amerigroup - STAR and CHIP
  • ARIA (Covenant Management Systems) ARC Benefit Plan - Contracted for the following specialties ONLY: Cardiology, Gastro, Inf. Disease, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pain Management, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • ASH (American Specialty Health Network) - PT and OT providers only
  • Averde Health - Commercial PPO
  • Beechstreet - Commercial PPO
  • Blue Cross - Medicare Advantage
  • Blue Cross-Blue Advantage - Exchange Plan
  • Blue Cross-Medicaid - STAR & CHIP
  • BlueCross - Commercial
  • Care Improvement Plus - Dual Special Needs
  • Care Improvement Plus - Medicare Advantage
  • Cigna - Commercial
  • Cigna LocalPlus - Exchange Plan
  • Coventry Workers Comp - Select providers
  • First Care - HMO/PPO
  • First Health/Coventry - Commercial
  • Galaxy Health Network PPO - Commercial
  • Health Payors Organization - Commerical PPO
  • HealthSmart Accel - Commercial PPO
  • HealthSmart Preferred Care - Commercial PPO
  • Hospice Austin - Hospice-In-Patient
  • Humana - Commercial
  • Humana HMOx - Exchange Plan
  • Humana-Medicare Advantage
  • Humana-Medicare Advantage WELLMED Network - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • IMO Med-Select Network - Workers Comp (SIRPS and SBSI only)
  • Integrated Medical Systems - Commercial PPO
  • Medicaid (Traditional)
  • Medicare
  • Multi-Plan Commercial - PPO
  • PHCS - Commercial
  • Sedwick/CMS Southwest Medical Provider Network - Workers Comp (SIRPS and SBSI only)
  • Sendero - STAR and CHIP
  • Sendero IdealCare - Exchange Plan
  • Seton Health Plan - Commercial
  • Seton Health Plan - MAP
  • Seton Health Plan - STAR and CHIP
  • Superior - STAR and CHIP
  • Superior Ambetter - Exchange Plan
  • TriCare - All Products
  • TriWest (new contract) - VA
  • United HealthCare - Commercial All Other
  • United HealthCare - Options PPO
  • United HealthCare Dual Complete Focus (HMO SNP) WELLMED Network - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • United HealthCare Star and CHIP - Americhoice or UHC Texas STAR, CHIP
  • United HealthCare- AARP Medicare Complete FOCUS- UHC Network - Specialists ONLY
  • United HealthCare-AARP Medicare Complete FOCUS-WellMED Network - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • United HealthCare-Dual Complete Focus (HMO SNP)-UHC Network - All Providers In-Network
  • United HealthCare-Evercare STAR PLUS - Medicaid
  • United Healthcare-Medicare Advantage--UHC Network - All Providers In-Network
  • United HealthCare-Medicare Advantage-WELLMED NETWORK - All Specialists In-Network; PCP's are NOT participating EXCEPT for: David Wright,MD and Adam Barta, MD
  • United Student Resources (UT Student Division) - PPO
  • USA Managed Care - PPO

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Why Choose Heart Care with Seton

Our cardiologists get to know each patient by heart, and that means you can benefit from better care. Not only do we treat immediate heart health concerns, but we also provide access to additional support and resources that you and your family need to return to vibrant health.

Our board-certified cardiologists can diagnose and treat heart conditions ranging from high blood pressure and arrhythmia to heart failure. The Seton Heart Institute is known for offering some of the most advanced, comprehensive heart care in the area.

The Seton Heart Specialty Care & Transplant Center is the only heart transplant center in Central Texas. In addition, Seton Medical Center Austin is the only hospital in Central Texas to have earned Joint Commission certification for its Destination Therapy Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program.

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