Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Hillcrest Medical Building 2
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Hillcrest Medical Building 2
Primary Location

Hillcrest Medical Building 2


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Adult General Clinical Cardiology
  • Angioplasty
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary Intervention
  • General Cardiology
  • Regional Heart and Vascular
  • Stents
  • Stress Testing
View all 11 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Angina
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Related Illnesses
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myocardial Ischemia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Restenosis
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Stent Restenosis
View all 29 Specialties +


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About Vladimir Vekstein, MD

Vladimir Vekstein, MD, is a staff physician in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute.  He practices at Hillcrest Medical Building and Hillcrest Hospital, where he is Director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Vekstein was appointed to the Hillcrest medical staff in 2000. Prior to that, he was director of the Coronary Care Unit at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Director of the Coronary Care Unit at The Mt. Sinai Medical Center from 1990 to 1997. He also was an assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine for 10 years, 1990 to 2000.

Dr. Vekstein earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass. During his cardiology fellowship he simultaneously completed a subspecialty fellowship in percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.

After completing his postdoctoral training, Dr. Vekstein was an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He held this position until relocating to Cleveland in 1990.

Dr. Vekstein is the author of a number of papers, abstracts and reviews in leading cardiac journals, including Circulation, the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He has been a co-investigator on six studies related to heart attack and unstable angina and a co-principal investigator on a study of medications to treat acute heart attack.

In 2008, 2009 and 2010 Dr. Vekstein was named to the Best Physicians in Northeast Ohio list.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Medical Education - New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY USA

Undergraduate - Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, coronary stents, congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease, hypertension and hyperlipidemia

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/15/2020, Dr. Vekstein has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

384 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.3
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

48 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

He is a wonderful doctor and so is the staff in theze very trying times

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

I trust Dr. Vekstein! I value his expertise.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Dr. Vekstein is GREAT!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Dr. Vekstein is a calm, concerned and knowledgeable doctor! I feel totally comfortable being in his care.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

My doctor makes you feel at ease and is a very caring individual.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Dr. Vekstein "has done well by me."

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

for some reason they had me on the schedule for a phone visit-I had an in-person appointment. They did accommodate the visit after 45 min. and I was able to see Dr Vekstein.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Dr Vekstein was very professional, kind, and calming to me.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Double " D " a very good doctor.Have faith & confidence in him.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

I do recommend Dr. V. Veckstein,because he's a very good doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Dr Vekstein has always been a kind, polite, respectful person. I appreciate being treated with dignity as he listens to my responses, and answers my questions. Visiting this office is a positive, non-scary experience.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

I always have a positive experience when I visit Dr. Vekstein.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Dr. Vekstein is the best.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr. took the time to listen to me, and what I had to say. He responded on my level, talking to me, and not at me, witch I appreciated.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Dr. was informative and I had all my questions answered.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

i appreciate your professional handling of your patients. Hillcrest is an exemplary medical facility. Dr. Mark Botham is the greatest. Dr. V is on his game. Dr. Fred Harris is quite thorough.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

I had a good sesion with the doctor and the nerses, and the billing person!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

Everyone involved with setting up my doctor appointment were great.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

I am very happy to have Dr. Veckstein as my cardiologist.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

I'm very happy with the staff and doctors at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

very easy, great doctor to talk with

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Dr.Vekstein has been my Dr. since 1999. I think he is a great Dr. & I respect him in his profession.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

I needed to see Dr. Vekstein before my next appt. & I used My Chart to email him, & within the hour I received a call to come in earlier.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr. Vekstein made me feel important and he made it very easy to get to him. I was extremely pleased with his care and professionalism. Couldn't have asked for a better Doctor or time spent with my Doctor.

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Have always been pretty satisfied in Dr Veckstein's care and concern with my husband. He was absolutely on top of getting Bill in for immediate heart surgery before he encountered a heart attack! Got us the very best surgeon ! So thankful for that!

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

The connection to Dr. Vekstein went smoothly.We had a meaningful conversation about how I am feeling. Meds were called into the pharmacy whereI pick-up. I feel lucky to be under Dr. Veksteins care.

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Dr. Vekstein is skilled, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to. He always lets me know that if I have any questions or concerns to please call him.

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

I know that if an in-office appointment is needed it is available. Dr. Vekstein is not only a"specialist ", he is special.

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Dr. Veckstein continues to be unhurried and personable in his time with me....asks routine questions, listens to responses, adapts to current situation concerning stressors, social distancing, etc

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

No contact with other staff besides physician...this was a 6 month check-in appointment after 10+ years post-procedure so pretty some ways simpler since check-in took place several days ahead on line so there was no waiting in the office, no drive time etc

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Dr V has been excellent in my care and am honored to be his patient!

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

the visit was pin pointed to exactly what needed discussed. was completely satisfied with my doctor. All of the people working with my doctor are fantastic! Nurse Toni is awesome!!

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

our visit was short and sweet and to the point. good to see Dr V

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

My MD interaction was very good as always

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2020

I would always recommend Dr. Vekstein to anyone in need of an excellent cardiologist

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2020

Dr Vekstein is a positive credit to the CC

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

This was my first appointment with Dr. Vekstein and I look forward to meeting him in person. He was very professional and pleasant throughout our conversation and eased my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Dr. V is a great person and a highly competent provider. I am fortunate to be able to receive care from someone like him.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Care provider was very professional, knew what he was looking for. I'm a long time patient of Dr Veckstein and respect him highly. I would like to spend more time with him in my appointment

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Everyone was pleasant and I did not have to wait long to see the doctor

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Always have positive comments regarding Dr Vekstein's office. It's never disappointing.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Dr Vekstein is always sure I understand his recommendations and directions.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Dr Veckstein is very professional and provided me excellent healthcare.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

again I want to Express my thanx to all involved with my heart cath,not to forget those in the OR, a dedicated staff,they were wonderful as well as dr eckstein c clinic should be very proud of this entire staff my heartfelt Thank You to everyone.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

Dr. Vekstein has been an outstanding caregiver

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Dr Vekstein listens very well.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

very good doctor

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

great experience with Dr.Vekstein

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