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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


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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

See publications for Vladimir Vekstein, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 7/5/2022, 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

314 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

I love the staff at Dr Vekstein's office always feels comfortable

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Dr. Vekstein is very pleasant and helpful concerning my health issues

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

Physician and staff continue to be courteous and friendly

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

Dr. Vexstein is the best!

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

Dr. Vekstein was very personable to my concerns. Answered all of my questions completely. Didn't t rush the appointment. I had a good feeling about my visit and confident my care was headed in the right direction.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

I was very impressed especially with the medical staff especially DR. Vekstein.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Every visit to Dr. Vekstein's office is a good one. Everyone is pleasant and efficient, and Dr. Vekstein cares very much about his patients.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

I put my health trust in my Cleveland clinic Doctor's

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

The ease of contacting the doctor's office is not their fault. They are extremely busy.Dr. Vekstein is a wonderful cardiologist.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

I met with Dr. Vekstein & his assistant without a long wait. Both were very understandable and answered my questions in English instead of medical terms.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

I recommend Dr. Vekstein.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Short wait to be seen. Dr Vekstein is friendly and take time to discuss and assist any issues.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Dr. Vekstein : He knows me for many years.I value his guidance and expertise .

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

It was a positive visit. Dr and assistant did it quickly and courtesy was great

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2022


Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Great doctor and staff

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Dr Vekstein is the best

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Always get my medications renewed. Dr. Vekstein answers all of my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

I feel very confident in Dr. Vekstein - he answered my questions and suggested I check with an EMT about my cough. He was also pleasant in his manner.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

I felt very comfortable that Dr. Vekstein was very knowledgeable and competent.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2022

Love Dr Vekstein! Very thorough and considerate!

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

I have recommended Dr Vekstein to friends that needed a cardiologist many times. They too love him.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2022

Dr. Vekstein is an incredible doctor and person.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

Staff and Dr VEKSTIEN very personable enjoy seeing them

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

Dr. VEKSTIEN is a class A doctor . Bed side manor is second to none

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

I was in the exam room on time, Dr. Vekstein answered my questions, etc. Everything was done on a very professional manner.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr. Vekstein is a wonderful,caring doctor, that I'm fortunate to have. He spends time explaining things thoroughly and gives you plenty of time to ask important questions that I may have.

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