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 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 4/30/2019, 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

347 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

In one word, my results were "fantastic". In two words, my experience was "beyond pleasant". In three words, Dr. Vekstein's office procedures "should be replicated".

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

goof experience. very much like dr.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Dr. Vekstein is amazing and good provider.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019

Dr Vekstein is wonderful. He explains everything in detail that I can understand.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

Dr. Vekstein is one of the best Doctors I have. Gives good advice for my health care. I would not trade him for the world.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

As stated on previous surveys, I feel Dr. Vekstein is an excellent Physcian and I have recommended him to other people.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr Vekstein never rushes you. He is always concerned and compassionate with all aspects of your health

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

I always recommend Dr Vekstein and his staff...phenomenal people who give unselfishly phenomenal care

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr Veksteins entire staff truly cares and show it with compassion and joy. You do not dred going to see them

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

outstanding physician

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

I had questions & Dr Vekstein answered them. I trust him with my life.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

continue to feel confident in this provider

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Dr. Vexstein is awesome! caring, thoughtful and not only hears but listen to me when I visit his office.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

The Doc was in a good mood...

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

I have a very good relationship with Dr. V. I feel confident in his care for me.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Vekstein for 14 years and have always been very pleased with the care he has provided. He is very knowledgeable, kind, caring, and approachable. I have no trouble highly recommending him.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

Dr Vekstein has been my expert cardiologist for many years, and always speak highly of him

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

Dr. Vekstein is always friendly, respectful, and attentive to my needs and concerns and questions.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

I feel very fortunate to have Dr Vekstein he is awesome. I never feel rushed. I recommend him highly

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

Dr V is kind, supportive and caring

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

Excellent care and concern by doctor and staff

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

Dr. Vekstein has been my cardiologist for many years, and has my full gratitude and confidence for his knowledge and ability. I have recommended him to my spouse and several friends who are now his patients.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018

i had to wait over 30 minutes to see my doctor! they told me that was because there were too many doctors in the office at that time and not enough rooms for patients! iwas very frustrated and when they finally saw me my blood pressure was very high!!! This was not the first time that happened.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018

In sixteen years with this same provider I have always had the upmost courtesy and excellent care. It has been and will continue to be my provider even though I drive one hour and a half to get such care. The care and expertise is so excellent that I prefer this provider over providers in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

The entire team are very caring concerned and compassionate people. I honestly believe I "fell" into one of the best cardiologists and I am extremely grateful for Dr Vekstein his staff as well. They dont make you feel like "your going to the doctor" more providers need to take their examples and learn from them.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

Dr Vekstein is always concerned and patient very warm hearted Doctor doesnt make you feel like your just a medical number never rushes you always listens

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

I have never had to wait any unusual length of time at Dr Veksteins office. They are always on time unlike other providers

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2018

The technicians in the stress lab ( Kelly and Rebecca) were OUTSTANDING COURTEOUS AND VERY HELPFUL. Dr Vekstein is outstanding, courteous and helpful Cardiologist.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

Dr. Vekstein is incredible! He has a wonderful bedside manner, he is brilliant and incredibly skilled in the field of Cardiology. I would not go to anyone else. I feel very confident in his skills and feel at ease knowing he is my Cardiologist.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

Very professional from all staff and doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018

The doctor seemed hurried some and some of my concerns were never addressed....there was no final question," do you have any further concerns or questions for me?"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018

Dr. Vekstein is an excellent Cardiologist who cares about his patients.

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