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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


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

See publications for Vladimir Vekstein, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 4/5/2021, 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

414 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 4.8
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

50 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Dr.V Vekstein probably saved my life with his quick action on my health issues.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

Dr Veckstein is a great Dr. He knows my families history very well and took care of my father. He is always very kind and shows that he cares about my health. He answers all of my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

Dr. Vekstein took ample time to listen to me as I described my symptoms. He did not rush me out of the room and showed a genuine interest in helping me achieve a good outcome.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Dr. Vekstein is an outstanding physician and I have recommended him to others!

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

I have had only good experience with this doctor and team.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

great doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

comfortable with my Care Doctors

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

I always feel comfortable with the Doctor. He listens if I have concerns He is very polite and makes you feel at ease which is important to me I have White Coat Syndrome

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

everything was well organized and doctor was very professional

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

Dr Veckstein was forthright and thoughtful in answering my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

Dr. Veckstein is second to none!! I admire him for his true professionalism and is a very caring individual. A friend of the family has already made contact with him due to our recommendation.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

I feel that everything was very good the doctor was a little abrupt not rude but overall very very good thank you.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Dr Veckstein is always nice, friendly, and informative.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

excellent experience with doctor

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021


Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Dr VEKSTIEN has always been Kind and Courteous to me! But most of all Caring!

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr. Vekstein is one of the best in his field.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

this office gets patients in to see the doctor pretty quickly. They do not overbook patients to where you are waiting an hour or more for your appointment to be completely over.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

I fell in love with Dr Vekstien and staff i really feel they cared about my condition

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

I'd rate doctor Vekstein a 10 if I could

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Vekstein found a blocked artery behind my heart and installed a stent. All the problems I was having are now resolved. The procedure went without a hitch and I can't thank him enough for "fixing" me!

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

lucky to have doctors like Vekstein

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Have been seen by Dr Vekstein for a very long time and am truly thankful for the care he has given me! Am truly honored to be under his care!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

I feel very comfortable and secure with Dr Vekstein and his staff. I gladly refer him to anyone who is in need of a very good and caring doctor.

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.

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