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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 Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myocardial Ischemia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Restenosis
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
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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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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 4/14/2023, 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

451 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

47 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Dr. Vekstein shows the utmost respect and concern for his patients, namely, myself! I have recommended him to others over the past 10 years!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Very attentive doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Dr Vekstein is in a word, outstanding. I cannot say enough nice things about him.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

I am evaluating my recent visit with Dr. Veckstien. He was extremely pleasant and informative. I was very comfortable while he did his testing and are casual medical conversations. I would highly recommend him to my friends.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Dr. V. Veckstein is the BEST ! ! !

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

I love my doctor and the staff

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

I have recommended Dr Vekstein to many friends in need of a cardiologist. He takes his time and is very caring.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Excellent!! I appreciate Dr. Vexstein and staff

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Dr Vekstein saved my life 8 yrs ago. I have recommended him to many people I know and will continue to do so!

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Dr Vekstein and his entire staff were excellent and very empathetic with my new diagnosis.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

I am very satisfied with Dr Vekstein.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Dr Vekstein is always helpful and thorough and easy to talk to

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

The doctor listened attentively and answered all my questions. Professional and friendly.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

Will recommend this doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

Dr .Vekstein had reviewed my recent labs before seeing me and answered questions about a medication my PCP had recommended adding to my regime

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Doc V is an outstanding cardiologist ... And my Doc since 2010 ... Couldn't ask for anyone better ...

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023


Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Excellent doctor answers all questions friendly and very professional.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Cleveland clinic has saved my life doctors and great nurse in ICU are the absolute best. In fact would love to thank the angel who made me a hug pillow and escorted me to the recovery room stabilized and on the mend.

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

I feel very confident in the care I receive from Dr. Vekstein.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Dr Vekstein listened to my problem & offered a possible solution & referral. I am very grateful for his understanding & clear explanation of my options. Thank you Dr Vekstein.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Dr Vekstein has outstanding bedside manner! Never rushes, allowing discussion on any concerns I have about my health.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Easy to do business with Dr. Vekstein's ofice.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Dr. Vekstein is fabulous! He is incredibly smart, thorough and patient.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Excellent Doctor ! ! !

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

First doctor I've seen in 5 years that knew all about me and was on target with my needs.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr. Vikstein is a wonderful , caring and knowledgeable doctor . I'm very happy being in his care.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Doctors and staff at Cleveland Clinic are compassionate and wonderful.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Doctor V is awesome

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Have recommended Dr. Vekstein to others and everyone loves him. He is kind caring and compassionate. Takes his tone with you and explains so it's understandable.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr Vekstein always listens and helps. I appreciate that he is my cardiologist.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2023

I's recommend Dr. Vekstein to anyone in need of a cardiologist, with hesitation.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2023

Short wait period after I arrived. The doctor answers questions in an understandable manner.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2023

Dr Vekstein a d his staff are very compassionate people who listen and truly care

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

Terrific Physician!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

I've been with this doctor for many years and I have alway gotten excellent care and his concern. I always feel very uplifted after my visits.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Dr. Vekstein is excellent! I trust him enormously!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Dr Vekstein is the Best!!

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Dr Vekstein is a quality human being as well as a gifted physician

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

A very caring doctor

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

I was treated very good by everyone.The receptionist the nurses and Dr Veckstein all were very nice and professional.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr. Vekstein and his staff are wonderful in every way!

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Would of liked a better interpretation of the test results by him. I had tests done a year earlier by Dr Vekstien but had to get others at his office to explain the results. He made bo effort to contact me.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Dr took time to listen to my questions.

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

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