Department Regional Oncology
Primary Location Hillcrest Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Hindi
Surgeon No
Hillcrest Hospital
Primary Location

Hillcrest Hospital

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical Trials
View all 3 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Facts About Bladder Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Solid Tumor Disorders
View all 6 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Fox Chase Cancer Center
Medical Oncology
Philadelphia, PA USA

Fellowship - Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA USA

Residency - The Christ Hospital
Internal Medicine
Cincinnati, OH USA

Internship - The Christ Hospital
Internal Medicine
Cincinnati, OH USA

Medical Education - Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Rootstown, OH USA

Undergraduate - Youngstown State University
Combined Sciences
Youngstown, OH USA

Professional Highlights

  • Board-certified in internal medicine
  • Board-certified in hematology/oncology

Specialty Interests

Hematology, medical oncology

Awards & Honors

  • Top Doctors, Cleveland magazine, 2008


  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/22/2019, Dr. Makkar 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

238 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 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

44 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Dr. Makkar is very knowledgeable and always caring.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Dr MAKKAR is so easy to talk to and he listens to what I have to say

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

I am fortunate to have Dr. Makkar take care of me. He is thoughtful, professional, and compassionate. His knowledge and ability to care for my problems have been outstandomg. I am very fortunate to be associated with Dr. Makkar and would recommend him to all of my family and friends.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

one of the easiest doctors to get an appointment with and so pleasant unlike trying to make other appointments with other doctors which can take months

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

dr Makkah is a thoughtful and attentive listener. his caring and informative approach is extraordinary

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Dr. Makkar was respectful, which is of ultimate importance. He was kind and did not make me feel that he was in a rush or that my issue didn't matter. He treated me as a person.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Dr. Makkar is truly one of the best doctors I've ever had and I'm thankful he is mine!

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Dr. Makkar is a wonderful compassionate man, and a great doctor.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr. Makkar is so kind, sympathetic and knowledgable. I would not hesitate recommending him.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr. Makkar and his staff are the best - very compassionate, caring and helpful.

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

Dr. Makkar takes the time to explain and offer options and seems truly interested in your individual concerns.

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

I would not change care provider's as my family and I have complete trust in Dr Makkar's judgment and feel he has provided the best possible treatment for me throughout the past 8 yrs. I feel trust in your physician is extremely important

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

Dr. Makkar is superb: knowledgeable, personable, cerebral and always reassuring.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr. Makkah is an awesome doctor. He is knowledgeable, kind, and listens to my concerns. I am thankful he is my doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr Makkar and staff are the best!

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

excellent doctor with a great bed side manner thank you

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Dr. Makkar is an excellent listener and caregiver.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2019


Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

Dr. Makkar was thorough in explaining decision points and the procedures, both in advance and during the biopsy.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

Dr. Makkar is very kind. He is knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. I respect him as a doctor and as an exemplar human being!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

I have been hesitant about a certain care decision recently, and Dr Makkar too the time to provide the case study info, statical data, and thoroughly answered my questions. I can't tell you how much I appreciate his level of knowledge and respect of my feelings.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

best provider at the clinic. always professional and superior knowledge.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019

dr makkar went above and beyond. taking into consideration other relevant appointments.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Dr Makkar is very diligent in returning phone calls, even in the evening, to explain my test results, address my concerns and make sure I'm not playing phone tag. At my request, he even leaves me detailed voicemails on my cell if I cannot take his call. He and I are perfectly matched in temperament. And he always takes the time to explain his recommendations.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Dr Makkar is a super star doctor in my opinion. I cannot imagine someone who brings more to our meetings than him. I'm very comforted by his being my doc.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2019

he is an excellent physician great listener and compassionate

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

*Dr. Makkar listens and makes you feel comfortable with very difficult decisions. Very compassionate care. Always returns messages.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

Dr. Makkar is so kind and compassionate. He is a great listener and so knowledgable. I am confident that I chose the right doctor to help me through this part of my cancer journey.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr. Makkar listens to questions and try's to answer all questions

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018

We know that Dr. Makkar spends quality time with his patients and doesn't hurry through appointments. He treats you as if you are the most important patient he has. Therefore, we know he runs behind at times. Wouldn't change it. There aren't many doctors who take time with their patients.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

Dr. Mikkar was running late at my visit, but this is not the norm. He did apologize for the wait and he is very professional. He is usually very timely.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

More conversation with Dr Makar regarding the state of my health/condition would be welcomed prior to my leaving the office.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

Dr. Makkar is the BEST! Thank you for a great experience!

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

I love my doctor and his staff.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

Dr. Makkar is truly a huge benefit to my healthcare, he's always very pleasant, knowledgeable & thorough to work with and I truly appreciate that he is my doctor and has been for a very long time! KUDOS TO DR. MAKKAR!

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

Dr. Makkar was as always friendly, caring, professional and supremely knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2018

As always Dr. Mkkair and his staff were beyond welcoming, kind, professional and knowledgeable. Going to the oncologist could be frightening to most, but the office staff and the physician make the patient confident that all options are being perused as well as the care is up to date. Excellent experience!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2018

Dr. Makkar's guidance and care is wonderful. He understands how to assist me with very difficult decisions. Most of all he listens.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2018

Excellent provider. Discussed and reviewed all tests, risks, benefits and treatment. Very courteous and knowledgeable as well as respectful. One of the best providers I have seen at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

my oncologist was a very honest and informed doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

had an extremely good check up with dr. makkar. we discussed future possibilities, and he helped me with some personal issues. very kind and gentle person!

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2018

I have been a patient of Dr Makkar for several years now and he regularly follows up on all my numerous medical issues, not just his specialty. I highly recommend him to any one who asks.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2018

Dr. Makkar is the BEST! His compassion, expertise, and thoughtfulness in explaining my treatment options so I can fully understand why a particular treatment has been chosen for me are such a comfort. I have been seen by two other oncologists over the years during my cancer battle, so I know that Dr. Makkar's personality and manner of relating to patients is truly exceptional.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018

staff not giving test results was rated never, as I am able to access through mychart. Dr Makkar and his staff are excellent

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