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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


  • Internal Medicine - Medical 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

See publications for Vinit Makkar, 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 1/4/2022, 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.

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

167 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
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

45 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Dr Vinit Makkar is a best in class doctor. He is both knowledgably and caring. I am 58 years old and he is one of the top 2 doctors I have ever worked with. I feel that I can count on him which is a major factor in driving the customer experience. He gets my absolute top rating.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2022

Dr. Makkar is a gem in a situation that is not what any patient wants to have to go through. Calm and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2022

Doctor's degree to putting you at ease is topnotch. Facing my health challenges, Dr. Makkar presented the facts on medical breakthroughs and increased my awareness on what to expect during my treatment.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

All of my appointments with Dr Makkar have been and continue to be at a rating of "very good".

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

Dr Makkar is "the best"!!!

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

Dr Makkar is wonderful and informative

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

Dr Makkar is outstanding!! Not only did he explain the possible procedures and possible side effects he also was very much concerned about other Issues which I am dealing with.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Dr Makkar takes the time to listen. He has been a terrific Doctor going through this difficult time.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

I tell everyone facing cancer that I meet of Dr Makkar and how excellent he is

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Dr. Makkar always provides excellent, compassionate care.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

Dr. Makkar was very professional in his care, but also very easy to talk to. He has a calming voice that lends itself to a feeling of confidence and trust in the care he gives to the patient. Considerate when it comes to the patient's time spent in the office. Plans future appointments and what to expect on the next visit.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr Makkar has a phenomenal patient focused way. He inspires professional confidence and takes an extra measure establishing a sincere doctor/patent rapport.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2022

Best provider at the clinic. Very knowledgeable and experienced.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2022

Dr. Makkar is an excellent doctor. He listens and explains everything in terms that are easy to understand.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

He has been a wonderful doctor to me and has explained everything to my family as needed

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Dr Makkar is always willing to answer any questions or concerns I might have.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

Dr. Makkar is exceptional!

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Provider is kind, compassionate and shows sincere concern for me and my well being.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

Dr. Makkar is excellent. Explains issues well and listens to questions and provides answers. This is my second bout with cancer and I requested to be under his care and was grateful to get an appointment.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

Dr. Makar had difficulty getting video working fro hospital side. We spoke by phone. It was fine.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

This was my first visit with Dr. Makkar as my previous provider had passed away unexpectedly.Dr. M was very thorough as he read my medical history in advance. He asked relevant questions about my prior treatments and carefully explained a care path going forward. His demeanor was professional and friendly. He came highly recommended and I can see why.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Dr. Makkar is thorough, listens to client patiently and with full attention to what I had to relate to him.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

I was very happy with the time Dr Makkar spent with my wife and I, he listened, answered our questions and gave us information that we were not given with other doctors. This was a second opinion appointment

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Dr. Makkar was thorough in his explanation of my health issues.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Feel very comfortable speaking with Dr. Makkar

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Great doctor and I trust him and his advice for my health

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Dr. Makkar was considerate of my concerns and sought another opinion regarding my issues and phoningTo advise me and ask my decision....which was greatly appreciated

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

The very best caring Dr at the Clinic

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Thank you, Dr. Makkar!

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Dr. Makkar is an excellent care provider. Far better than the "very good" option.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Love Dr MAKKAR!!

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Dr Makkar takes the time to listen and explain in layman's terms what is going on. He is the most kind, empathetic, compassionate doctor I have ever had!!

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Dr. Makkar is the the best oncologist on planet earth. Great listener. Very compassionate. Caring. Smart. Real. Has empathy. Truly truly listens to YOU. He is an outstanding human being. I recommend Dr. Makkar to everyone I come in contact with. CCF is very lucky to have Dr. Makkar on their staff. He should get a bonus or some kind of raise. He deserves an award. I am so fortunate to have Dr. Makkar as my oncologist. May god bless him.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

I have already recommended Dr. Makkar to friends.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

excellent provider, thoroughly explains all results.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Dr. Makkar is top notch, a fantastic listener, compassionate, respectful and always takes into consideration my thoughts and concern.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Dr Makkar is very attentive and personable.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Dr Makkar ALWAYS takes time with you no matter how busy he is. he is a great doctor

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

I had numerous questions and Dr. Makkar spent the time to answer them thoroughly. It was a relief to have answers. Dr. Makkar is gifted in explaining/teaching. Much appreciated by this RN/patient!

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr. Makkar was very professional, he listened and answered all my concerns and questions.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Dr Makkar is thorough, kind, and he goes the extra mile. A friend recommended him, and I am most grateful to her. Again, his day is non stop, but he never lets that get in the way of excellent care. Cancer is unpredictable, but the care at Hillcrest is dependable. The medical oncology team and the surgical oncology team are excellent. I wouldn't go anywhere else, and frequently recommend these caregivers.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Dr Makkar is the most genuine professional I have ever met. He is so caring and takes time to not only listen but hears what any questions or concerns you may have

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Dr. Makkar is excellent.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

a very thoughtful and helpful doctor

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Doctor Makkar is a wonderful person

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