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Department Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Primary Location Lakewood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Screening
  • Immunization
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender( LGBT Health)
  • Preventive Health
View all 4 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • AIDS & HIV
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Kidney Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Skin Conditions
  • Sports Injuries
View all 13 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA USA

Internship - Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA USA

Medical Education - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA


  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health,Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Hypertension, Preventive Care and Hyperlipidemia

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for James Hekman, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 11/27/2020, Dr. Hekman 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

134 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr. Hekman is very comforting and engaged, listening to each of your concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Dr. Hekman relates well, is compassionate and caring. I find him very authentic. I look forward to my doctor visits.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

I am always treated very well. I know I always receive excellent care. Excellent Dr. & staff. I know I am in good hands. God Bless You All

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Excellent Dr.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Dr. Hekman is wonderful--knowledgeable, caring, a pleasure to have as my family physician.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2021

Dr.Hekman is an amazing Dr and I have recommended him to others, he's just so good there are not enough hours in the day. Im very happy with him and feel when needed I can share anything of my private life with him.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

A more caring, humane, and committed to patient needs physician would be hard to find. Dr. Hekman truly listens, and he cares about his patients at the most human level.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr. Hekman is the BEST! He is the only doctor that I have ever trusted, liked, and felt comfortable with in my entire life. As far as I am concerned Dr. Hekman walks on water!

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

The Doctor was fully engaged with listening to my concerns, and was thorough in questioning me for my medical history on this first visit. I felt comfortable and at ease with Dr. Heckman.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

I have always recommended Dr. Hekman and will continue to. Wonderful Doctor and person.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

Dr. Hekman is the best. So glad I was able to see him in person.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

Dr. Hekman is a fine doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

excellent physician, asks the right questions..

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

Dr Hekman is very professional and compassionate.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

Dr. Hekman is a wonderful, caring doctor. He takes time to listen and answer questions.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Dr. Hekman is easy to interact with, pleasant, caring, and comprehensive.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

I have recommended Doctor Hekman with the highest of encouragement, and will continue to do so.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Dr. Hekman approached the appointment clearly having reviewed my current lab work and recent hospitalization. He provided me with important information about my health status that I was unaware of.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Dr Hekman is very caring and competent and talks with you about any issues.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

I have had nothing but good experiences with CC Lakewood, Dr. Hekman and his staff have been nothing but helpful.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

I live in Akron and I drive an hour each way to see Dr. Hekman, Im that happy with him as my Dr. Ive also suggested that a close friend try to get in to see and make him their caregiver also. Im very comfortable with Dr. Hekman and know I can share with him if needed things Id not share with others.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

I truly appreciate Dr. Hekman. I do have a difficult time getting an appointment, in particular for my annual physical, but it is because he is an outstanding Physician and is in high demand.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Dr. Heckman listens and is inclusive and easy to understand.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

It seems like the doctors/staff are being required to "see" many more patients as it can be very difficult to get an appointment within a couple weeks.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Dr. Hekman shows a great deal of care for me. I am very glad and grateful he is my PCP.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Dr. Hekman is always thorough, attentive, and caring to make sure he gets to the root of an issue as soon as possible.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

I like Dr. Heckman, we both respect each other and work as a team to take care of my problems. Other people i talk to about their doctors do not get the same treatment i do.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

dr Hekman should be the poster child for what great doctors should strive to become

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

My doctor is the best and we're talking about doctor James Heckman

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Dr. Hekman is not only professional but also very easy to talk to. Dr. Hekman is great about asking me questions an listening to what I have to say. Dr. Hekman is by far, the best PCP that I've ever had!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

I like Dr, Hekman and believe him to be an excellent and kind doctor. If I didn't I wouldn't make the drive from the east side of Cleveland to Lakewood. This time, I didn't have to do so because it was a video visit.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Dr. Heckman is a caring, comforting physician.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Dr Heckman is one of the best medical provider that I have ever worked with. There is genuine concern for my health needs.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

provider care is excellent

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Dr Heckman listened to Long history then asked specific Qs

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Dr. Hekman is very understanding.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Dr. Hekman is the best

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Dr. Heckman is super thorough. He always asks if I'm interested in something, never tells me. He truly does take your opinion into account when making health decisions

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

I very much enjoy seeing this doctor because I feel like he actually listens to my concerns and does not immediately go to medication. Only thing with this is I was hoping for more conversation about follow ups and time of treatment - had the appointment been slightly longer I might have been able to address some of those.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Dr. Hekman is wonderful!!!! He really listens, and then responds. I am lucky to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

I respect Dr. Hekman. He is easy to talk with and forthcoming whenever I have concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Having been with Dr. Hekman for over 10 years I wouldn't have chosen anyone else. He is the best.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

I couldn't be happier with this provider. His empathy and deep knowledge is spot on.

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