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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
Lakewood Family Health Center
Primary Location

Lakewood Family Health Center

Appointment:
216.237.5500
Fax:
216.237.5505
Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Screening
  • Immunization
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Health
  • Preventive Health
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • AIDS
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • High Cholesterol
  • HIV
  • Kidney Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Skin Conditions
  • Sports Injuries
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Insurance

Insurance

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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2008

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA USA
2004

Internship - Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA USA
2001

Medical Education - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
1996

Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA
1991

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health,Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Hypertension, Preventive Care and Hyperlipidemia, Continuous Improvement, Community Outreach, Health Equity and Operations

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 10/21/2023, 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

260 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 5

94 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Dr. Hekman has been my internist for years and has always been accessible and helpful when I needed physician's care or consult.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

I always feel respected and listened to by the provider.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Dr. Hekman is the most thorough physician I've ever dealt with. He truly cares about his patients.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

I've been seeing Dr. Hekman for almost 14 years. I wouldn't want to see anyone else. He is caring and understanding.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

I never had any issues with my doctors appointments, I have the best doctor James Hekman.

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023

Dr Hekman saw me as an emergency add on to his schedule. I appreciate his concern for my well being.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Is there a rating higher than very good? I would say excellent!

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

I am very fortunate to have Dr. Hekman as my primary care physician. His listening skills are outstanding and his interventions always helps me.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

We have to make our appointments a year in advance and it is still difficult. Dr. Hekman is worth the wait, but it should not be this difficult to schedule.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Dr. Hekman is kind, compassionate, caring, and a superbly knowledgeable physician. He is a fantastic primary care physician. We drive 70 miles and have appointments a year in advance - he is worth it!!

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Excellent 5 star Dr.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

His office staff is very pleasant. However, because Dr. Hekman is so busy, it is often difficult to get appointments when we want them, even 6 months to a year in advance.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Hekman. He is wonderful--compassionate, knowledgeable, thorough, personable. He is very interested in his patient's well-being and communicates empathy and caring.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

I love Dr. Hekman he's very knowledgeable and courteous. His Lakewood location that I would like to go to he's booked.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Best primary care physician

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

He's the best

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Dr. Hekman provided A+, 5-star care as usual. Further, a student named Isabelle attended the appointment (with my consent) and was a delight as well.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Would not change my care for any other doctor that you have.He is what you call a total doctor

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Very good doctor

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023

Dr. Hekman is extremely professional and thorough every time I see him. He explains things clearly and gets my sense of humor!

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023

I emailed Dr. Hekman with my concerns and he made room for me on his schedule.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr. Hekman is a great primary care provider. He has been giving me outstanding care for many years, and I look forward to seeing him for many years to come.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr Hekman is an excellent listener.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2023

Dr. Hekman is one of the gems of CC. Best Dr. Ever met.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr Hekman is the best. I have trusted him since my first visit with him.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr was late but it was a good appt.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Hekman was very professional and took the time to answer all of the pleathora of questions I had. He is hands down the best physician I have ever had.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Excellent physician

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Dr. Hekman is very caring and competent.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

Dr. Hekman is wonderful! He listens fully and is very attentive.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Hekman is an excellent doctor and his office staff is very efficient. I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Hekman and his support staff.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Hekman is great.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Hekman is an awesome Dr.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr. Hekman is a great listener and very educated on LGBT care

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Dr. Hekman has always been, and continues to be, empathetic, courteous, and warm. I feel we are true partners in my health care.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr. Hekman and staff provided 5-star treatment as always.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr Hekman and his team are gems in the Cleveland Clinic Community. I always feel comfortable with Dr Hekman, and know he always has my heart verbally health in mind when I'm being treated.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Dr. Heckman was great, I am looking forward to a collaborative relationship with him!

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Dr Hekman always takes time to thoroughly listen to my concerns and suggests easy, well thought out options. He's extremely considerate, and never makes you feel rushed.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

I often recommend dr heckman

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr. Hekman always spends as much time with me helping me understand my issues. I greatly appreciate him.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Top notch care from a top notch Dr.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Dr Hekman is a wonderful Doctor, every doctor should have his bedside manner. He listens, informs and tells you your options about medicines andTreatment plan. So respectful to everyone around him

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

The team at Dr. Hekman's office is alway professional, respectful, courteous and polite

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr. Hekman, and his team are comprehensive in my treatment and care. Simply the best care you can ask for.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Jim Heckman is a terrific doctor

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Dr. Hekman is a very thorough and caring physician, and I trust his decision making skills. He is a great asset to the CCF.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

I've always received excellent care from Dr Hekman. He listens and cares.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

We would love to have Dr Hekman as my wife's PCP

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

I started my 14th year seeing Dr. Hekman. He is the best and I hope to see him for many more years.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Many patients dread seeing their Doctor, but I look forward to seeing Dr. Hekman.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2023

Dr. Hekman is the very best doctor.He listens,he cares.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

Dr Hekman is a skilled, thoughtful and caring provider.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

Dr. Hekman is an awesome doctor! I highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

I am fortunate to have Dr. Hekman as my physician

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Dr. HEKMAN is a fantastic physician. He is thorough, explains medical condition in an expert manner, and makes competent decisions regarding treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Dr. Hekman is wonderful. Caring, knowledgeable, and personable.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Dr Hekman is the best primary care physician I have ever had. He knows me and my health situation. Clean answers to every question. My overall health has improved vastly over the past few years.

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Dr. Heckman bedside manner was great and he listened and filled right in where my Np retired. I also recommended by significant other we both liked him and felt very comfortable with Dr Heckman

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Dr Heckmam is top of the line care

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Dr.Hekman is an excellent physician. He's very intelligent, compassionate, well versed in the medical field. Troy is autistic and he LOVES Dr. James Hekman. We are so blessed to have him as our son primary physician. Dr.Hekman is a great asset to the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Dr. Hekman the best

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr. Hekman is the Best primary care Doctor I have ever had (and I am 70 years old). I would recommend him to any/all family or friend in need of a primary care doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Doctor Hickman is fantastic. I would highly recommend him. After Doctor Thomas Morledge left the Clinic I didn't think we could ever find such a great physician. It took a few tries but we are so thankful that a few years ago we found Doctor Heckman.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr Heckman is knowledgeable and very thorough. He listens to my concerns and explains well he also shows concern for all of my conditions. He helps me with coordinating my care. I am very satisfied to be under his care.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr. Hekman is very proactive and always goes over any concerns I have at each appointment. He has also recommended excellent specialists that I have been very happy with.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr. Hekman never rushes through my appointment. He is very thorough, willing to listen to my questions, and provides his input.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr. Hekman is a fabulous physician and a wonderful person. He is kind, caring, compassionate and the consummate professional. It is pleasure having Dr. Hekman as my physician.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr. Hekman leads a superb care team.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr. Hekman is an excellent physician-- knowledgeable, compassionate, a good communicator. He advocates for his patients and gives personalized care. He is thorough and listens well to his patients' concerns. He tries to address and respond to these concerns in a reasonable period of time, but he is SO busy. I feel lucky to have him as my primary card physician. He goes out of his way to provide the best care available within the Cleveland Clinic system. Kudos to him!

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

Dr. Hekman is an excellent doctor. Very thorough. My favorite doctor .

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

Dr Heckman Is a good Doctor

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Dr Hekman is top of his field! A Doctor I am proud to call my own! I'm extremely pleased every time I meet with him!

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

Excellent session. Dr Hekman is very knowledgeable, caring and thorough.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2023

Dr Hekman is wonderful, there is none better

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2023

Dr Hekman is an amazing doc, especially in this era of corporate medicine. I am a retired CCF MD and would like to say he is the best doc I have ever had. I believe his thoroughness saved my life. He is academically great and a caring human. I feel so lucky to have found him.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Dr. Hekman concerned for my overall wellbeing.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2023

Its always a pleasure when I have an appointment with Dr. Hekman...he is professional, caring and concern about my well being...his staff is amazing as well

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2023

Dr. Hekman was thoughtful and professional as always.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

Dr. Hekman is the best doctor I ever had. He is very professional, caring, and attentive as well as personable.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

Since there is no rating for excellent I'm adding it here, Dr. Hekman is excellent!

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2023

Dr. Hekman is a great doctor but it's really hard to find an appointment open to see him.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2023

Dr Hekman is a very caring professional who listens and asks questions before providing feedback.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2023

Dr Hekman actually squeezed me in so he could review x-ray findings before he went on vacation.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2023

Dr Hekman encourages patients to be fully involved in decisions about care

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2023

Dr Hekman is an outstanding doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

Dr Heckman is the best

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

Dr. Hekman is the best! He listens!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2023

Dr. Hekman is a very knowledgeable and kind doctor. Highest recommendation.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

Dr. Hekman is compassionate and an excellent communicator. I couldn't be happier with his care.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

I had a really great experience at my appointment with Dr. Hekman. He is personable, took the time to listen, and answered my questions. Really happy to be under his care.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

As always, Dr.Hekman is the best

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

I have been with Hekman for over 10 years now and have been impressed with him as a doctor and a a human being. He listens, he asks questions and he admits that he doesn't know everything!! He gets back to me with answers and/or he sends me to specialists. It is also clear that he reads and keeps up with new ideas

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