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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 (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
View all 14 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

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

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

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

Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI


  • 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

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 3/22/2024, Dr. Hekman has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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

298 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

101 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 21, 2024

Dr. Hekman is an amazing provider. He is kind, thoughtful, and a so helpful. Honestly, I could not ask for a better primary care provider.

Reviewed on May 21, 2024

As Always , Dr. Hekman was thorough and caring about my health.

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

The best primary care doctor I have ever had

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

Dr Hekman is a superb physician. Very knowledgeable and caring

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Very difficult to schedule for the time I wanted with Dr. Hekman. He is very busy.

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Dr. Hekman is exceptional as a physician. He has been my doctor a very long time and remembers every detail.

Reviewed on May 7, 2024

Dr. A listener who listens to understand, very detail oriented and patient centric

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

I'm very happy with my care team, and Dr. Hekman is outstanding. I've followed him through two moves now, and will continue with him with whatever office / practice he chooses to work out of.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Dr Heckman truly provides me with best possible care. He listens to my concerns he cares about me, his advice has saved my life. He recently moved office I have ability to follow him to new location and I will.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr. Hekman is smart, caring, and compassionate. Excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr. Hekman is fantastic!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

What a treasure for my wife and I to both be his patient. Our sons father-in-law told us that Dr. Hekman was his favorite doctor at Kaiser Permanente. And he said that before he knew that we were seeing him at Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024

This was one of the better recent visits with Dr. Hekman. He seemed more focused on me than sometimes in the past.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

Dr Hekman is a wonderful physician!

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

Dr Hekman is a superb clinician

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Dr. Hekman is an excellent, highly competent, and caring physician who tries to do his best for all of his patients. However, his workload is much too great; he cannot be in two places at once.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

He a Great Doctor

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Even though the flow was not perfect, I gave it high marks because this was Dr. Hekman's very first day at a new facility.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2024

Dr Hekman has always been the epitome of a sincerely caring health provider who wouldn't give in to easy answers and looks for the root cause to prevent further issues or future complications or recurrences.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2024

Dr. Hekman is always booked more than six months in advance. Makes it awfully hard to schedule six-month follow-ups.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2024

Once you get in, he's great!

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2024

Dr.Hekman is excellent.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

Excellent physician, Dr heckman outstanding, attentive, empathetic. Nurse Walter was excellent as well

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

Dr. Hekman is an angel. His concern, kindness and attention are wonderful.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr. Hekman is great he books out very quickly. But I'll wait to see him.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr Hekman isa great Doctor

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Doctor Hekman has been my primary care physician for over 5 years now since moving to Lakewood and he is absolutely GREAT. I always feel like he listens to me and understands any medical concerns that I may have.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

What a blessing to have him as my physician and the physician of my wife

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2024

Dr. Hekman is consistently attentive to my concerns and questions. He communicates well and is an excellent provider. Glad he is my primary care doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Excellent care was provided. The team is outstanding and Drm Hekman is an exceptional physician.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

My favorite doctor

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Excellent doctor! Have been in his treatment for many years!

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr. HEKMAN is excellent. Very difficult to get appointments though.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Anyone that has Dr. Hekman as a PCP is darn lucky .

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Dr Heckman takes the time necessary addressing my issues he knows my health history and is genuinely concerned about me.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Excellent doctor very caring

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr. Hekman is a wonderful caring doctor. I feel he truly care about my well being. He is the best!

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr Hekman is a very popular doctor! Scheduling to see him can be difficult unless you are able to waits for months at times.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Dr. Hekman has always shown compassion and listened to my health concerns intently. In addition, he makes reasonable and timely recommendations for preventative health and provides me with excellent resources. I couldn't be happier with the care I receive.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024

Dr. Hekman is terrific.

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 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 Aug 2, 2023

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

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.

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