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

Lakewood Family Health Center

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
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • HIV
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • 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 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 11/10/2022, 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

211 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

71 Patient Comments

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.

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

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

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 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. Hekman is the best! He listens!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

Dr Heckman is the best

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

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Dr. James Hekman will ALWAYS go above and BEYOND with his expertise as an Internal Medicine Physician. He is very thorough, patient, tentative and an outstanding listener. I would HONESTLY be lost without him.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Dr Hekman is a wonderful Dr. More doctors should be as kind and compassionate as DR. H

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Dr Hekman is a wonderful and amazing doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

As always, Dr. James Heckman made me feel comfortable and respected.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Both of of my video visits in January and December were great the physician's assistant was very attentive. My personal doctor was great during my visit. He answered all of my questions and went into detail about my health situation and made sure I understood what was going on. I truly appreciate him for that.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr Hekman is always thorough, compassionate, informative and friendly. I feel extremely fortunate to have him as my PCP.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

Extremely caring provider that covers all bases and includes me in the decision making process for my health. Awesome doc!

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

I recommend Dr Hekman and his practice all the time.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

Always a positive experience when visiting Dr Hekman! Excellent Physician! Soria is an asset to this office!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

All aspects of care from *Dr. Hekman, office staff, nursing staff are ALWAYS excellent!!!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Dr. Hekman is always a pleasure, takes the time to explain and makes me feel comfortable.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

Dr. James Hekman is an awesome doctor. All my life I have always feared and mistrusted doctors. Since I first saw Dr. Hekman 7 years ago I was amazed that I found a doctor that I actually liked and trusted. I am very blessed to have him as my primary care physician.

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