New Nephrology Department Chairman Appointed

Veteran nephrologist had served as interim chair for 2 years

Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors has appointed Robert Heyka, MD, Chair of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension.

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Eric Klein, MD, Chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, says that Dr. Heyka was selected after an exhaustive national search of top candidates.

“His appointment reflects his strong leadership skills and deep understanding of, and commitment to, the Cleveland Clinic culture of patient care, education and research,” he says. “This appointment recognizes the superb job he has done while serving as interim chair.”

Dr. Heyka joined the staff in 1987 after completing a fellowship in Hypertension and Nephrology here. He has served as the Medical Director for the FMC/Cleveland Clinic East (Fairhill) Dialysis Center, the Director of Chronic Hemodialysis in the Department of Hypertension and Nephrology, and Chair of the Board of Directors for the FMC/Ohio Renal Care Group.

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Dr. Heyka earned his medical degree from Wane State University School of Medicine in Detroit and completed an internship in internal medicine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. He completed a residency at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., and was Boy Frame Lecturer in Bone and Mineral Metabolism in the Department of Endocrinology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit before coming to Cleveland Clinic.