Dr. Heekin, Local Legend
R. David Heekin MD, F.A.C.S., is a total joint replacement specialist and founder of Heekin Orthopedic Specialists. The doctor, who was born and raised in Jacksonville, is a husband, father, entrepreneur, volunteer and graduate of one of the most prestigious schools in the country. In an effort to get to know a little bit more about Dr. Heekin, and to find out what makes him tick, both professionally and personally; we asked him a few questions.Read More »

Dr. Heekin, Healthcare Hero
R. David Heekin opened his own orthopedic practice, Heekin Orthopedic Specialists, in 2001 and currently performs surgeries at St. Vincent’s HealthCare facilities, but his proudest moment as a doctor dates back to his days in the Army. He treated shattered bones, torn ACLs, and other injuries suffered during the Battle of Mogadishu, which inspired the novel and film “Black Hawk Down.”Read More »

Dr. Heekin talks about Hip Arthritis and Replacements Listen Here »

Dr. Heekin, Medical Director of St. Vincent’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence
The hospital also ranks among the top-ten in the state in terms of the number of hip replacement surgeries performed. But despite the large number of patients that pass through their doors each year, the program was designed to address the needs of each individual and its reputation was built one patient at a time. “The entire orthopedic program at St. Vincent’s is focused on the patient,” says orthopedic surgeon, R. David Heekin, M.D., program medical director. Read More »

David Heekin, MD, Voted #1 Orthopedic Surgeon, 2013 Read More »

Dr. Heekin named Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, St. Vincent’s Riverside 2013

Dr. Heekin appointed Medical Director of Orthopedic Center of Excellence, St. Vincent’s Medical Center. 2011

Dr. Heekin named Legacy Leader for Arthritis Foundation, 2012, 2013, and 2014


Dr. Heekin, Returning Fred Funk to Golf, 2014
Dr. David Heekin, of Heekin Orthopedic Specialists in Jacksonville, who performed the joint replacements on both Funk and Lehman, says that the surgeon should never be the one to decide when a replacement will take place. “I never tell a patient ‘you need surgery,’” he said. “The patient will tell me when it’s time. Until then, we use more conservative treatments to alleviate pain and keep the patient as functional as possible.Read More »

Dr. Heekin provides Free Joint Replacements to OPERATION WALK USA
Medtronic Surgical Technologies, the world’s largest medical device company, has opened the Dr. Glen Nelson Surgeon Education and Training Center, located at the division’s Jacksonville headquarters. The $14 million facility contains a 10,000-square-foot auditorium, 4,000 square feet of product research and development, space and a 3,000-square-foot customer training lab. Surgeons and surgical teams from around the world will train there with Medtronic equipment for cranial, spinal and ENT procedures.Read More »

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