Dr. Frank Heckl, MD

Dr. Frank Heckl, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 67
Dr. Frank Heckl, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Albuquerque, NM and has been practicing for 36 years. He graduated from Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California in 1976 and specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.Read his story

201 Cedar St SE Ste 6600

Albuquerque, NM 87106

Contact Information

(505) 724-4300

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico
  • Cigna
  • MultiPlan
  • Presbyterian Health Plan

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Top Care Areas

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Knee Disorders
very high
more than 91% of peers
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 89% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
more than 89% of peers

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Dr. Heckl's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Heckl "Dr. Frank Heckl is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy at New Mexico Orthopaedics. Before joining New Mexico Orthopaedics in 1986, Dr. Heckl practiced with Albuquerque Orthopaedic Associates. As an elite athlete in swimming,Dr. Heckl first gained respect for the field as a result of being treated by various orthopedists throughout the years. The science proved to be increasingly fascinating to him and resulted in a lifelong career choice. He has found special interest in arthroscopic procedures of the knee to the point where he has super specialized in reconstructions of the ACL. Dr. Heckl has a focused partnership with each of his patients in which he pledges to deliver the quality care that every one deserves in return for an active participation in each individual's return to an active and healthy life. He is also a faculty member of the New Mexico Orthopaedics Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Heckl donated his time as a physician volunteer at the Summer Olympic Games in 1984. He has also served as a team physician for the USA National Swimming Team at the Drug Offensive International Swimming Championships in Australia and for the USA Swim Team at the Goodwill Games in Seattle and he served on the New Mexico Governor's Council on Physical Fitness from 1988 to 1991. In his free-time, Dr. Heckl is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time in Bible study. He can also claim the unique privilege and once-in-a-lifetime experience of once having operated on a cheetah at the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque."


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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

28  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia

9  Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Southern California
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • University Calif Irvine Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1977
  • University Calif Irvine Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1981
  • University Nm Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Heckl has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Heckl's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Heckl to family and friends
35 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (35)

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Dr. Heckl's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

After my 2nd surgery with cartilage damage in my right knee my recovery was quick with a solid response to the recommended PT. Within 8 weeks I was back on my bikes, road and mountain. The following winter I was able to ski comfortable on most advanced terrain and conditions. Dr. Heckel's bedside...more
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Dr. Henkl is a no-nonsense individual. I am heavier than I should be and he spells out the risks of not losing the weight. I completely trust his judgment and I had surgery on my right knee and he did an amazing job. I was able to walk the Camino de Santiago 5 months after surgery. He is a God...more
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Dr Heckl met with me regarding a knee injury. He immediately x-rayed and schedule and MRI after hearing about the injury and taking time to watch/fell the movement of my knee. He mentioned he suspected an ACL tear and fully explained next steps including the MRI for confirmation of soft tissue...more
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What a waste of time. He is not going to help you. I have a problem with my ACL ongoing for 6 years now. He is not even willing to fix me. More rude than I've ever experienced in medicine. Told me to lose weight. I lost 24 pounds in a month of hard work and determination and he didn't even bat...more
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Great dr. Will not just tell you what you want to hear, but will give you his unvarnished opinion. He is responsible in prescribing medication and exhausts non-operative alternatives first. He also does not write off those over 40 who want to remain very active in high impact sports but helps...more
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