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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Medical Office Building, Akron
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Primary Location

Medical Office Building, Akron

Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Astigmatism
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Eye Infections
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters and Flashes
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Ocular Allergies
  • Presbyopia
  • Red Eye
  • Refractive Errors
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Case Western Reserve University - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Internship - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH


  • Ophthalmology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/9/2023, Dr. Ellison 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

685 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

93 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2024

Dr. Ellison is a good listener - important for every patient.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2024

Dr Ellison is an excellent, caring physician.

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

I really love my doctor. He is awesome

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

Dr Ellison was very respectful and down to Earth.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr. Ellison is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr Ellison is a caring and experienced physician

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

I highly recommend Dr. Ellison and his entire Team. Dr. Ellison has an excellent "bedside" manor, very pleasant, and always supplies excellent patient care and support.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Ellison and his Team are simply the best.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr Ellison is fabulous. He knows about eyes and how diabetes affects my eyes, what meds I need to avoid, and how to keep my peepers in great shape.He listens.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

It was a very good visit. The staff are great and Dr Ellison is who Ive been looking for

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

Dr. Ellison always explains any problems and any treatments necessary. Listens to my input and concerns. I would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Dr. Ellison took the time to explain the measurement reading and how they relate to my care and his final diagnosis.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr. Ellison is excellent, a very warm, caring professional.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr. Ellison clearly explains results from tests and any next steps anticipated. He is a caring and thoughtful physician.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

Good experience. Dr.Ellison took time to explain everything. We recommend him to our friends & family.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

This was my dads first visit here. Dr. Ellison and staff was amazing.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2024

Dr Ellison has been my doctor for at least 20 years and he always keeps me informed of all or any medical eye issues.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2024

Dr Ellison is a very good Dr. He completely informs you in a way you can understand. I have complete faith in his abilities and would definitely recommend him to anyone needing an ophthalmologist.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

Dr Ellison explained suggested future treatment with reference to questions I had about membrane issue.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

I have been a patient of Dr. Ellison's for nearly 30 years. He is a caring doctor who includes the patient in the process of the examination and in explaining conditions and potential outcomes. I would recommend him whole-heartedly!

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

Dr. Ellison was very thorough and professional.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

Dr Ellison provided exceptional service, as did his staff.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Staff is polite and efficient and the doctor and his assistant were very thorough and professional.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Dr Ellison spent quite a bit of time with me. Listened to the concerns I've had with my eyes and after a good exam gave me some relief from my worries and offered some practical things to do for my eye health.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Dr E on point

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Dr. Ellison was very courteous, professional, and empathetic.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Dr. Ellison is very thorough and a great eye doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Dr. Ellison is very cordial and answers my questions clearly.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr Ellison is excellent. He is patient, empathetic, and very knowledgeable. He answered all my questions. He took the time to show me images of changes in my eyes that are naturally occurring due to age and really helped me understand clearly. He is a gem

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr Ellison is personable and professional

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr Ellison and his assistant did a terrific job. I felt very well cared for. Couldn't have been better.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Just had to wait 90 mins b4 seeing my Dr. He's very good so a lot of people wants his great care.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr Ellison is an excellent doctor. He is very thorough and kind.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

I have never had a bad experience with Dr. Ellison or his staff. I have been his patient for many years.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

Been a patient of Dr. Ellison for many years. He is always polite and professional.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

Dr. Ellison is marvelous, always kind, caring & professional.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

Excellent staff and doctor

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024

Dr. Ellison has a great staff! They are friendly, respectful, and efficient.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024

Dr. Ellison is AC great doctor and I've recommended many people to him,including my family, and everyone has thanked me. My friends and family all think highly of him, a I do!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024

Dr Ellison Is helpful and professional I have recommended him to many .

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Love Dr. Ellison! Always takes his time and listens to my concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Wonderful Doctor

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr. Ellison is a excellent dr. Very happy with the care that I received. Thank you.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2023

Excellent physician

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Doctor was professional and thorough.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr Ellison is a great provider. Excellent clinically and personable.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

I actually encouraged my husband to go to Dr. Ellison. He was impressed as well.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr. Ellison is a good doctor . He talks to you even though he focuses on your problems. I have had an appointment with Dr. Dashmodi and I will never see Her again ! When you charge so much for an appointment, you expect to be the focus of the doctor . Dr. Ellison does that. Very knowledgeable and good personality!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

First visit with dr. He listened closely to my eye history, had excellent rapport and made me feel very comfortable during this initial visit.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023


Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr. Ellison is always friendly, answers questions and discusses test results.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2023

Dr Ellison patiently answered my questions. I also witnessed that he is kind and friendly towards other office staff.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

I could not have had a better ophthalmologist. He worked with my two other ophthalmologists to provide me the best care considering all my other conditions.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr. Ellison provides excellent services.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Really explains so I understand and although I have some problems I feel comfortable knowing he's my Doctor

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

I was impressed with my care by doctor and assistant

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

I thought Dr. Ellison was just excellent. He did all his tests on me, explaining everything. He explained my conditions to me so that I could understand them. He suggested an MRI for me so we could rule out any unknowns, for which I am grateful. Dr. Ellison was recommended to me by Dr. Cannati, my previous doctor who retired, Dr. Cannati. I can see why he came so highly recommended.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023


Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

I always appreciate the time Dr E spends to answer any questions etc

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Dr. Ellison is very pleasant, efficient and thorough.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

As always it was a informative and helpful. Dr Ellison was helpful and does a good job listening to the problem with a good plan for helping resolve issues.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Trust Dr Ellison.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Dr. Ellison is an excellent provider. Good explanation of issues, addresses all issues he found on exam. Goes the extra mile on professional treatment by taking me on an emergency basis 2-3 times. I can not say enough good things about his care.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

Always great with Dr.Ellison!

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Extremely good doctor

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

A great doctor with a great bedside manner

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

I trust Dr Ellison and have recommended him to others.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Doctor was very professional and gave a thorough examination. I liked him and will be back. He was some what rushed that day

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Top Shelf staff and overall quality of care. Dr. Ellison is a true professional.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr Ellison has managed my glocoma for 20 years with great compentcy

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Dr. Ellison always provides excellent care, is thorough and explains everything.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Excellent doctor. Very smart and personable. He explained everything thoroughly and asked for my input. I'm very pleased with the entire team.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr Ellison is a very caring and thorough physician.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

Dr. EllisonIs very knowledgeable and kind.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

I could not be more comfortable with Dr Ellison's care.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Cole Eye Inst, Dr Ellison's staff , the best organized, competent and caring of ANY Dept of The Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

I always suggest and recommend Dr. Ellison to others

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

I appreciate Dr. Ellison's professionalism, care, friendliness, expertise and concern for my needs. Very happy with the outcome of my surgery.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Always very good with Dr. Elison

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Dr Ellison is excellent. He is caring, thorough, and an experienced doctor who takes the time to explain.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

An exceptional doctor and person.Best Eye Doctor I have experienced. Fortunate to have such a caring individual / doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

This was an annual check-up, no weighty decisions were called for and I'll be happy to see Dr Ellison next year again. :-)

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr. Ellison was a very good listener. Very much engaged. Did not seemed rushed. Ran a lot of test and promptly diagnosed my problem. Prescribed different drops because the drops I was on were very problematic. Then he recommended a doctor in my area. Very professional. Everyone in the office was courteous and knowledgeable. I felt like I was in good hands.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr. Ellison was excellent. Explained and answered all my questions during and after exam. Very nice. A++

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

I like Dr. Ellison very much

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr was excellent and precise, appeared to have a large caseload

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr and staff are exceptional,.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

Dr Ellison and his staff has always been very helpful and kind to me

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr Ellison is highly trained, professionally competent, appropriately personable. He treats his patients with deep respect.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Dr Ellison was wonderful. Explained the tests, what he eas looking for and results. Would highly recommend him!

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr Ellison is the best there is

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Dr. Ellison is excellent. I am a long-time patient of his and have referred others to him. He is professional, courteous, and knows my eye conditions. I hope to be his patient for years to come.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Excellent service and staffDoctor was very engaged in my eye issue

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