Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cole Eye Institute, Akron
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Primary Location

Cole Eye Institute, 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 USA

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

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


  • Ophthalmology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/10/2018, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

478 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2018

I have always had good care with Dr. Ellison and do not ever think of going to someone else.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

Dr. Ellison is a professional and very thorough with his eye examinations and surgery.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

A pleasure to be a patient of Dr. Ellisons. He's always kind and considerate.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

dr. was in hurry, not concerned with my medical condition.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

I love my doctor, he has been my doctor for over 25 years. He is very professional and personable. We need more like him.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

excellent eye doctor and staff, very helpfull, prompt, patient and courteous. good price for glasses also, and they work great

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2018

Wait time to see the physician is very lengthy.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2018

I have been going to Dr Ellison for many years and I have always been very happy with Dr. Ellison, the staff and the location of the office. I have always have excellent care

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2018

extended wait time for doctor once in initial exam room

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2018

Dr. Ellison and his team are great. I always feel comfortable and never rushed.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2018

The doctor was running late. So that made for a longer wait time. But I would rather the doctor take time with anyone who needs him. I will patiently wait my turn.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2018

Dr Ellison is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2018

I really appreciated being able to see Dr. Ellison the day that I called as my eyes were really bothering me and urgent care did advise or tell me that I should see an eye doctor as soon as possible. I also especially appreciated this as my previous eye doctor had retired. I am very grateful that Dr. Ellison is my ophthalmologist now!

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

Dr. Ellison answered all of my questions & was very helpful with alleviating my concerns about my eye problem.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

good excellent eye doctor who cares

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

had cataract surgery both eyes 2 weeks apart. chose Dr Ellison and couldn't have better choice. even traveling 400 miles round trip was worth the 5 trips that we had to make. excellent care

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

very good experience. a smooth operation. very good job by the prep team. The doctor did great.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2018

provider thoroughly reviewed current medication

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

I came to the Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion, Sharon was the name of the lady that gave me my eye exam I think. This was the most through exam I have ever received and it was double checked by Dr. Ellison. The reason I wanted a second opinion was because my last eye exam took three tries to finally get the correct lenses.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

I've had a doctor/patient relationship with Dr. Ellison for over 25 years and couldn't be more satisfied.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2018

This was my first visit with this Dr. .I was a patient of Dr. Burkett for over a year until he retired . He recommended Dr. Ellison .

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

From arrival to departure was around 1 and 3/4 hours. Saw the Dr. about 5 minutes.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

I had an appointment on a Monday that had to be cancelled because the provider was unavailable unexpectedly that day. I was able to reschedule for that week, which was nice.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

I arrived at 10 for my 10:15 appointment. I was taken back to the first exam room at 10:20, and was in that room for about 30 minutes. I then spent over an HOUR waiting to see the physician, and that was less than 10 minutes for his exam. I did not leave until 12:30pm. It was a ridiculous wait, and the three patient in the waiting area were all waiting to see the same physician. We were not told how long it would be, and there did not seem to be anyone to take responsibility for the long wait. I used to see Dr. Ellison at another clinic before the Cleveland Clinic took over and I am disappointed he now is part of CCF, since he is a good physician. I am going to go to a different clinic for my checkup next year.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

did the preparatory exam was exceptional. The doctor provided the information I needed to make an informed decision.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018

doctor professional and very thorough.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018

I experienced unusual discomfort after the exam was done and the numbing drops had worn off. I waited a few hours and then placed a call to speak to someone. My question was answered by the doctor in a timely manner and suggestions were made to make the discomfort so intense and the reason for the discomfort was explained and suggestions that if this had not improved by the next day that I should call the office and be checked again. The pain had subsided by the next day and no further problems were evident. It was a comforting experience. Thank you Dr. Ellison!

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2018

Dr. Ellison was perceptive of my needs.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2018

I love the doctor, but it does take a long time before you actually see him - see other professionals before seeing the doctor. But wouldn't change due to the fact that he is knowledgeable, congenial, and I have total faith in his abilities.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2018

I and my wife have been going to dr. Ellison for our eyes with glocoma problems and feel he is the best

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

Dr. Ellison is professional in every way and very kind as well.

Reviewed on May 25, 2018

Dr Ellison impressed me with his knowledge. He knows how to care for me with all my health problems. He always takes time to listen which makes me feel like he cares.

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

long wait between initial exam and seeing the doctor

Reviewed on May 4, 2018

Dr. Ellison is a great doctor and always treats me with curtesy and respect.

Reviewed on May 2, 2018

I waited for more than 45 minutes before meeting with the doctor.

Reviewed on May 2, 2018

wait time to see Dr.Ellison after prelimary exam was longer than usual.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2018

Dr Ellison has an exceptional staff, more welcoming and friendly than most offices I have experienced

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2018

Dr. Ellison is an excellent, patient-oriented ophthalmologist. I will go back to him for annual exams.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2018

When my appointment was over, I told Dr. Ellison that when I wanted a new doctor, I called and was assigned to him. I am so pleased that he is my doctor. He is patient, interested ( we went to get a model of something he will use with my next surgery. What he tells me is easy to understand. I think he is very professional.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2018

Everyone was very helpful. Dr.Ellison spent lots of time finding eye drops that actually worked.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2018

Dr Ellison is fantastic

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2018

Everyone was courteous and went out of their way to make this a positive experience.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2017

Dr. Ellison is excellent. He has kept my glaucoma under control for over 25 years.

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