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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 Education - 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 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

726 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 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

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 31, 2023

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

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 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 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

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

While waiting for my procedure, I was updated multiple times about when my procedure would be done. Staff were very nice and informative. Dr. Ellison is top notch!

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Way too many appts, some could be combined!!!!! Loved Dr Ellison, took his time and great manner of explaining everything.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

I would definitely recommend Dr. Ellison & staff to my family & friends.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Had questions about further treatment for r eye twitching again and he referred me to another Dr who was able to do that procedure for which I made an appointment.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr. Ellison went over and above with testing to make sure the pain in my temples and forehead did not relate to my eyes. He was very prompt in getting back to me after I had test done. Excellent provider

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

I was extremely pleased with Dr. Ellison's willingness to discuss current treatment options.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

I have already recommended Dr Ellison to others.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

Dr. Ellison is the best!

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Dr Ellison is an excellent physician. The office runs on time and they are extremely efficient.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Dr. Ellison is wonderful.

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

Good experience. I called to leave a message for Dr. Ellison. Within 30 minutes I received a call back with an answer to my question. I appreciated the prompt response to my request.

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

I've only recently begun seeing Dr. Ellison--was a patient of Dr. Cannatti. Dr. Ellison has a similar style. He too answers questions before you ask--that takes experience and skill.

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Dr. Ellison is among the best and along with Kathleen deserve praise and a raise.

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

Dr. Ellison is always knowledgeable and thorough

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Compared to my previous provider, Dr. Ellison and staff were caring, honest and very thorough with the exams and answering my many questions.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Dr Ellison is always kind, professional, and willing to answer any questions.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

She was very thorough.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr Ellison is the best eye dr I have encountered in my 60 yrs of life. That's why I continue to come to him with any eye issue as well as glasses prescription. Thanks Dr Ellison!

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Dr Ellison is excrete to. He explained everything so I understood. He has a very good bedside manner

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr Ellison really takes the time to listen and clearly explains the issues you have. He truly cares about giving you the best options and care.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

I love this Dr he is very personable friendly and checks everything out I don't want to go to anyone else I really like this Dr he even explains everything to me when I don't understand something and that means alot to me

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

My doctor/patient relationship with Dr. Ellison is good. I feel he gives me his best.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

Dr. Ellison is wonderful!

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr Ellison is great!

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

Dr. Ellison is professional, courteous, efficient and compassionate. I had no doubt or concern about being in the care of Dr Ellison and the team in charge of my care.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

Dr Ellison communicates well and is receptive to questions. He showed patience and concern for the patient

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

This was my first appointment with Dr. Ellison since Dr Cannatti retired. Was very pleased and comfortable.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Dr Ellison is one of your outstanding providers.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Dr. Ellison is always personable, professional, and knowledgeable. He goes the extra mile when it comes to the patient in treatment and information. He has treated me for many years and has treated me on an emergency basis twice. He is excellent and one of my favorite doctors.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

I would definitely recommend this practice to others and have recently referred my husband and friends to this doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

We were concerned when Dr. Cannatti retired, but Dr. Ellison met our expectations and exceeded them. We will continue in his care.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Dr Ellison was very professional and personable

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

GREAT doctor, Always has been

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Complete trust in this doctor

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

Dr Ellison is a very knowledgeable and professional ophthalmologist amd does s a thorough exam

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Excellent staff and physician

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

My wife and have glocouma and dr Ellison has been treating us for many years he is the best

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

I have absolutely no complaints or issues with Dr Ellison as he explains exactly what is occurring and what is to be done. I find him to be courteous, friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. I could not feel better about being in good hands.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023


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