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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

See publications for Richard Ellison, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 8/23/2022, 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.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

529 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

75 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Doc E is great been seeing him for many years

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Good experience. I like Dr. Ellison very much. A very professional doctor and answered all of my questions with care.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr. Ellison is a top notch eye doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2022

I have recommended Dr. Ellison to a number of my friends because of the care he and Sharon have always provided.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

I have been seeing Dr Ellison for years and wouldn't trade him for the world! Love him. Recommend him to everyone!

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

Dr Ellison us definitely on my top five people of respect, knowledge, compassion, bedside manner and friendliness. I continue to see him for these reasons would not go anywhere else. He has helped my family and I for decades

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Dr. Ellison is an excellent listener and responds very well to all questions.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

Very satisfied with dr. And surgery

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

Dr. Ellison was exceptional!

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

Dr Ellison is #1

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

I have no issues whatsoever with Dr Ellison. The wait time and the lack of social skills from the staff was inexcusable. Not even a " How are you today Mrs Wagner". Where's your training if the staff ???!!!

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Dr Ellison and his staff were efficient, caring and saw me on very short notice for an issue

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Dr Ellison was efficient, answered all my questions and has an excelllent "bedside manner"! Would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2022

Dr Ellison is very thorough and I trust him

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Dr Ellison was very approachable and thorough, and explained things to me well.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

I came into urgent care due to an injury to my eye. Dr. Ellison was concerned enough to squeeze me in over his lunch and see me. You have a great provider in him, you don't find that very often anymore. Very impressed and appreciative with the practice.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

After having nearly 20 years of care, Dr Ellison continues to be insightful, caring, and efficiently professional.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

Yes, I would recommend Dr. Ellison and his team.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Dr Elleson is very caring and really works hard to help you thru cataract surgery! I had some Iissues with my surgery and he was readily available to help me! He will do my next surgery soon and I'm confident In him to do a great job

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Both Dr Ellison and his associate, Matinee were excellent!

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Dr. Ellison is excellent. I have been seeing him for many years.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Again, you can't get better based on your or any other rating scale!

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Wonderful team very very satisfied with everything including the doctor

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Dr. Ellison. is great

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

He is a wonderful doctor. Been seeing him for many years.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Dr Ellison is an outstanding doctor, he is thorough, and professional and explains the future possibilities..

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Dr. Ellison is a very kind and thorough doctor. He explains everything in a manor that is very thorough and listens to concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

Dr. Ellison is always totally professional and an excellent care provider.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Dr. Ellison was very thorough in his exam and in explaining the test results. He really listened to my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

Have had Dr Ellison for decades and am very pleased with the care he has given me! Will be sad if he retires in the future

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

I have glocuoma and have seen Dr.Ellison for probably 20 + years twice a year. He is the best and most thourough

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Dr. Ellison is a knowledgeable doctor and I have recommended him to many people.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Dr Ellison is an excellent doctor, I have been his patient for years. It is because of his good care that I continue at this practice. He listens, answers questions, and is so patient especially as he has so many entries to do into the computer system. I have recommended others to him for their eye care.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Good Doctor

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Dr Ellison is an outstanding and caring physician

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

Dr. Ellison is an exceptional doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

Always a very pleasant yearly visit Dr and staff are excellent.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

Doctor was very thorough and answered all of my concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

Now I know why Dr Ellison is considered one of the best

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

*Dr. Ellison is a good listener & always very professional & kind.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2022

Dr. Ellison is easy to talk to and open to questions.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Hi HAVE recommended Dr. Ellison too many friends. He is so good, so professional and instills confidence during every appointment.

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Dr. Ellison is the best Dr.

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

Absolutely the best organized, cleanest, and most professional Physician's office I have ever been a patient at.

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Dr. Ellison is very thorough and a professional.

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Dr. Ellison takes time to explain everything he does and answers all of my questions. He is fantastic!

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Great doctor!

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

I'll be returning to Dr Ellison for all my eye care.

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

I have been a long time patient with Dr. Ellison and I stay with him because of the excellent care he provides. I have also referred several friends to him and they are equally pleased with his care. He listens and he answers my questions.

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Known doc ellison since w. Market. Great doc great people person.

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Dr Ellison was easy to talk to and showed a true interest in my care. I was very impressed!

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Dr. Ellison anticipated my questions and concerns, and provided answers without even being asked.

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

The provider that I had was very kind, understanding and explained everything.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dr Ellison had obviously read the record and knew who my husband was and seemed really up on our care. I appreciate his candidness upon questioning and consider him to be an outstanding doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Excellent experience as always with Dr Ellison.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

Love! Dr Ellison

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2022

Dr. Ellison was very attentive and he is an excellent doctor!!!

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022

Doctor was very thorough. I regret not asking more questions. Paperwork handed to me regarding risks and benefits

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022

I have recommended this doctor to a friend looking for an ophthalmologist

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

Dr. Ellison called me personally to discuss my follow-up appointments with retina and cataract specialists. He was making sure that my appointments were being done In the right order and that I was aware of his concerns. He also requested that I let him be Informed of the results. Very Impressive care by a physician.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

Dr. Ellison is a very kind and attentive. The only reason I would have doubts of recommending anyone is the time it takes to be seen.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2022

Dr Ellison did a great job !!!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

Dr Ellison is fantastic and is the absolute BEST !!!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

I will say it again Doctor Ellison is the absolute best there is and I never want to go to anyone else but him, he has my trust and respect.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

Dr. Ellison is an extraordinarily professional, thorough and compassionate ophthalmologist. He's an excellent medical professional. He's the best doctor that I have encountered at Cleveland Clinic in 20 years.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

Dr Ellison was excellent

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022

Dr. Ellison is an excellent care provider! I have been his patient for almost 30 years!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Dr. Ellison is the absolute best.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

I have always found the staff and doctors very prompt and efficient.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Dr. Ellison and staff are very courteous.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

I was very impressed by dr Ellison. He was easy to talk to and welconn my Ed my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

I always recommend Dr. Ellison. I just recommended him this past Friday!!

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Dr Ellison is an outstanding ophthalmologist.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Dr. Ellison has been a great help to me. He always takes time to answer questions and provides a complete review of my issues in an effort to provide the best care possible. I also wanted to mention what a great asset Megan is to this organization. She has been extremely helpful each and every time we have spoken. Thanks to both of you!!!!Bob Burks

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

I like my doctor and we talk about my care

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