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

401 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 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

49 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Doctor Ellerson was professional, efficient, and provided detailed explanations. He provided information for future care.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Always Most Friendly Welcome to their Offices by the Receptionist. The Entire Staff, are very pleasant, talk you through each procedure. Dr Ellison, is a Great Dr. he explains things, takes his time to listen to Clients. I have recommended him to others.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Dr did not offer treatment, he wants to see me again for another test in a couple of weeks, then we go from there.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Great Experience, both my Husband and I go to Dr Ellison, I also sent my Brother in Law there as well.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

have previously recommended Dr. Ellison

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019

Dr. Ellison treated me just as well as he had many years earlier. Excellent. Went out of my way to reconnect with him as my provider. Well worth it

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

I've gone to Dr. Ellison in the past and was transferred to Dr. Burkett, years ago when the practice expanded. I was very happy with Dr. Ellison at the time, and am VERY happy to be able to be back under his care. He is outstanding in every way!

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

the wait in the exam room was long and it was kind of chilly in there. Dr. Ellison was extremely thorough with the exam and showed very much concern

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Like my doctor....

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

always a good and pleasant experience with dr. Ellison and his staff

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

I'm very satisfied with Dr. Ellison and looking forward to my surgery.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

the main reason I come to this clinic is because of Doctor Ellison.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

This was my first experience with this doctor and I was impressed and very pleased with his knowledge of medications that can cause vision changes. He took the time to explain my concerns and checked for the problems I mentioned and eased any anxiety.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019

Dr. Ellison was very helpful and very professional. The young lady who did the preliminary examination was very friendly and competent. Very pleasant appointment.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019

Excellent doctor! Very courteous staff. Really like the relocated office in Green.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

liked the doctor's expertise in vision

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

I don't know where I would be had it not been for Dr. Ellison and the entire White Pond staff! Saved my life and vision.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

I already have recommended Dr. Ellison to so many and they have made appts.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

Dr. Ellison is a knowledgable provider who I trust. He sees my wife as well as myself.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

the staff and dr. ellison were informative, polite and helpful

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019

I am completely satisfied with my provider

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018

I have always had positive experiences with this doctor and the office staff.

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!

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