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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 9/27/2020, 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

698 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

105 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Dr. Richard Ellison and his entire team are excellent medical providers.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

I'll continue to highly recommend Dr. Richard Ellison

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

excellent doctor and staff

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Dr. Ellison is the BEST, I highly recommend him to anyone considering cataract or any other eye surgery!

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

I will certainly recommend this provider! My former doctor retired and I doubted that I would find a replacement as competent and sincere as he was. I was very happy to find Dr. Ellison.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Dr Ellison always takes time to explain Excellent physician

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Everything went well, very professional, thorough and efficient. Dr. E. and staff were cordial, helpful and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Excellent. Appointments were always timely. Dr. Ellison is a wonderful health care provider. Eye sight is so important and I am already experiencing a positive outcome.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Dr Ellison is the best-est.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

dr Ellison is such a nice man!!

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Dr Ellison is a wonderful doctor. and person

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Dr. Ellison has been my opthalmologist for many years. He is the BEST!

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

My experience was very good. I have no complaints and trust my physician

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

The Doctor was very personable!

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Experience was very good. Staff pleasant and friendly. Short wait period. pleased with Dr. Ellison and the staff at the Green office. Covid policies and masks being followed.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Dr. Ellison explained my problem so that I understood. Answered any questions I had. He explained how we can fix it.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

*Dr. Ellison is very sweet and very kind and compassionate. He explained everything going on with my eye so I understood it all and he explained the surgery I have to have on my right eye; so I understood what would happen when it comes on surgery day. He made me feel more comfortable with having my cataract removed.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

I always have a good experience when I go see *Dr. Ellison. His staff is caring and friendly. I would recommend my friends and family and others to go see *Dr. Ellison for the eye exams and other eye needs. It is the most friendly and compassionate place to get your eyes cared for at.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Dr. Ellison' care is always excellent.The tech person, James, was very knowledgeable, caring, and good also.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Dr. Ellison is excellent physician; and very caring and thorough. I Have already recommended him to others.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Great Doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

outstanding service by both the physician assistant and the doctor. I highly recommend.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

I would recommend Dr. Ellison and the staff but not Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Dr Ellison was very concerned about my equilibrium problem He was very kind to tell me medically all that could be involved in my problem. I trust Dr. Ellison's recommendations for my problem

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2021

Dr. E. did a thorough exam and listened to my concerns. it was a turning point in my final diagnosis of cluster headaches.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

Dr. Ellison appears to be honest and trustworthy.I am fortunate to have him.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

I will be back. Dr Ellison and staff are top notch.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

Dr. Ellison is a very nice, patient, and understanding he explains what is going on with my eyes very well

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

Dr. Ellison gets my highest marks. Not only is he highly skilled he has a fun and engaging personality.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

Dr explained my condition and what steps to correct my condition. Also expressed other options if condition persisted.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

Dr Ellison has been my eye doctor for many years. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

very efficient office .the lady who took me back to the room was excellentdr.ellison always answers all my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

Dr. Ellison is great! my daughter and I enjoyed the visit very much. He was very kind and informative. we will definitely be back for more excellent service.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

excellent doctor

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

the doctor was very caring and kind

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Dr. Ellison always communicates with me clearly.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Dr. Ellison is wonderful. He always takes the time to clearly & patiently answer my questions.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

will always recommend and haveDr. Ellison

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Awesome Doctor

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

I'd recommend Dr.Ellison & his staff,to anyone who needed his services.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Wait time between preliminaries and actually seeing Dr. Ellison much improved. Total time in the office was 1:15 which is much better than in the past.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

The doctor has always been professional, positive and took time with me.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Dr Ellison has been my doctor for years he's taken really good care of me and my eyes is always on point with any diagnosis.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Dr Ellison is a great doctor very knowledgeable and always on point.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

No time for doctor to be a "buddy" and that is fine - that's not what visit is all about. Being polite and attentive is what's needed and this was done well.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Treated promptly with respect and courtesy. Technician was professional, thorough, an efficient. Doctor was courteous, thorough, an efficient. After exam he explained results an answered questions in an easy to understand way.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Dr Ellison and his assistant were very good at what they do and displayed a caring attitude

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr Ellison has been my ophthalmologist for over 25 years and I am very pleased with his care. He performed my cataract surgery in 2013 and I am seeing very well with nearly 20/20 vision. Prior the the surgery I was highly nearsighted and could not function without glasses. I'm could not have asked for a better outcome.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

Dr. Ellison addressed my concerns after surgery promptly. He shows true concern that we (Dr. Ellison & I) were on the same page. He made sure I fully understood the surgery and what to expect in the recovery process. He is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Dr Ellison is the best

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

Dr was very helpful and informative.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

I have never felt so taken care as I have in my 5 years of visiting Dr Ellison's and his office staff. amazing

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

I was in such a terrible state 5 years ago. it was through the expert care of Dr Ellison and his staff that I'm am close getting my life back!! I recommend them and the Cleveland Clinic always! it was not just Dr Ellison but my primary care Dr who pursued forward to get me health!!

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Dr. Ellison and his staff are wondferful! They are courteous and provide a very thorough exam and service. They explain everything along the way. I couldn't be happier with this doctor and his practice!

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

This is a great doctor with a fantastic staff!

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Dr. Ellison is very thorough.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Dr. Ellison was kind and professional.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

Dr Ellison has been my opthomoogist for several years. He knows what is going on and keeps me informed.

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

excellent doctor&staff

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

Dr. Ellison and the staff are always helpful and gracious. Ample time is taken and there is no sense of being rushed through an important process.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr Ellison's scheduling manager, Ms. Brown, is a major enhancement to any mefical practice.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Ellison generates respect.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Dr Ellison is simply the best. Also provided explanation of his take on the Covid vaccines. info was very timely and much appreciated

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

Dr Ellison is an outstanding, caring Doctor. He takes time to explain things. and to answer questions! He is very thorough

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

Dr Ellison has been an excellent eye Dr for many years. I like that he asked me if I had any questions & was seriously involved in my questions!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

great doctor. nice staff. very clean and covid compliant

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Quick service, good explanations from the doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Dr. Ellison is an excellent medical specialist provider.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Dr. Ellison is the best. Anyone in need of cataract and other specialized a medical care, he is the one to go to.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

The doctor is good. His staff was poor!

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Dr Ellison is a person of dignity and he respects his patients. he has a great sense of humor and ability to listen carefully. I would choose him over many.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

I love dr. Richard Ellison. I've been with him for years and I am totally satisfied with his professionalism and sense of humor

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

I do appreciate how well the Dr. explains things and is patient with any questions.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Dr. Ellison is wonderful.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Dr. Ellison is the best!!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

love Dr Ellison

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Dr. Ellison was great. he took the needed time to examine me and provide a great explanation of my situation. the schedulers were also great. thanks!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

All the staff I encountered on this visit were very professional and pleasant! Dr Ellison was also very professional and thorough!

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020


Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Great team and Doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

I highly recommend Dr Ellison.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Dr. Ellison and his team were totally professional and helpful. I would absolutely tell my friends and family to see him.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

I was well pleased with my service. Although Dr. Ellison was in the mist of a emerency he saw me and was very thorough.They had squeeded me in for a late appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

The care provider was very good, kind and helpful.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Dr Ellison is an exceptional doctor Very concerned about your problems

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

I think the care I was provided was excellent. I was explained things and I was listened to. I would definitely refer this physician.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

I feel everyone worked together to give me good care and again would recommend this physician.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

excellent physician

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

I always have good experience with my Dr. which in this case is Dr. Ellison.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Dr Ellison is a doctor who still has a personal rapport with his patients which is very much appreciated In this age assembly line medicine.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

I appreciated that Dr. Ellison got me scheduled easily.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Dr. Ellison was professional, kind, and courteous throughout the examination and answered any of my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Dr. Ellison and his staff are exceptional. They are willing to help, answer questions, etc. with efficiency and kindness.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

This is my second cataract surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Ellison and his staff. They are excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr. Ellison is a personable, knowledgeable and very experienced professional. I am a former health care provider, still active in the broader health care arena, and he gained my confidence and respect immediately. I would recommend him and his office staff to anyone seeking excellent ophthalmologic care.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Dr. Ellison listened to my concerns and questions and did an excellent job in answering them.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Realizing how busy doctors are we were surprised to get an appointment as soon as we did.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

I have absolute confidence in Dr. Ellison.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

*Dr. Ellison, always caring & well informed. I've gone to him for at least 50 years. I'm 85.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

This was my first visit with this Dr. since mine retired and I was pleased with his care and he answered all of my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr. Ellison is exceptionally professional and very personable-what better combination is there!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

Dr Ellison is a highly skilled medical provider

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Dr. Ellison is and always has been outstanding. A true professional.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Dr Ellison is ( and has always been) a helpful. caring & personable doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Dr. Ellison is excellent, caring, compassionate and professional.

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