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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages Arabic, English, French
Surgeon Yes
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.4363
Desk:
216.444.2030
Fax:
216.445.2226

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Center
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Strabismus Surgery
View all 3 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amblyopia
  • Batten Disease
  • Birth Defects
  • Cataracts
  • Cataracts in Children
  • Childhood Glaucoma
  • Congenital Cataracts
  • Congenital Glaucoma
  • Fast Facts: Conjunctivitis
  • Genetic Eye Diseases
  • Headaches, Children
  • Nasolacrimal duct obstruction (children)
  • Ocular Diseases Of Children
  • Pediatric Eye Disorders
  • Pediatric Myopia
  • Pediatric Ptosis
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Retinoblastoma
View all 19 Specialties +
Insurance

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Biography

About Elias Traboulsi, MD, M.Ed

Elias Traboulsi, MD, is Head of the Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Director of the Center for Genetic Eye Diseases at Cleveland Clinic's Cole Eye Institute. He is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic. He is also Director of the Department of Graduate Medical Education at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Traboulsi is the Executive Vie-President of the International Society for Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma and Editor-In-Chief of Ophthalmic Genetics. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

He is a frequent guest speaker at national and international meetings, and the author of more than 300 scientific articles and book chapters. His book on Genetic Diseases of the Eye, published by Oxford University Press in 1999, is one of the major references on this topic.

Dr. Traboulsi's clinical and research interests include the management and genetics of strabismus and congenital cataracts, and the nosology of ophthalmic and general medical genetic disorders and syndromes. He has a special interest in ocular developmental biology and ocular malformations, retinal dystrophies, childhood glaucoma and other common and rare ocular diseases of children.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1997

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Children's Hospital National Medical Center
Pediatric Ophthalmology
Washington, DC USA
1990

Residency - Georgetown University Hospital
Ophthalmology
Washington, DC USA
1989

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Ophthalmic Genetics
Baltimore, MD USA
1986

Residency - American University of Beirut Medical Center
Ophthalmology
Beirut, Lebanon
1985

Medical Education - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
1982

Internship - American University of Beirut Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Beirut, Lebanon
1982

Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
1977

Graduate School - Cleveland State Univeristy
Cleveland, OH USA

Professional Highlights

  • Editor-in-Chief, Ophthalmic Genetics
  • Executive Editor, American Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Author, Textbook of Genetic Diseases of the Eye, Oxford University Press
  • Director, Vision First, a privately funded program for vision screening and detection of amblyopia and other eye diseases of children in the Cleveland Public Schools. More than 20,000 children examined to date.
  • Past President, Current Executive Vice-President, International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma

Certifications

  • Medical Genetics and Genomics - Clinical Genetics
  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

childhood glaucoma, congenital cataracts, genetic eye diseases, ocular diseases of children, residency education, retinoblastoma, Strabismus

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Member, 1981
  • Fellowship Award, Children’s National Eye Care Foundation, 1989-1990
  • Marshall M. Parks Fellowship Award, Costenbader Society, 1989-1990
  • L. Harrell Pierce Wilmer Resident Teaching Award, 1995
  • First Camille Matta Visiting Professor and Lecturer, American University of Beirut Medical Center, 1995
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1995
  • Recognition Award for Outstanding Dedication and Leadership, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 1990-1997
  • Clinician Scientist Award, Cleveland Clinic Eye Institute, 1998
  • Faculty Recognition Award, Joint Commission for Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, 1998 
  • Robb-Petersen Lectureship in pediatric ophthalmology, Boston Children’s Hospital, “The Clinical and Molecular Genetic Aspects of Ocular Malformations,” 1999
  • John-Pratt Johnson Lectureship in pediatric ophthalmology, Canadian Orthoptic Society, “The Genetics of Strabismus,” 2000
  • Inaugural Martha Leffler Lincoln Lectureship in pediatric ophthalmology, The Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, “Lid Fissure Configuration and Astigmatism in Children,” 2001
  • Honor Award, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 2002
  • Physician-of-the-Year Award, Cleveland Clinic International Center, 2002
  • Honorary Member, “Società Italiana Oftalmologia Genetica” (SIOG) (Italian Society of Genetic Ophthalmology), 2004
  • Honorary Member, Columbian Pediatric Ophthalmology Group, 2004
  • Georgia Knights Templar Educational Trust Lecturer, Emory Eye Center, Emory University, 2004
  • Elected to the American Ophthalmological Society, 2004. Thesis: "Congenital Abnormalities of Cranial Nerve Development: Overview, Molecular Mechanisms and Further Evidence of Heterogeneity and Complexity of Syndromes with Congenital Limitation of Eye Movements”
  • Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2005
  • Ollendorff Lectureship, The Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University, New York, 2006
  • Johnson Lectureship, Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington, 2006
  • William B. Scott Lectureship, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa, 2007
  • 35th Victor G. Simpson Lectureship, Department of Ophthalmology, Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 2007
  • Teacher of the Year, Cole Eye Institute, 2007
  • Best Doctors in America, Several Years in a Row
  • Funding from the National Eye Institute, Research to Prevent Blindness, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and other organizations as well as private funding

Memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American Ophthalmological Society
  • International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Elias Traboulsi, MD, M.Ed.

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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 10/20/2021, Dr. Traboulsi 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

149 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Dr. Traboulsi is exceptional!

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Dr. Traboulsi performed a comprehensive eye exam on my daughter. He thoroughly answered all of our questions along the way and was very patient with my daughter during the exam. He provided his personal cell number in case we had any concerns or her situation worsened after the office closed. It meant a lot to us that he was willing to be available to us if we had needed him after hours.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

Dr Traboulsi was amazing. I may have not been the best patient parent that day but he handled it with such grace and concern for me also that I'm immensely grateful he's my childs doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2022

Resident very thoruogh.Excellent physician

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr Trabulsi is one of the kindest Dr I have ever had. I appreciated his care so much

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

I have been a patient of Dr.Traboulsi since I was 3 years old, I am now 22 years old, he's a excellent Dr and very helpful and always there when I have any questions or concerns, he's a real asset to the Cleveland clinic facility, I trust him completely with my care.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

We love *Dr. Traboulsi. He is always so good with our daughter.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Dr. Traboulsi is the best!

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2021

*Dr. Traboulsi is truly an answer to our prayers! We love him so much and feel so lucky to have him as our son's provider.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Dr. Traboulsi is excellent

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Great doctor!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Dr. Traboulsi was very kind and informative of my issues. He took his time explaining things to me. I didn't feel rushed.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr.Trabolis is amazing

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr Traboulsi himself is fine. We have been happy with him. But we will not continue in his care if this clinic situation does not improve. It is absolutely unacceptably slow.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

I have seen numerous doctors/specialists over the course of thirty odd years dealing with Usher Syndrome T2. Dr. Traboulsi ranks among the very best of the best among these. He asked appropriate questions and listened to the answers, listened to questions and provided appropriate, informative answers. He spent an adequate amount of time with me and always came across as easygoing and unhurried. At no point did I feel rushed and never felt like I was just another in a long line of patients for that day. I was quite pleased with my visit with Dr. Traboulsi and look forward to future annual visits. And, an added plus -- Dr. Traboulsi is a terrific watercolor artist!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

I appreciate Dr. Traboulsi and his staff, have been with him for 11 years. Dr. Traboulsi is very thorough.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

The dr even followed up with a phone call to assure that we were all in the same page with a treatment plan. Awesome service!

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

We truly appreciate Dr. Traboulsi and his team. We came from Nationwide where they weren't doing a thing about her vision and even though he didn't know if using eye drops would benefit her, he was willing to give it a chance. He truly seems to care about his patients and tries to think outside the box when it come to patient care.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

always a pleasure to be treated by Dr. Traboulsi and his staff!

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

My son has been seeing Dr. Traboulsi for seven years. we came to him in despair because my baby wouldn't wear his glasses. Turns out the doctor we saw prior had the wrong prescription. My son had vision loss and I was devasted. Years and one surgery later, Dr. Traboulsi saved us! My son's vision has much improved. there's no one like Dr. Traboulsi, we absolutely adore him and appreciate the wonderful care he provided.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Dr Traboulsi is always kind, empathetic, and knowledgeable. We appreciate the time and due diligence he always takes with us.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

I trust this doctor and he was amazing from the first time he saw me, waved to me from hallway to telling me he can help me with surgery.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Dr. Traboulsi has been amazing from day one. He has thoroughly explained my daughter's condition and has been a blessing to us. He is a genius and a one of a kind caring doctor.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

I always have a very good experience with Dr. Traboulsi and the staff!

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

We were very pleased to have Dr. Traboulsi. He suggested a possible treatment we were not informed of at the U of M. I only wish Cleveland was closer.

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