Elias Traboulsi, MD, M.Ed
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Medical Subspecialty Pediatrics
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Cleveland, OH 44195
Treatment & Services
- Aorta Center
- Gene Therapy, Eye
- Pediatric Ophthalmology
- Strabismus Surgery
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Batten Disease
- Birth Defects
- Cataracts in Children
- Childhood Glaucoma
- Congenital Cataracts
- Congenital Glaucoma
- Eye Malformations
- Fast Facts: Conjunctivitis
- Genetic Eye Diseases
- Headaches, Children
- Marfan syndrome, Eye
- Nasolacrimal duct obstruction (children)
- Neurofibromatosis, Eye
- Ocular Diseases Of Children
- Pediatric Eye Disorders
- Pediatric Myopia
- Pediatric Ptosis
- Retinal Disorders
- Retinal dystrophies
- Retinitis pigmentosa
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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 & Fellowships
Fellowship - Children's Hospital National Medical Center
Washington, DC USA
Residency - Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC USA
Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD USA
Residency - American University of Beirut Medical Center
Medical Education - American University of Beirut
Internship - American University of Beirut Medical Center
Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Graduate School - Cleveland State Univeristy
Cleveland, OH USA
- 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
- Medical Genetics and Genomics - Clinical Genetics
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
- 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
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Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023
Tiffany and Dr. T were fantastic!!!!
Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023
Dr.Traboulsi was fantastic. He explained everything really well and was very reassuring
Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023
Dr. Trabulski was extremely thorough and collaborative in treating me. I was particularly impressed with how very deliberate he was in identifying the best treatment option. Moreover, I always enjoyed my conversations with him. He is extremely personable, an attentive listener, and inspires confidence.
Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022
Never let the doctor go , he's the BEST
Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022
We feel very lucky to have Dr. Traboulsi as our son's provider
Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022
My daughter is disable and all crew alwasy nice and understand her needs ...
Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022
Dr. Traboulsi is the absolute best!! Although there is no treatment for my diagnosis, he is always very helpful with his knowledge of resources. He doesn't just care about my vision- he cares about me and my family! He's a wonderful person and doctor!!
Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022
I am feeling very well and comfortable with this provider .
Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022
Dr. Traboulssi is the BEST
Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022
Friendly Doctor and Respectable
Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022
I wish more doctors were like Dr Traboulsi (not sure if spelled correctly) he really listens and isn't on the computer typing as you talk and he makes eye contact
Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022
*Dr. Traboulsi is patient, kind & always does what's in the best interest of my daughter.
Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022
Dr Traboulsi was fantastic.
Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022
I would recommend the Dr to ANYONE who has any issues !
Reviewed on May 24, 2022
Doctor was extremely thorough in his evaluation.
Reviewed on May 4, 2022
In addition to being a good surgeon, Dr Traboulsi is kind and patient. I can see again, so no complaints.
Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022
I had a good experience. My Dr was very caring and explained things in terms that I could understand.
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.