Treatment & Services
- Aorta Center
- Pediatric Ophthalmology
- Strabismus Surgery
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Batten Disease
- Birth Defects
- 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
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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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As of 10/3/2020, Dr. Traboulsi has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.
Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Traboulsi receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:
- Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
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123 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.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.8|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.8|
15 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021
Dr. Traboulsi is by far one of the very best! Takes his time, explains clearly, always shows compassion and most importantly to me - my kids love him and look forward to their appointments!
Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021
I Fly about one a year from Florida because of the great doctors.
Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020
Dr. T is always patient and explains everything.
Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020
The Doctor was very kind and approachable. I felt he he made decisions in my best interest, and also took the time to explains things. Seemed very empathetic toward my disease, which is something I don't feel often from the eye docs I've seen
Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020
Dr. Traboulsi is excellent with my kids
Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020
Our daughter loves Dr. Triboulsi! He's so kind, thorough and takes his time explaining things and simply down to earth.
Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020
We love Dr. Traboulsi.
Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020
Dr. Traboulsi is an outstanding physician in every way - worth driving 80+ miles in the dark and pouring rain for him to take care of my eyes.
Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020
DR Traboulsi did a very good job of explaining my eye condition. He was sympathetic about my vision difficulties, and offered some ideas that could potentially help my day to day function.
Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020
Dr Traboulsi and his staff are courteous and timely in every interaction I had with them.
Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020
this is one of the first experiences I've had with doctors and staff where I truly felt the care was about me and my problems and making my life easier.
Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020
Dr Traboulsi was thorough and kind. He was extremely patient in assessing our 16 month old who as expected was not a fan of having a dilated eye exam. He asked about her entire well being related to her newly diagnosed chronic illness and was very open with us that he would be looking in to the most up to date practice in regards to starting a new ophthalmic medication.
Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020
He is a very good doctor I like him as a doctor and I would recommend him to anybody that needs surgery on there eyes thank you Doctor Traboulsi.
Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020
Dr Traboulsi is always kind, knowledgeable, and professional. We trust him completely and appreciate all the care and expertise he has given to us. Our son has a rare genetic retinal disease and I would never want to see anyone but Dr Traboulsi.
Reviewed on May 26, 2020
Dr. Traboulsi is an amazing doctor. He listens, he answers questions, he explains everything and most of all, he cares. He spends an appropriate amount of time with his patients and always makes us feel comfortable.
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