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

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

  • 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

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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 10/2/2017, 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.

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

139 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

The doctor was extremely clear about what our next stop should be in my child's care.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2018

Dr. Elias Traubousli is a EXCELLENT DOCTOR. We love the fact that he takes his & the staff take their time w/ each patients to gather all info & listen & explain. We r not just a # w/ him , it shows his passion for his patients & his career. We need more Doctors like him. TY

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Dr. Troubolsi is a great doctor. However, the wait in his office is always very, very long. We have been there over 4 hours in the past and the last visit was 3 hours. We respect that he is a specialist and that is why we see him, but the wait seems a little excessive.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

My child sustained an eye injury and has had close follow up with Dr. Traboulsi and his fellow. They have been very accommodating to work us into his schedule at convenient times for us. They have taken time to thoroughly explain all of the recommendations and restrictions. All of the nurses / technicians have been very supportive and helpful. We appreciate their excellent care.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2018

the wait time is crazy was there for 3 hours and only saw dr for 10 minutes staff for maybe 20. 3 hours for a 30 min apt even with eye dilation is crazy.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2018

almost three hours and dr rushed us during appointment.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

Way too long of a wait to see physician. We were at the clinic 3 hours and spent 10 minutes with tech and 10 minutes with MD. But I love Dr. Traboulsi and think he is excellent

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018

Provider made sure I was well informed, spent plenty of time with me, and was a pleasure to have the privlidge of consulting with. I would certainly recommend him to other patients.

Reviewed on May 9, 2018

Dr.Troboulsi was calming and caring and he made me feel like I was dealing with the best physician ever. His staff is top notch as well.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018

I live in Napes, FL and will continue to see this Provider, as I believe him to be the best Provider for my condition (RP) available. I went to Bascom Palmer in Napes and was not impressed, so I will return to see Dr. Traboulsi for the foreseeable future.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018

Dr. Traboulsi is a compassionate provider, trustworthy and credible. My son looks forward to his visits and I do, too!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2018

Dr. Traboulsi is fine consumate professional. kind, knowledgeable and respect ful.

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