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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cataract Evaluations
  • Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking
  • LASIK (Laser in situ Keratomileusis)
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) Eye Surgery
  • Refractive Cataract Surgery
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Refractive Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Keratoconus
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About James Randleman, MD

J. Bradley Randleman, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland Ohio.  He was previously Professor of Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Director of the Cornea & Refractive Surgery Service at the USC Roski Eye Institute in Los Angeles, California and the Hughes Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory University and Director of the Cornea Section at the Emory Eye Center. A widely respected cornea specialist, his areas of expertise include: corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures including LASIK and premium laser-assisted cataract and IOL surgery, complicated cataract surgery, and the management of corneal ectatic disorders.  His primary research focuses on identification and management of corneal ectatic diseases including keratoconus and postoperative ectasia after LASIK, and the avoidance, diagnosis, and management of refractive surgical complications.  He was awarded multiple grants, including an R01 from the NIH to evaluate corneal biomechanical analysis using Brillouin Microscopy.

Dr. Randleman received his BA degree from Columbia College at Columbia University in New York City, his M.D. degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in his junior year, followed by his Ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Randleman joined the Emory faculty and served as Assistant Residency Director for two years while also completing a fellowship in Cornea/External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at Emory University.  He served as Director of the Emory Corneal Fellowship program until taking over as Director of the Cornea Service in 2010 and was named the Hughes Professor of Ophthalmology in 2016.

Dr. Randleman has been awarded the Claus Dohlman Fellow Award, the inaugural Binkhorst Young Ophthalmologist Award from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Kritzinger Memorial Award, Founder’s Award, and the Inaugural Recognition Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and the Secretariat Award, Achievement Award, and Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Randleman has served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Refractive Surgery since 2011.  He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications in leading ophthalmology journals in addition to 40 book chapters on refractive surgery evaluation, corneal cross-linking, and management of complications with IOLs, and has authored four textbooks, Collagen Cross-Linking and Corneal Cross-Linking 2nd Edition, which he co-edited on Farhad Hafezi, MD, PhD, Refractive Surgery: An Interactive Case-Based Approach, and Intraocular Lens Surgery: Selection, Complications, and Complex Cases

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Emory Eye Clinic
Cornea External Disease and Refractive Surgery
Atlanta, GA USA

Residency - Emory Eye Clinic
Atlanta, GA USA

Internship - Atlanta Medical Center
Transitional Year Internship
Atlanta, GA USA

Medical Education - Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Lubbock, TX USA

Graduate School - Sam Houston State University
Graduate Studies in Biology
Huntsville, TX USA

Undergraduate - Columbia University
New York, NY USA

Awards & Honors

  • 1997 Junior Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Texas Tech SOM

    1998 Merck Pharmaceuticals Quest for Excellence Award, Texas Tech SOM

    2001 Outstanding Teaching Resident Award, Emory University

    2004 Claes Dohlman Fellow Society (Outstanding Corneal Fellow in Nation)

    2007 Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

    2008 Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

    2010 Premier Surgeon P250 – inaugural member as leading innovator in premium IOL implant surgery

    2010 Binkhorst Young Ophthalmologist Award, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

    2011-present  America’s Top Doctors (Ophthalmology), Castle Connolly, Ltd.

    2011 Leading Ophthalmologists in America, named by Becker’s ASC Review

    2011 Kritzinger Memorial Award, International Society of Refractive Surgery

    2014 Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

    2015 Recognition Award (Inaugural Award), International Society of Refractive Surgery

    2016 Premier Surgeon 300 – leading innovator in premium refractive surgery, Ocular Surgery News

    2016 Jose Ignacio Barraquer Award. Brazilian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

    2016 Atlanta’s Best Doctors, Atlanta Magazine

    2016 Founder’s Award, International Society of Refractive Surgery

    2017-2018 Top Doctors, Pasadena Magazine

    2018 The Power List, The Ophthalmologist (Top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology)

    2018 Award of Excellence in Resident Education, USC Roski Eye Institute

    2018 Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

    2019 President’s Award, International Society of Refractive Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/11/2021, Dr. Randleman 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

154 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

15 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Saw Dr. Marcellus

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Saw Dr. Marcellus but he was in consultation with Dr. Randelman

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Dr. Randleman was more enthusiastic about selling another surgery and didn't care to problem solve my vision problem. He twice mentioned a tear pump surgery snd I never complained about dry eye syndrome. He's arrogant and disconnected from his patients.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

All of my care has been great. I was scared to have my cataracts removed and Dr. Randleman Is fabulous along with his staff.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

I never saw Dr Randleman and was told I would see the doctor not someone else. Very poor form.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Unless urged otherwise by me, Dr. Randleman didn't provide any information about side effects, risks or benefits. He prescribed a pain reliever that I was highly allergic to and cause intense pain to me. He would have known I was allergic if he had consulted me or my medical records.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

The Doctor and his staff were very thorough

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Dr Randalman and his staff have been very helpful through this very difficult time. Dr. Roth... Not so much

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

fellow was good, never met with doctor

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

I was very pleased with Dr. Randleman's involvement and concern. His team was also great. I really appreciated their smarts and time and investment. I have *a new hope* for my situation, and though it is May 4th, I am not making a Star Wars joke--I mean it. I have a new optimism that there is a solution to my vision problems.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

excellent doctors!

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

The staff and doctors are very nice and help as much as they can and will go out of their way to assist you.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

I have worked in healthcare for over 50 years. the experience at CCF, with Dr Randleman and his team was one of the best experiences I've ever had! terrific

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Dr. Randelman was top notch from the start. He explained things so I understood, and helped me with options. He was easy to talk to and I was very comfortable and confident in him as my surgeon for cataract surgery.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

The care provider came out in the waiting area to inform me and coordinate my visit with the persons I traveled to The Cleveland Clinic together with.

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