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

Treatment & Services

  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract Evaluations
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Clinical Drug Trials
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking
  • Corneal Surgery
  • Corneal Transplant
  • Corneal Transplantation (penetrating And Lamellar Keratoplasty And Dsaek)
  • Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)
  • Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)
  • Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK)
  • Femtosecond Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Eye Surgery
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • LASIK (Laser in situ Keratomileusis)
  • Lens Implant
  • Multifocal Intraocular Lenses
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Noninvasive Ocular Ultrasound
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) Eye Surgery
  • Refractive Cataract Surgery
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Refractive Surgery
View all 31 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anterior Ocular Disease
  • Cataract and Intraocular Lens Implantation in Cataract Surgery
  • Cataracts
  • Cataracts and Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea Ulcer
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Corneal Disease
  • Corneal Scar
  • Dry Eyes
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lens Dislocation
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Ocular Injuries
  • Refractive Errors
  • Refractive Surgery Complications
View all 16 Specialties +


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About William Dupps, MD, PhD

William J. Dupps Jr., MD, MS, PhD, a native of Catawba Island, Ohio, joined the staff of Cleveland Clinic in 2006 and has appointments in Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering and Transplantation. His academic appointments include Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in chemical Engineering from Purdue University, he completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University, where he also earned his medical degree with honors as a fellow in the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, a research fellowship in ocular gene therapy at the National Eye Institute, and a two-year Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship at the Cole Eye Institute. He specializes in refractive surgery, corneal transplantation, and cataract surgery.

With research support from sources such as the National Keratoconus Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and Research to Prevent Blindness, Dr. Dupps leads an interdisciplinary research team in the Ocular Biomechanics and Imaging Laboratory at the Cole Eye Institute focused on the biomechanics of keratoconus and methods for improving refractive surgery outcomes with patient-specific computational modeling. Dr. Dupps is listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and America’s Top Ophthalmologists. His contributions have been recognized by his peers through membership in the American Ophthalmological Society and honors such as the Kritzinger Award and a Senior Achievement Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  He was named Teacher of the Year by the residents of the Cole Eye Institute in 2010 and is the Director of Cole Eye Institute’s cornea and refractive surgery fellowship training program.

Dr. Dupps is Editor of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, a leading journal in the field of anterior segment eye surgery, and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is named on several patents and received the Cleveland Clinic’s first Early Career Innovation Award in 2008.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cornea & Refractive Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University of Iowa College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA USA

Internship - Indiana University School of Medicine
Transitional Medicine
Indianapolis, IN USA

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Biomedical Engineering
Columbus, OH USA

Graduate School - The Ohio State University
Biomedical Engineering
Columbus, OH USA

Undergraduate - Purdue University
Chemical Engineering
West Lafayette, IN USA

Professional Highlights

  • Editor, Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • Principle Site Investigator, NIH/NEI Multi-Center Genetic Study of Fuchs’ Dystrophy   
  • Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award
  • NIH K12/KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Programs Grant
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation Innovations Grants
  • Oral Examiner, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology: Practicing Ophthalmologist Curriculum (POC) Refractive Management/Intervention Panel & Committee for Research, Regulatory & External Scientific Relations


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

corneal transplantation & cataract, Refractive Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • S.J. Roessler Memorial Research Scholarship Award
  • Landacre Society Research Honorary
  • Latin American Studies Program Grant
  • American Medical Student Association International Health Travel Grant
  • Graduate Student Alumni Research Award, The Ohio State University
  • Presidential Fellowship, The Ohio State University Graduate School
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • The Nation’s Deans List
  • Eli Alcorn Prize in Ophthalmology, The Ohio State University
  • National Eye Institute Travel Grant, ARVO
  • The Fischbach Medical Scholarship, Delta Tau Delta Education Foundation
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
  • Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
  • America’s Top Ophthalmologists, Consumers’ Research Council of America
  • Academic Hall of Fame, Port Clinton High School, Port Clinton, Ohio
  • Early Career Innovation Award, Cleveland Clinic
  • Distinguished Alumni Lecture, University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors Inc.
  • Teacher of the Year, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • Cambridge Who’s Who Registry among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs
  • Cleveland’s Top Doctors, Cleveland Magazine
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Innovations & Patents

  • Roberts C, Dupps WJ, Katsube N. “Methods and instruments for refractive ophthalmic surgery.” US Patent 20030208190. Licensed by Bausch & Lomb Surgical. Published Nov. 3, 2003
  • Roberts C, Dupps WJ, Katsube N. “System for refractive ophthalmic surgery.” European Patent Office 05013025.1
  • Dupps WJ, Rollins AM, Ford M. Method for measuring biomechanical properties in an eye. Patent filed May 2006, issued May 3, 2011 as US 7935058 B2
  • Krueger RR, Dupps WJ, Trokel SL, Thornton IL. Method for altering optic nerve head and scleral stiffness. US Provisional Patent Application No. 60/921,317, filed on April 2, 2007
  • Dupps WJ, Sinha Roy A. Computational model of the eye. US Provisional Patent Application 61047179 filed April 23, 2008


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Cornea Section
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • Cleveland Ophthalmological Society
  • Society for Clinical and Translational Science
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for William Dupps, MD, PhD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 9/18/2021, Dr. Dupps 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.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Dupps receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • OptoQuest, Inc.

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Dupps may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • OptoQuest, 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

170 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

37 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Dr. Dupps is awesome.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

The appointment took 2 1/2 hours. It was a lot of waiting before seeing the doctor snd 20 minute wait while the eyes were dialating The appointment when I saw the doctor was good

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Very satisfied with the care and professionalism of Dr.Dupps and his staff and looking forward to our next meeting

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

I like Dr.Dupps, I felt comfortable and at ease with him.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

I always have a wonderful experience with Dr. Dupps.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Dr. Dupps is very caring and great Dr.Had a very thural apt. Was very pleased.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Dupps is a very kind and caring physician. He thoroughly explains all conditions and options.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Dr Dupps & his staff are amazing

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

My daughter has lost her vision and dr dupps is superior and has done wonders. And you have higher standard Drs to work for the Cleveland Clinic. You areThe best.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

DR. Dupps is great, he explains every option to me in terms I could understand.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Dr.Dubbs and the nurse who got me started were excellent!!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

very good experience, Dr. Dupp and his assistant were very kind and well informative with the various options in regards to corrective surgery.

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

dr. dups very caring

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

in my visits with Dr Dupps and his team I always feel very well taken care of and I am always impressed with the professionalism

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

Dr Dupps is the best in my book

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

Dr. Dupps explained the care process and the care plan clearly. I felt his total care and focus on my individual situation. I am most appreciative for having him as my physician for this health care matter.

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Dr. Dupps and his staff excellent!!!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Very good experience as always. Professional and caring personnel in all treatments and procedures. .Explanations of testing and follow through is excellent. Dr. Dupps and staff are very kind in all aspects of my visits to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Dr. Dupps was great. He explained the options and the different lenses that are available.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Dr Dupps even brought in a second Dr to address my problem.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

very good! Dr Dupps always takes the time to address your concerns! I trust him completely!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Dr Dupps is absolutely wonderful! He is everything a doctor should be....from his medical expertise to his bedside manner! He always makes sure all my concerns/questions are addressed! He needs to be cloned!!!!!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Dr Dupps has helped me and my family greatly we travel one and a half hrs to see him.His staff also knows how to treat Patients they all seem to know what they are doing .

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

I came to this appointment with some anxiety about the cataract surgery itself as well as to how to make the decision for the correct implant. Dr. Dupps immediately put me at ease By explaining how he would make me comfortable during the procedure. He further took the time to discuss different lens options, ultimately saying he would make a recommendation. He also assured me he would not "up sell me lenses". By the time I left the appointment I was no longer anxious about having the procedure. by explaining how he would make me comfortable

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

Dr. Dupps was recommended to me by a neighbor and I have already recommended him to someone else. I recommend him to anyone contemplating cataract surgery.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Dr. Dupps did an exceptional job in describing the process of the surgery, what I should expect, and the outcome I should have. His professional ability truly impressed me. From the very first appointment to the surgery, he made me feel confident that I would see better after this proceedure. TY Dr. Dupps.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Dr. Dupps has been tracking the progress of my eye's recovery from a poorly performed procedure in my hometown. He remains concerned and he and his staff have been unfailingly communicative about my condition and recommendations for treatment.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

I loved Dr. Dupps!

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr Dupps is the best.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

Dr Dupps was very nice and kind in addition to his amazing medical experience, which made a huge difference in helping to make a decision about eye treatment.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr. Dupps is personal and professional in EVERY interaction, explains fully what we're doing, why, and how; listens thoughtfully and responds to questions and concerns genuinely and informatively; I could not ask for a better care provider.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr. Dupps is the finest MD who has ever taken care of me across all medical disciplines. His care is outstanding!

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

Absolutely wonderful! Dr. Dupps is outstanding and provided me with extremely thorough care, full explanations as well as alternatives. He has excellent communication skills and bedside manner. My highest recommendations!!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

There should be a special rating of "off the chart ~ 10+" for Dr. Dupps.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

The doctor was very informative and explained the procedure in great detail. He answered all of our questions and I felt comfortable with him preforming the surgery.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Dr. Dupps and his staff were absolutely wonderful from beginning to end of my visits.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

I appreciate Dr. Dupps willingness to explain the process and answer my questions and having patience.

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