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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 9/22/2022, 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

174 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Very knowledgeable and helpful doctor. The staff was very friendly and helpful as well.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Dr Dupps' is a wonderful eye doctor!! Very caring and explains things in depth and takes his time with his patients.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

Dr Dupps was awesome! Easy to take too!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

Dr Dupps is in demand for all the right reasons. He is honest about his availability and does all a person can do to be accommodating

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Dr. Dupps made me feel so comfortable during my LASIK procedure! He's the best! So calming and friendly

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

It was a great experience. Dr. Dupps is incredible.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

An excellent, kind, caring doctor, Dr William Dupps is the one I trust with my cornea problem. I travel 4 hours to see him.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

Dr. Dupps and the entire staff were superb in their care for me and were all so pleasant to work with. Absolutely GREAT!!!

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Outstanding doctor and excellent interns/residents

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Dr. Dupps and all staff very friendly and professional. I always have the greatest confidence in testing and treatment at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

This doctor was excellent, very respectful, clear, and decisive.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

Dr. Dupps is awesome. Very attentive and answered my questions thoroughly.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

Dr dupps is the best

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

As always my experience with Dr Dupps and his staff was outstanding

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Dr. Dupps is very personable, answers all questions and makes sure you feel comfortable with all aspects of the procedure.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

Most pleasant scheduling process I've ever had. My lasik evaluation and surgery were all completed within the same week (AMAZING!). Dr. Dupps and staff were thorough and provided the most top notch care. It's clear and obvious as to why Dr. Dupps (and staff) are the best of the best nation wide

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

Dr. Dupps is phenomenal. He is extremely intelligent, thorough and made sure I was informed and comfortable with the process of LASIK. The combination of a great doctor and person is rare to find but Dr. Dupps fits that mold perfectly! The EXACT same is said for Dr. Marcellus. This is a great example of teamwork within the refractive department!

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

Both doctors were amazing!!! Really confident and comfortable. Very supportive

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2022

The staff and doctors are great!

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2022

Dr. Dupps took his time to examine my eyes. He then explained how my eyes were compared to my examination last year and what has happened to my vision since then. Although I did not need a change in my prescription, I was please to know how my eyes are.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2022

Extraordinary doctor. Cares about his staff and patients Never in a hurry. Wants you to understand everything. Very sweet and caring.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2022

I am very happy to have Dr Dupps take care of my eyes

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2022

Dr. Dupps is a wonderful doctor. He genuinely cares about his patients and does everything he can to do what he can for them. With a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate him a 20. He Is that terrific.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

Dr. Dupps is one of the best.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022

I would recommend Dr. Dupps and "his" surgical team to anyone.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

Dr. Dupps is fantastic. He cared for my Dad and gave him the gift of sight for 8 years until his passing. Dr. Dupps also cares for me as we have the same cornea issues. Although I will admit to the remote possibility, I cannot imagine there is a more perfect model of a CCF physician than Dr. Dupps. Skill, caring and communication...what else is there to compare.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

Dr Brooks was the fellow and Dr Dupps went over all the options that they discussed all possible options for my eye site. My vision is very complicated and I felt the plan for my eyes the right way to go. Please thank them because it gave me great hope. I love my job as a respiratory therapist at Fairview and my vision is so important to give the highest degree of care to my patients. Dr dupps is helping achieve that goal. Yhank you so much

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr. Dupps and his staff are amazing! Couldn't of asked for anyone better & to make me feel so comfortable, he explained everything thoroughly.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Dr. Dupos is very kind and explains things well

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

It would take as long as my appointments are to comment on how excellent, thorough, professional yet highly personable & empathetic, patient, and gifted Dr. Dupps is.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

Dr Dupps and staff were excellent!

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2021

Everyone was very helpful in navigating my eye surgery procedure. Attention to detail was paramount to them. I do not regret going to Dr. Dupps. I found out more about my eyes in 1 visit, than I did from my opthamologist in 20+ years. Was honest and up front about what was possible and what was not. He was very down to earth and passionate about his profession. Would recommend him and his team to anyone seeking top notch eye surgery/lasik.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Dr Dupps is excellent. Patient, extremely bright and a good listener.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Dr Dupps was excellent; he was very attentive, reassuring and kind. He took his time to clarify all my doubts, and explained the different treatment options very well. He was

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Dr Dupps was informative and spoke with me on a level you can understand

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