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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

  • Management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Surgical and Medical Treatment of the Retina
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Infectious Diseases of the Retina
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Retinal Detachment
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About Daniel Martin, MD

Daniel F. Martin, MD is Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, the Barbara and A. Malachi Mixon III Institute Chair in Ophthalmology, and Professor of Ophthalmology in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.  Dr. Martin completed medical school at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed by residency and chief residency in ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine.  He completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases at Duke University Eye Center followed by a two-year fellowship in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.  From 1993 to 2008, Dr. Martin served on the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine, ultimately as tenured professor and as the Thomas M. Aaberg Professor of Ophthalmology.  In 2008, Dr. Martin was appointed Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute and continues in that role today.

Dr. Martin’s primary research interest is in clinical trials and the evaluation of new treatments for retinal diseases.  Dr. Martin serves as the Study Chair for the Comparison of AMD Treatments Trials (CATT) and also serves as the Network Chair for the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR). He has previously served as principal investigator for many AMD, diabetes, and uveitis trials including AREDS, SOCA, and MUST, and has served on numerous Data and Safety Monitoring Boards and Steering Committees.  Dr Martin was extensively involved in the development of the ganciclovir implant and later valganciclovir for the treatment of CMV retinitis, serving as Study Chair for the clinical trials that resulted in FDA approval of both of these drugs.  He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles, delivered 28 named lectures, and delivered more than 320 invited lectures.  Dr. Martin has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 74th Edward Jackson Memorial Lecture at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO); the Senior Honor Award and Secretariat Award from the AAO; the Pyron Award, the Crystal Apple Award and Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS); the Rosenthal Award and the Gass Medal from the Macula Society; the Sam and Maria Miller Award for Scientific Achievement in Clinical Research from the Cleveland Clinic; and the Cless Medal.  Dr Martin has previously served on the Board of Governors for the Cleveland Clinic.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - National Institutes of Health
Fellow in Ocular Immunology and Uveitis
Bethesda, MD

Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center
Fellow in Vitreoretinal Surgery & Diseases
Durham, NC

Residency - Emory University Hospital
Decatur, GA

Internship - Georgia Baptist Medical Center
Atlanta, GA

Medical Education - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Undergraduate - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Fayetteville, AR


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

Management of age related macular degeneration (AMD), macular hole, macular pucker, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, infectious and inflammatory diseases of the retina, and medical and surgical treatments of the retina

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/1/2024, Dr. Martin 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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* 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

99 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
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr. Martin always answers my questions and has an uncanny ability to adjust his explanations according to the level of knowledge is patient demonstrates.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

My appointment was excellent! Dr. Martin and his staff always rise to my expectations of continued excellence in providing me with the care necessary, with professionalism, competency and including me, the patient, in a collegial manner. I have the highest regard for Dr. Martin and his kind and respectful staff.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2024

Always a positive experience with Dr Martin and his team.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr. Martin is the best!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

My Care by Dr Daniel Martin and his staff has been a blessing

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

Best doctors visit I have ever experienced, and I am with a concierge practice.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr Martin was excellent, exceeded my expectations for this visit. I was educated, reassured, and evaluated.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

I have had the honor of being Dr. Martin's patient for many years and he has saved my vision. He is a brilliant retina specialist with an amazing wealth of knowledge. He is also kind, caring, and totally dedicated to making sure he consistently provides the best possible care to his patients. He is a great doctor and I'm very grateful to be his patient.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Very Good is not good enough. Dr. Martin and his staff are outstanding in every way. They have saved my eyesight since 2012!!!!!!! I am 91 and able to enjoy being an artist since I was 11 years old! They have given me some extra time!

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Excellent Dr.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Dr. Martin is awesome!

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Dr. Martin is dedicated to providing the best possible care to his patients. He uses his tremendous knowledge and experience to diagnose and treat their eye disease, and he consistently offers education, support, compassion, respect, and gentle humor along with his medical and surgical skills. Dr. Martin has controlled my retinal disease and has patiently answered my questions for many years. There are not enough superlatives to describe Dr. Martin's status as a fine physician and a good person he is simply the best! I'm so thankful to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Dr Martin is what every pt would want as a physician. Compared to the other specialists he is a star The primary care institute could learn from him

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

DR. Martin is the best!! He has been my doctor for 15 years. He is very thorough, takes time to address my concerns and is a very kind,caring man. Hes my No. 1 doctor! The Clinic is very fortunate to have him on staff

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Martin is an exceptional physician. I would not entrust my eye care to anyone else but him! His Fellow Dr. Wagoner was very thorough.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

I have never met a nicer or more professional Doctor or Receptionest.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr. Martin and the entire staff were very courteous. Dr. Martin was very informative in answering my concerns. He explained my condition with tests from previous appointments and to the new tests. It is heartwarming to know that the Eye Clinic is a place to go for patient care.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr Martin and his staff are excellent

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Outstanding experience! Grateful to be a patient of this exceptional physician.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr. Martin is an outstanding ophthalmologist and embodies all the best qualities of an excellent doctor. He is brilliant, with an awe-inspiring knowledge of the eye. He is compassionate and respectful to his patients, and takes time to listen carefully to them. Dr. Martin has saved my vision and has been so kind and understanding. I'm extremely grateful to him. He is truly a "World Class" doctor!

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Dr Martin is always very kind and courteous during my appts. He affords me all the time I need relating to questions or concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Dr. Martin was very thorough in his evaluation and explained everything for me and was very professional and caring.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Dr. Martin and his staff are always prompt and "on it"!

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