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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

  • Management Of Age Related Macular Degeneration (Amd)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Surgical And Medical Treatment Of The Retina
View all 3 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Infectious Diseases of the Retina
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Retinal Detachment
View all 5 Specialties +


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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 USA

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

Residency - Emory University Hospital
Decatur, GA USA

Internship - Georgia Baptist Medical Center
Atlanta, GA USA

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

Undergraduate - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Fayetteville, AR USA


  • 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 12/31/2022, 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

69 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

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

Although Dr Martin is always very busy with all patients he allots me time I need to discuss my ongoing eye care without rushing to the next patient.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

I would not trust my eye care to anyone other than Dr Martin. I also will only go to doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. I am in good hands at the clinic.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

Dr Martin is so very kind, patient and never makes you feel as tho you are being rushed. He explains my update on each visit. I am so very pleased with the care provided by Dr Martin and value the expertise of his fellows as they provide my Injections each visit.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

Dr Martins office is a very organized and well run department. I always refer him when the opportunity arises.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Dr. Martin was exceptional in every way. He was extremely thorough regarding explanations of my situation. He was kind, thorough & gentle with my prognosis.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Dr. Martin is the most wonderful doctor there could be. He has saved my vision and given me hope. He is totally committed to his patients, providing them with the best care as well as showing them compassion and concern. He is brilliant not only in ophthalmology but in every field of medicine. On top of all that he has a heart of gold and is generous, warm, kind, and makes me smile.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

I have recommended Dr. Martin to my brother and he has helped my brother tremendously.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Dr. Martin is extremely busy but when he is with a patient you don't feel rushed. His attention to the present issue is fantastic!!!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Dr. Martin's staff makes certain that his patients are given appointments in a timely manner.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Dr. Martin is a brilliant retina specialist and the kindest, most caring doctor possible. He always takes time to listen carefully and to explain the problem and all treatment options thoroughly. His knowledge of all fields of medicine, not only ophthalmology, is outstanding and impressive. He has saved my vision and given me hope. Being a patient of Dr. Martin is an honor! I am so very grateful to be under his care.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Dr. Martin and Caitlyn work very well together as a team caring for me.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Dr Martin is the best

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Dr Martin is a caring Physician addressing and customizing my care. Dr Martin is an educator and patiently explains in depth, answers to my questions. He also goes beyond in educating me about my diagnosis, macular degeneration.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Dr Martin's team is caring and do their job efficiently to strive for a time effective visit to the Cole Eye Center.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Dr. Martin is wonderful and has his staff is very courteous!!

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

The care and service was very good. Dr. Martin has always been very informative and caring since I been a patient of his for several years. As well as all the staff at the eye clinic. Blessings to all.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Good experience with Dr. Martin - I believe he is one of the best for my eye problems!

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

The doctor has outstanding medical expertise as well as the compassion that is missing so often in these chaotic days. Bless him.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Dr Martin's concern for his patients is primary. He is exemplary. I wish all doctors were as kind as he is.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Dr. Martin's assistant Caitlyn helped me with all of the above. She is excellent, very professional, courteous, and kind.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

I am so grateful to Dr. Martin for saving my vision. He is knowledgeable, skilled, caring, and kind. He always thoroughly explains symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options related to the problem. Dr. Martin is a superb retina doctor, there could not be anyone better!

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

Dr Martin is a very professional, caring and dedicated doctor that has been instrumental in my medical care.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

Dr. Martin is a true professional.

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

Dr. Martin and his colleagues were highly professional and friendly offering detailed information that made sarah's appointment and visit to Cleveland Clinic informative and enjoyable. We appreciate all the time Dr. Martin spent with us and the detailed clear explanation he provided in regards to the retina. Our family's experience with Dan Martin and The Cole Eye Institute has been tremendous every time we visit! We appreciate the excellent care, attention to detail, and everyone's professional, caring, and friendly interactions.

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

Dr. Dan Martin is a very knowledgeable and talented physician. His patient care and interactions are always professional, thoughtful, and kind. He spent a great deal of time evaluating Sarah's operculated retinal hole and provided thorough explanations that were easy to understand.

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