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
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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 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 10/2/2019, 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.

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

114 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
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

29 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Dr Martin and his staff are always top notch.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Dr. Martin is the best , very friendly and informative which I really appreciated.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr Martin and his staff were excellent in providing information and guidance

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr. Marrtin is the very best

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

Dr. Martin is the best, most competent and compassionate doctor who has treated me. My experience at my office visits and surgery was fantastic. I would recommend Dr. Martin to anyone who might need his expertise.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

Dr. Martin and Kaitlyn were both fantastic, compassionate, kind and competent.Great team!

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

we are always recommending Dr Martin as we have such wonderful care from him. He truly cares about his patients & their families!!

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

dr Martin is wonderful. I picked the best doctor to see. he's very caring and spends all the time with you that you need.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

dr Martin is wonderful & showed an honest interest to answer all my questions & concerns for my ongoing treatment.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

I found Dr. Martin very friendly and precise in his explanation of why I should not do anything about my particular situation. His explanation made sense and I will abide by his answer.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr. Martin is extremely professional and courteous.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

l always have the ultimate experience from the valet to the nursing staff and of coarse Dr Martin who never rushes you and always explains every detail so you're able to make the right decision

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

Dr Martin is the best Dr. I have ever had!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

Dr Martin is warm, calming, very clear and a total pleasure to see

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

Dr. Martin is not only a brilliant retina specialist and researcher but also a very caring and kind doctor. He saved my vision when I had been losing eyesight for several years. He is truly outstanding and I feel so fortunate to be under his care.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Martin for many years and ALWAYS receive excellent care. Dr Martin Always takes the time to discuss treatment options, test results , pros and cons of plan and includes me in the discussion of the plan. although his practice is very busy, I know he will provide me the same quality of time.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

Dr. Martin and clinic staff is first class!excellent experience.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

Dr Martin was so kind took the time to explain my condition and treatment.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Dr. Martin is the best physician I have encountered at the Clinic.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019

Dr Martin is always explains in easy terms, is genuinely concerned and easy talk to. He worked diligently to cure my central serous Retinopathy condition. I actually look forward to my visit. Thank you.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019

Dr.Martin listened to my concerns and was extremely kind and helpful. so much so that I've decided to make the 3 hour drive every three months to see him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018

Dr. Martin is well worth the wait time. if your waiting long it's because he is taking his time with patients he will with you!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018

we waited about 45 mins. past our appointment time before going to first test. The process through the various tests was efficient and moved right along. the longest wait was after tests were complete and I saw the provider. Dr. Martin apologized immediately for the wait. However, he never makes you feel rushed or that he's on a time schedule. He's very kind and thoughtful and shares all the information he has about your condition, providing professional advice. He's worth waiting for!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

I am from Atlanta and saw Dr. Martin for a second opinion. I was shocked at how easy it was to get an appointment. When I got there I couldn't believe how nicely I was treated and how efficiently the appointment was handled. I wish going to my local doctor was such a pleasant experience. There are so many good things to say about Dr. Martin, I wouldn't know where to begin.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

I waited for a long time in the exam room to see the doctor, longer than just the time for my eyes to dilate.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

Dr. Martin is a brilliant retina doctor and an extremely kind, caring person. He gave me the most amazing gift of vision after several years of very limited sight. I am very grateful to him. He has an enormous fund of knowledge and experience, and a gentle approach, which he uses to give the best possible care to his patients.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

Dr Daniel Martin provided a comprehensive second opinion of my long-term visual condition. He substantiated his conclusions with the latest research and provided thoughtful, caring prognosis. His assistants were professional and efficient. Overall, the experience was personable and informative. I'd highly recommend Dr Martin to friends and family in need of his care.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

excellent doctor, very skilled in his profession and a very good communicator

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2018

I was fortunate to obtain an appointment with Dr. Martin and was very pleased with the time and attention he paid to my condition and concerns. He's an exceptional doctor.

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