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 School - 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 10/2/2018, 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

111 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 5
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

20 Patient Comments

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

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

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 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.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

I have been going to the Cole Eye Institute and seeing Dr Martin for 4 years and have never had a problem with the staff or the appointment process. Dr. Martin is an amazing doctor and I do not have enough good things to say about him.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

Dr. Martin is amazing and I know without him I would be completely blind. He has given me the most professional and courteous service in the last 4 years

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2018

the wait time was long, but it was understandable as Dr. Martin is an amazing doctor and he does spend the time needed with each patient.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2018

Dr Martin was substituting for Dr Deasy, who normally treats my eye. Dr Martin was courteous, professional, and friendly. No one looks forward to a shot in the eye but Dr Martin made it an easy procedure for me.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2018

I am confident about the privider's communication with me and mine with the provider.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2018

Dr. Martin is the Best!! Excellent doctor( have complete trust in his care) and sp personable that you feel like he is also a friend. Have so much confidence in his care of my eye condition!!

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2018

Dr. Martin is an excellent provider and surgeon. I feel very for fortunate to be under his care.

Reviewed on May 23, 2018

I AM VERY LUCKY TO HAVE FOUND Dr. Martin. He is an expert in helping me with my medical issue. On top of his expertise, he is kind, patient and concerned. Thank you.

Reviewed on May 7, 2018

As a new patient, I was very impressed with the respect and courtesy of everyone. I felt Dr. Martin was not only thorough he was ableo to have me seen by another needed specialist who also was very helpful. My needs were completely met

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2018

I could not believe how lucky I was to get an appointment with Dr. Martin in a very reasonable amount of time. I called on a Saturday morning and the appointment person was excellent. Dr. Martin is the best he is extremely professional and very easy to talk to.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2018

As a 75 year old on her own, there is a greater appreciation both for extreme excellence in care and the kindness a doctor shows. At every appointment the doctor & staff make me feel well cared for.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2018

Couldn't have asked for a better exam. explained what was wrong, what had to be done, and everything involved. Just what we were hoping for. As a result I am getting my eye operated on and feel confident in the decision and Dr. Martin

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2018

I loved Dr. Martin. He was sincerely concerned and pleasant like I was the only patient that day. Made me feel comfortable and easy. Explained in easy terms.

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