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
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 1/14/2020, 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

80 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

staff and Dr Martin were courteous, professional, respectful and attentive and Dr Martin described diagnoses and treatment options in an unambiguous manner and allowed opportunity to answer all questions It was my privilege to have a consultation with Dr Martin

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Dr. Martin not only provides world-class care, but he is exceptionally great at conveying patient concern on an emotional level.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

For as prestigious a doctor, Dr. Martin is extraordinarily gracious and helpful!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

Dr Martin is very knowledgeable. He addresses my questions and provided realistic expectations

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

I have been seeing Dr. Martin for several years. I have complete trust in his judgement.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

My worries and cares were perfectly, and kindly, handled in every way by *Dr. Martin.

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Dr. Martin is absolutely the Best! Knowledgeable & shows excellent concern for his patients!

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

Dr. Martin is fabulous. He cares about his patients' emotional well-being as well as their health.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2020

Dr Martin has always been patient, inclusive, and congenial. As are his staff that assist him. I appreciate his sharing in detail my condition and answers all my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2020

Dr. Martin always has my best interest at heart and always discusses options and risks and benefits. I feel extremely confident in his care.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dr. Martin and his staff are outstanding! This visit moved along smoothly. Sometimes lengthy waits.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

I am grateful to Dr Martin for my eyesight! he has been my Specialist for many years and has been very supportive through my care and treatment. I was always kept informed of options and fully aware of benefits and risks.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Dr. Martin is the best!!! His staff are also excellent!!

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

dr Martin treated me as if I were his only patient. his concern for me was unique.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Dr. Martin was amazing! He genuinely listened to my concerns and carefully explained the procedures and the results. He made me feel like my concerns were the most important thing to him at that time and he took the time to allay my concerns completely.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Very pleased with Dr. Martin and his staff

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

NEVER a bad experience with Dr Martin & staff

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

There aren't enough superlatives for me to use in describing my care and medical services received from Dr. Martin. The wait time in his office is worth it and is out of his control. When he is with you, you never feel rushed. He is outstanding!

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

both the nurse and doctors were excellent caring and thoughtful

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Dr Martin, Kaitlan and schedulers make this easy and effective.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Would recommend, but also recognize Dr Martin's broader role

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

My experiences at the clinic & with Dr Martin are always top notch!

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

and very professional doctor and I would highly recommend him to my friends

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