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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
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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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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 1/1/2021, 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

94 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

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Dr Martin is concerned, a good listener, provides research updates re my diagnosis, never rushes me during a visit. I am so very pleased with Dr Martin as my provider for my very important eye care.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

I always have good experience with Dr. Martin. He explained everything. Curtsies and helpful in every way. I just love his help

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

My only negative is the length of time I had to wait for the doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021


Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Outstanding staff and doctor, professional and competent . Doesn't get any better

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Perfect rating of "5" in every category seems woefully inadequate for this extraordinary professional, researcher and executive leader at Cleveland Clinic. I'm honored and privileged to be Dr. Martin's patient since 2018. His collaboration with Dr. Dupps performing my eye surgery in late 2020, far exceeded my expectations. Today at 63, I have fabulous vision due to Dr. Martin. I'm so very grateful to call him my doctor and friend. His is one-of-a-kind; best of the best! His expertise, professionalism and character are why, as an investor / philanthropist; I fund medical research annually, of Dr. Martin's choosing, for Cole Eye Institute.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

NEVER a bad experience with Dr. Martin or his team!!! I have been with him for 10 years or more and EVERY VISIT is phenomenal! That man has saved my vision and I absolutely LOVE HIM TO DEATH!!!

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Dr. Daniel Martin should get a rating of 10 all across the board. Not a 5!!! PHENOMENAL DR!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HIM and his staff!!

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Dr. Martin seemed somewhat more rushed than usual, spending less time with me.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Dr.Martin is a consummate professional. Courteous, patient, personable, attentive, answers all questions and explains my diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. It's a privilege to be his patient.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Excellent physician

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

*Dr. Martin and *Caitlyn are detail oriented professionals who genuinely care about my health and well being.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Excellent service from entire experience. Dr was amazing

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Dr. Martin is a very patient and caring doctor. He takes the necessary time to listen and answer your questions.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr Martin and colleagues are exceptional.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Dr. Martin always takes his time and discusses what he thinks is in my best interest.

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr Martin is amazing and the best doctor that I've ever dealt with in my lifetime.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Dr. Martin is an incredible and very caring doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr Martin is a kind, caring and respectful provider. He took the time to explain all aspects of my condition and proposed treatment. I couldn't be more satisfied with my experience with Dr Martin and Cole Eye Institute

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr. Martin demonstrated expertise and gave trusted advice.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

I have been seeing Doctor Martin for 7 years now. He is so caring and has always included me in decisions. I know that without Dr. Martin's care that I would be blind. I love him!!

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

I have been a patient of Dr. Martin since 2011. He is outstanding in every way. Not only is he the best there is in macular degeneration, which I have had since 2011, he has kept my eyesight all these years. His kindness, patience and genuine concern for his patients is exceptional. His entire office staff is exceptional!!!! I have had only great experiences with all of the staff at the Cole Eye Clinic!

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Dr Martin and fellow excellent!

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr. Martin is the best & his staff always is very good!

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

Dr. Martin is one of the most wonderful providers I have ever met. he is calm, kind, and compassionate. He always takes time to review my imaging and new studies/treatments that may in time treat my condition. I feel lucky to have his expertise a short hour from home.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

Along with Dr.Martin, Victoria (upstairs), Cindy, and Di (both downstairs) made my visit so much more comfortable. The care I get at the Clinic is wonderful, but the people who take care of me there are what make the Clinic head and shoulders above. Thank you so much.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020


Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020

Dr. Martin was excellent. He explained my medical condition in terms that were understandable and he answered all of my questions.

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