Thomas Mendel

Thomas Mendel, MD, PHD

  • Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology – Retina
  • Physician

Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Accepting new patients
4.9 out of 5
  • 59 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 17 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


About Me

I chose to specialize in ophthalmology because I am passionate about helping people who are facing significant threats to their vision, which can be a very scary situation for the patient. I really enjoy educating patients about what is happening inside their eyes, so that they can feel more confident in their care and then we can decide together on the best path forward.

As a vitreoretinal surgeon, I treat both children and adults with medical and surgical problems in the back of the eye. Common problems my patients face are retinal detachment, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusions. I have additional sub-specialty training in pediatric retina surgery and I lead The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s pediatric retina service at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

I’ve been very fortunate to have had tremendous, talented mentors who inspired me throughout my medical training. At each stage, the priceless value of mentorship has really shaped me and confirmed my passion for retina surgery.

I’m excited to carry forward the tradition of excellence already here at The Ohio State University. The passion of this community is uniquely special. I have had the opportunity to be part of different university communities for most of my life, but I have not seen quite the same combination of driven people in such a large organization. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Buckeye family.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family. My wife and I enjoy the outdoors and going on multi-day backpacking adventures. When not watching Ohio State football, you’ll find me cycling or playing guitar with my two young sons.

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Epiretinal Membrane
  • Retina
  • Retinal Diseases
  • Retinal Perforations
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Degeneration
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Vitreous Detachment
  • Endophthalmitis

Locations Where I Practice

Havener Eye Institute

in Outpatient Care New Albany
6100 North Hamilton Road 2nd Floor, Suite 2B Westerville, OH 43081

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
8/1/2006 - 5/20/2015

Graduate Program

University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
8/1/2006 - 5/18/2014


University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA

7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016


Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Nashville, TN

7/1/2016 - 6/30/2019


Cleveland Clinic - Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland, OH

7/1/2019 - 7/9/2021


University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI

8/2/2021 - 12/23/2021

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Information

My Department



The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

59 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    5.0 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.8 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.8 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

    Very pleased with Dr. Mendel's care. Will recommend him to friends.

  • Reviewed on Jan 07, 2023

    Dr. Mendel is the greatest. Very good at explaining issues and concerns. He makes you feel like you are important to him and your health is important as well.

  • Reviewed on Dec 31, 2022

    Best retina specialist I've seen. Recommending to my optometrist.

  • Reviewed on Dec 17, 2022

    He was very knowledgeable, explained things well, and was empathetic.

  • Reviewed on Nov 03, 2022

    Thoroughly performed his job.

  • Reviewed on Oct 09, 2022

    My care provider is great. He is very patient, which I need because I have alot of anxiety when visiting the ophthalmologist. He is clear and direct when explaining what is going on and what procedures may be needed. He listens carefully to my concerns and because of that I have continually returned to him for care. (That has not always been my experience and I stopped going to an ophthalmologist for 3 years). I would recommend him to anyone.

  • Reviewed on Aug 20, 2022

    Dr.Mendell is absolutely hands down the best doctor I've come in contact with in a long time l. He listened and really seemed to care about my health.

  • Reviewed on Jul 24, 2022

    He was also great. Made sure I understood why I was there & what we are going to do going forward. Did a great job explaining everything to me.

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/30/2022, Dr. Mendel has reported no relationships with companies or entities.