Thomas Mendel

Thomas Mendel, MD, PHD

  • Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology – Retina
  • Physician

Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Accepting new patients
4.8 out of 5
  • 127 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 42 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
  • Ophthalmology

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.

Education and Training

Education History


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

Medical School

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


University of Virginia GME, Charlottesville, VA
7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016


Vanderbilt Eye Institute GME, Nashville, TN
7/1/2016 - 6/30/2019


Cole Eye Institute/Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 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


My Division



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.

127 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.7 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.8 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Feb 18, 2024

    Very nice staff and nice facility. My first time at this location.

  • Reviewed on Feb 07, 2024


  • Reviewed on Jan 08, 2024


  • Reviewed on Jan 07, 2024

    All good-Dr.Mendel has an amazing bedside manner. Other doctors could learn from himhe's wonderful.

  • Reviewed on Dec 23, 2023

    He is a wonderful doctor and saved my sight. Fully explains procedures and progression of disease using pictures.

  • Reviewed on Dec 17, 2023

    All great

  • Reviewed on Dec 10, 2023

    Upon my first visit to Dr. Mendel my condition required immediate attention (no time to wait). Usually it can take some time for the insurance to approve the treatment I needed, but Dr. Mendel told his team they aren't waiting for the approval they are doing the treatment t now and if the insurance doesn't cover it he would "just eat the cost". In the end it was approved by my insurance a few days later, but I'm grateful and appreciative that Dr. Mendel was willing to do that for me. Especially, since waiting could have cost me my vision in one eye.

  • Reviewed on Dec 09, 2023

    Very good

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.

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