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
  • 129 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 41 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
  • Retinal Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Degeneration
  • Vitreous Detachment
  • 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, 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.

129 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 May 04, 2024

    He used a lot of medical jargon that I did not understand, so it was difficult to even know what to ask. He was vague about how my condition had changed over the last 6 years. It was my first visit with him, though, so if I return it will only get better.

  • Reviewed on May 04, 2024


  • Reviewed on May 03, 2024

    Very knowledgeable and caring, listens

  • Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

    This was an urgent situation with my eyesight and the Doctor. Was very, very personand made me feel comfortable.

  • Reviewed on Apr 20, 2024

    Dr. Mendel is by far the best physician I've ever worked with.

  • Reviewed on Apr 13, 2024

    Very good

  • Reviewed on Apr 01, 2024

    Dr. Mendel was a true Professional and very knowledgeable about the problems of the eye. While his testing found nothing wrong with the physical operation of my eyes, he did seem to think that the problem was external to the eye in the form of damage to the communication process between the brain and the optic nerve. Recommended that I see a Nuero-Ophthalmologist.

  • Reviewed on Mar 30, 2024


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 09/29/2023, Dr. Mendel has reported no relationships with companies or entities.

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