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Jonathan P. Ellant, MD creates a comfortable and easy experience for his patients. He believes that understanding his patients' visual needs and matching them with the most advanced technologies is essential to having healthy, happy and satisfied patients.
Dr. Ellant is chief of the Division of Ophthalmology at Terrence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, he is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and is an attending on the trauma service at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Ellant has been voted "One of America's Top Eye Surgeons" by the Research Council of America every year since 2002.
He is a member of the board of directors and medical advisory committee of the National Association for Visually Handicapped.
After graduating college at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Dr. Ellant earned his medical degree in 1990 from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he also completed his internship. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at Lenox Hill Hospital - New York University School of Medicine and went on to complete a fellowship in cataract and refractive surgery with the world renown eye surgeon, Dr. Howard Gimbel at the Gimbel Eye Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Ellant speaks English and Spanish. A former intercollegiate tennis and squash player, his interests include painting, drawing, travel, skiing and physical fitness. He is married and has two young children with whom he now spends most of his free time.
Verified Patient Reviews
I had to fill out the new patient paperwork even though it was submitted electronically. The regular receptionist was out of the office and the fill in person didn't know how to retrieve it. The wait time was 10 minutes before my name was called. Dr. Ellant was thorough with the exam and explained what he was going to do at every step.
As usual, my annual exam was thorough.
Excellent. Very professional
He is thorough, kind, and answers my questions.
Dr. Ellant is great! He was very professional and an excellent communicator. I was a new patient receiving an annual eye exam and he was very attentive and thoroughly answered all of my questions. I would highly recommend Dr. Ellant!
It was great. The doctor was listening and was helping me in understanding what the problem was.
Excellent! Personable, knowledgable, top-notch! I highly recommend him!
My first time visit very nice Doctor professionalism now I don't have to think about other doctors and I will recommend others too.
It was good. Dr. Ellant is very caring.
He is great and friendly
Fantastic doctor and staff, saw me early and were polite and efficient the whole time.
This visit was long overdue and I was terribly scared to come in and have the procedure done. Dr. Ellant was very informative and straight to the point. I appreciated that he explained what he was going to do and then walked me through as he was doing it. He gave me clear follow up instructions. I have already recommended him to one of my friends and I will definitely be coming back.
This guy is a keeper. very calm and thorough. I noticed a couple of other older patients that walked in an a first name bases and were treated like family. I'm going to continue seeing this ophthalmologist.
I stayed with Dr. Ellant even after he closed his Brooklyn office because he is an excellent doctor and his office, while you do have to wait, is not a mill. I have to budget 2 hours travel time and a 30--60 minute wait, but it is worth it for his skill and his patience in explaining everything.
Dr Ellant was great, felt very comfortable with him.
The receptionist were above average and pleasant and for New York that is a plus. The office was busy with an optical store at the front, it seemed that they put this business together very well. By the time you get out the door money still to be made. It looked that Medicare was the main insurance there. I thought the doctor had an attitude. I saw a lot of seniors in the office. Seniors are callable and can be easily controlled by an aggressive doctor. Not naïve here and can give back as fast to whoever that is, I can draw the gun as fast, but I prefer not to. I thought the doctor was in for the money, they all are but there are different levels of greed. I saw a lot of good reviews about him here. Aggression can be seen as a positive thing by older naïve patients and the doctor ends up the good doctor. I thought he examined me thoroughly and he knew what he was doing though he has a lecturing attitude and talk too much about things I did not care to listen. If you are smart and cannot deal with attitude this is not the doctor for you. I will go back to him until I figure my situation, he deserves a second chance only because he is knowledgeable and until I can’t deal with him any longer. The options in New York are so many.
Having been operated on by him I am fully confident in his ability's......
fabulous, caring professional!
Long wait but excellent experience with the Doctor. Very nice guy, seems to be very knowledgable.
Great visit. Smart, attentive, thorough. Totally pleased. Thank you.
While Dr. Ellant seems very knowledgable, there were multiple instances where he was extremely offensive or aggressive for no reason. When he finally arrived to the office 30 minutes after my appointment, he asked me to describe my symptoms. When I explained, he accused me of trying to self-diagnose and was extremely rude about it. His behavior was so unprofessional, I would have walked out had it not been a must-needed last-minute appointment. I really trusted the ZocDoc reviews I saw here, but what I experienced couldn't have been further from how he was described by others. I will only see Dr. Ellant again in the future if he is the only option available.
Waited for an hour and the Doctor was seeing 3 patients at the same time. Almost every single person that was waiting to see the doctor complained about the wait time. No respect for other time.
Excellent doctor and pleasant staff.
Dr. Ellant was professional and made me feel comforted that I was in good hands. He was "real" and explained every step of each procedure.
The Dr was awesome. Very kind and great bedside manner - but the wait to be seen of 1 hour was unacceptable. They need to manage the scheduling better - otherwise the Doctor was really nice and knowledgable.
Great experience. Will definitely be back!
Perfect for what I was looking for! Thanks!!
The process was quick. I expected the doc to explain more in details. Pro would not go back again.
Very unprofessional and rude. Insulted me while he was examing me....
Dr Ellant was professional, caring and just the right combination of efficiency with the patience to answer questions. Although I did have to wait a short while this was due to my making a same-day appointment and I was grateful to be seen at all. The front desk and nursing staff are friendly and upbeat despite what is clearly a very busy office. I highly recommend Dr Ellant.
Dr. Ellant is a fine doctor and a pleasant person. I had another appointment uptown after this visit, and he and his staff made sure I was seen-- thoroughly-- in time to make the second appointment, He explained all test results and answered questions.
Kind, thorough, and patient. Answered all obscure questions, and had a friendly and warm demeanor.
I went to Dr. Ellant for my annual eye exam, and came out very pleased with my experience at his office. He attended me in a timely manner and took the time to listen to my concerns and perform the necessary tests for my checkup. I found him also to be very approachable, and will definitely come back to his office next year or for any eye-related questions I might have. Would highly recommend.
Really great experience. He was very professional and thorough...
Dr. Ellant is always very thorough and communicative. He has great bedside manner. Highly recommend him.
I felt Dr. Ellant was a knowledgeable professional and explained everything in a manner I could understand.
Dr. Ellant took the time to answer all my questions and to recommend further testing to allay my concerns.
I am glad I have made an appointment with dr. Ellant. I came at first only to have him describe my eye condition on the DMV documents in order to get my driver's permit. He happened to specialize in my condition and we discussed future treatments. I will definitely see him again for further examination. He seemed very experienced, knowledgable and made me feel at ease. He was very professional and I would definitely recommend him.
This is my second visit to Dr. Ellant, the first was a year and a half ago and I was satisfied back then. This time however, it left a real bad taste in my mouth. The office is in decline, stained carpets, broken restroom (you needed to go next door to use the restroom), overworked and angry receptionists, eye drops uncapped and a phones that never stopped ringing and went unanswered. The doctor was late and didn't apologize for it. His manner was not friendly as before, but irritated, which escalated once his receptionist told him he was going for lunch (at 3:30 pm) and he went off on a rant on how much he has to work. But what I found inexcusable was that while he was checking the back of my eye with his bright light and I had to move my head because it was too bright, he told me that if that was the worst part of my day, I had it pretty good. I get it, you are overworked, you are not happy with your staff, but taking it out on your patients is extremely unprofessional. I am never going back and will not recommend anyone to visit this practice, unless you want to experience first hand lack of professionalism.
Dr. Ellant was a pleasure to meet. He explained everything he did and made me feel comfortable. The staff were very friendly and knew all the regulars by name would greet them as soon as they walked in by name. Seemed like a happy enjoyable environment to work. Wonderful place to purchase glasses or sunglasses at the front of the office making filling your RX very easy and enjoyable. Overall truly enjoyable dr apt!
Been seen Dr. Ellant for years. Always professional, through and friendly.
The office was in s grungy looking place in the back of a glasses shop. I waited 30 minutes to be seen, which to be fair, the doctor did apology for. There were about 10 people waiting in the narrow hallway to be seen and I felt that the appointment was very rushed. The doctor himself was good, giving good recommendations for my condition. However, the worst part was that I got charged for a routine annual eye exam, which I am disputing them for. Will not be recommending to others.
Dr. Ellant was great. Waited only 15 minutes after I got to his office. He knew his stuff and was very clear in his explanations. Would definitely recommend.
Dr. Ellant is fantastic- a great doctor with top medical proficiency, kind. communicative, compassionate.
Overall I was pleased with Dr. Ellant's exam; however, I feel that I was mislead as to the nature of my insurance. Dr. Ellant is an MD and therefore only takes Aetna's medical insurance rather than Aetna's vision plan. I was not expecting to pay so much out of pocket on top
Dr. Ellant could not have been more professional and thorough. In addition to clearly explaining everything to me, Dr. Ellant was gentle, soft spoken and put me completely at ease! Anyone who visits Dr. Ellant is most fortunate.
Dr. Ellant was professional, knowledgeable and thorough. He answered all of my questions
I had a number of complications. These are normal in medical practice, but my medical records contained a number of mistakes leading me to believe that some of them could have been avoided with a bit more care and attention to detail. I have loss of vision and a droopy eyelid (ptosis) requiring additional surgeries.
Dr. Ellant is an excellent doctor. You may have to wait but he is worth it.
Really nice doctor, scheduled a follow up appt for two weeks.
I consult Dr. Jonathan Ellant for almost 13 years now a and think he is one of the finest doctors around. Dr. Ellant is caring, decisive and lets you know as to what is happening and how best to deal with issues that bother.
He was very helpful and explained everything really well. A very nice doctor. I will definately go to him again!
First time using zocdoc, and I'm glad I did. What i thought was going to be a small check up for some eye irritation, ended up being a much more serious visit. Dr. Ellant talked me through the issue, what needed to be done and EVEN spoke to my mom (who is a nurse) on the phone! He didn't rush me, was very kinda and put me at ease. I'm going back in 2 wks for a follow up. I"m SO GLAD I WENT. He helped address some bigger health concerns ASAP.
Dr. Ellant is amazing. He is extremely knowledgable and patient with a fantastic bedside manner. I would highly recommend Dr. Ellant (and I already have to friends and family!)
My visit to Dr. Ellant's office was fantastic and I would highly recommend him. Dr. Ellant spent time with me, answered all of my questions clearly, and listened to my concerns. Everyone in the office was great---including Katrina in reception---and Nathan in the eyeglass frame department---I felt very well taken care of by thoughtful, smart and experienced professionals.
Waited 40 minutes spent 10 minutes with the dr. He is very nice and the exam was thorough. Office is dirty.
It was a long wait, but he's the best!
Dr. Ellant is fantastic. He's been my ophthalmologist for a few months now, and he's always extremely helpful and courteous.
Great doctor. Very easy to talk to and explained everything he was doing. Never before have I had such an informative experience.
worth the wait
Dr. Ellant may well be a good ophthalmologist, but his staff is terrible. The receptionist is rude and unresponsive, when you are even able to get her to pick up the phone. After my exam, I requested an itemized receipt for payment purposes. Five weeks and more than seven phone calls later, and I still do not have an itemized receipt. This is such a basic request and it is frustrating that Dr. Ellant's office cannot meet such basic service standards.
Dr. Ellant was thorough in my first exam with him. I cannot say too much about him, as I did not spend that much time with him and just met him. He seemed professional and knowledgeable. I plan to use him in the future.
Dr. Ellant is a great ophthalmologist. He was extremely thorough and it was easy to see that he is truly concerned about his patients. A refreshing change!
Excellent physician. Caring, very knowledgeable. He spent a lot of time with me and answered all of my questions.
This was my first visit with Dr. Ellant and I am so happy I found him on this site. The girls at the front are so sweet.. and the doctor was SO nice, knowledgeable, and really makes you feel comfortable. He explained everything to me in a way I could understand. I went in feeling very nervous, and after a few minutes I felt so much better. Thank you so much!
Dr. Ellant was very personable and explained everything thoroughly. Could not have asked for a better experience.
Love him as a doctor and as a human being
He was excellent did not rush through explained diagnosis and treatment plan and asked if we had questions. He has a lotof respect for the elderly. Most of the time when I take my mother to doctors they talk to me and act as though she is not in the room which is infuriating. He spoke to her and made sure she had all her concerns addressed. Highly recommend him
The doctor was both nowledgeable and kind. The staff was great and the wait was minimal. Sounds like an ad, but i look forward to using him going forward as i have been unable to find a good eye doctor in the city...until now. Glad i went to see them!
Dr. Ellant was very professional and considerate. He answered all of my questions and advised me not only on how to treat my illness (conjuctivitis), but also on how to prevent it's spread to those I live and work with.
Dr. Ellant and his staff were very polite and professional. Dr. Ellant took an unusually (in my experience) long time to listen to my questions and answer them. It was a very positive experience.
Dr. Ellant is very kind and respectful. He describes in detail his procedure and he inspires confidence.
Very nice professional. Took his time and explained everything.
The doctor was great, I had a lot of confidence in his decisions and suggestions. The wait was really long though.
Too long of a wait and way too many people in the office. Disorganized and old ladies yelling. The doctor is good if you can get past the zoo in there.
Great doctor - laid out my options and gave pros/cons for each one in an honest and straight-forward manner. Would highly recommend Dr. Ellant!
Dr. Ellant is outstanding. He apologized because he ran a few minutes late (first time a doctor apologizes for anything to me), explained everything clearly and treated me with much respect and courtesy. I am extremely happy to have found him as my new ophthalmologist!
It was a wonderful experience. The staff is great!!!
Horrible bedside manner, rude, and very condescending. I'm never going back!
Dr. Ellant was great - very thorough, didn't feel rushed, and explained everything. I did wait about an hour to get seen, but I think a lot of that had to do with my deciding to go on a holiday at lunch time. I saw a couple people go in right on time once the congestion in the office cleared up.
Unprofessional and unapologetic about the 1.5 hour wait.
Personable and extremely knowledgeable but very sincere and unpretentious. I have great confidence in this doctor.
Dr. Ellant performed a thorough eye exam on me and was concerned about my eye health due to taking Nasonex, which can apparently cause glaucoma. I have a followup with him. His receptionists are also very professional and helpful.
If you are looking for a professional, Jonathan is it. If you're looking for someone warm and fuzzy, go elsewhere. Very competent, highly recommend.
In my brief appointment I got not only a diagnosis and a prescription, but several very helpful suggestions about how to manage my condition. Everything was explained clearly and thoughtfully. I was very pleased.
He was as nice as I remembered him to be. :)
This was my second visit to Dr. Ellant, the first was an emergency visit due to an eye infection, the second for a thorough eye exam. I found Dr. Ellant to be warm, professional, extremely knowledgable, and felt I was well taken care of. His staff is also very professional which is a big plus for me. The only drawback is the waiting room, II found it a bit cramped and not as comfortable as it could be especially when there is more than a 30 minute wait. The front part of the office houses an eye glass place, guess it is convenient for those who need it, but I thought it was too loud! Maybe I am just a snob but I think he should find new digs! Great doctor and highly recommend!
Was finally called in at 3:17 for a 2:00 appointment. Very positive experience once I got in.
Best eye doc I have seen in a long time. Staff was amazing. He was pleasant, super professional and really impressed me with his knowledge. Highly recommend!
Dr Ellant was great. He took the time to explain things to me. He was nice and thorough with his examination. I only had to wait 10 min, which was not too bad and he still apologized for the delay.
He is an amazing doctor!!
super smart and good at explaining medical jargon and what was going on. Wait time was a little long but worth it for anything complicated.
Everyone was very professional and helpful. The doctor was thorough and I didn't feel like he was rushing to see other patients. The receptionist was amazing. She was friendly, really helpful and courteous.
Nice guy, great eye doctor--thorough.
I was very satisfied, he took his time with me, gave me a thorough exam, and was extremely knowledgable regarding my condition.
Great Doc however the wait time in the office was not favorable, at least in my case, otherwise I would highly recommend the practice.
Dr. Ellant was very knowledgeable and had a great bedside manner. I'd greatly reccomend him. The office was clean and the staff was kind and patient.
Very good except the wait time.
The doctor was great, very thorough and explained things well. The individuals working at the storefront were not pushy and had a nice set of glasses options. There was ~20 mins of wait time to see the doctor.
Dr. Ellant treated me for a specific eye injury, and he was very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. His staff is equally wonderful! The wait time varied - I waited anywhere from 5 minutes to 45 minutes in the 4 times I went there. Regardless, I would recommend Dr. Ellant.
Dr. Ellant was very patient and explain everything that i have question about. good service
Dr. Ellant is knowledgeable and personable. He treated me for an eye infection that had persisted for a week and he was able to identify the issue and prescribe an appropriate remedy which immediately took effect.
Very friendly and informative.
Long wait (50-60m), but Dr. Ellant was excellent. Thoughtful in his information-gathering and clear in his response. Very caring.
The doctor and the staff was very attentive. The doctor was very informative. It was a nice experience. I would go back.
I very much trusted him from the outset - he has excellent bedside manner and I have confidence in his recommendations and assessments.
Office staff was very friendly.
Dr.Ellant was very professional and informative.
Minus the wait time.. he was great!
no sorry his is not good frendly, and professional doctor place is dirty
Very professional and also very personable and friendly.
Good doctor, explained everything and answered all my questions
Very nice and professional doctor. Staff is also very efficient. Charges 25 dollars extra for prescription visits.
Dr. Ellant was very friendly and easy to talk to. He was thorough in his explanation of the diagnosis and prescription options, and seemed happy to answer any questions. Will definitely be returning!
Dr. Ellant shows care and interest in your medical concerns, he gave me a great advise which prevented me from getting unnecessary procedure
he was on time...very nice and professional...a great visit to a new Dr...
I had a great experience.
Awesome and great staff
The wait to see him was way too long. He was a good doctor.
Second visit and both consultations were immensely professisonal.
pleasant and thorough. Friendly office.
Dr. Ellant provided a very thorough eye exam. That being said, his "bedside manner" left much to be desired. His explanations to my questions felt condescending. The staff in the office was friendly at first but after that they were most unhelpful. I called to retrieve a copy of my prescription and am still waiting to receive it (1 week later). I followed up with several phone calls to no avail.
A stellar physician. Attentive, present, and skilled. Didn't treat me like I was ignorant because I'm not a doctor. An old-school "here-to-serve-you" kind of guy. Highly recommended!
Dr. Ellant was extraordinarily friendly and took care to explain every step of the exam. Very diligent about care. Will recommend to all.
Dr. Ellant is great! He took the time to listen to my problem and also my concerns about finding a quick solution. He was knowledgable about the issue and recommended a solution that met my immediate need as well as resolved the issue for the future. His staff was extremely friendly and comforting as well.
Very nice gentleman. He is very skilled and very was helpful and kind enough to explain everything I wanted to know.
Efficient and informative. I felt comfortable the entire time I was there. As an added bonus, the office is decorated very well. Also, all of the nurses who helped me were extremely charming.
'Highly recommend this doctor! He's wise, smart, a great communicator--able to understand even the most convoluted of questions... The wait was long due to unforeseen circumstance, but despite what no doubt was additional pressure placed on the office, I was treated with absolute care and patience by Dr. Ellant and his entire staff.
Great guy. It's nice to leave a doctor's office with answers as opposed to more concerns and a useless prescription for antibiotics, which is usually my experience in NYC. Visit wasn't rushed and he actually cares. Good stuff.
He has a very pleasant bed side manner, explained everything really well and took his time. I was very pleased with the visit.
He was very thorough in his exam and explained everything to me in a way that I could understand.
He was very courteous and helpful. The only issue was the wait, which was around 45 minutes.
Dr. Ellant was absolutely fantastic! Spent a good amount of time with me, was attentive and provided a lot of information taking the time to answer my questions. Great experience.
He was very professional, nice and thorough but the office was disorganized had difficulty recognizing the appointment, kept me and a about 15 other people waiting for two hours (there were only two doctors there). Then when I told them I'd need to reschedule to go back to work - she said oh I am so sorry I didn't realize you were here even though I'd checked in and filled out forms. He said I need more testing but his next available appointment for this is one month from now.
Really disappointed with the staff here. I was never given a prescription when I left, but was in a rush and didn't notice. I went into the office last week and have called 3 times to have my prescription faxed to me to no avail -- either the doctor wasn't in, or they said they'd give it to him and nothing happened. Really unprofessional.
I really liked his professionalism and the way he informs his patients. When I asked if he recommended the laser eye surgery for me he said that he wouldn't give a recommendation but he would give me all the information I needed so I could make an informed decision. Best answer ever!
If you are a new patient, plan to expect a wait of at least 1/2 hour, even if you're the first patient of the day. That's what happened to me. I was at the office before it even opened, and still had to wait for 40 minutes.
I think he is an excellent doctor. I went to for consult for the glaucoma, but he found I have a little cataract, which I've never thought. and no other eye doctor told me. and Dr. Ellant explained to me kindly.
I found Dr. Ellant to be very intelligent, kind, and informative. He has a terrific bedside manner and I highly recommend him. I would, however, note that some of the staff are abrupt and less than helpful.
I went to Dr. Ellant based on other people's reviews on ZocDoc and I am happy to say that my visit was great. Everything was explained to me with patience and great detail. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Ellant was excellent. I went in for a routine eye checkup and contact lens fitting - he has a nice system where you take home 3 different brands of contact lenses to try out before committing to one. During the eye exam, a more serious problem was found, and though Dr. Ellant could perform surgery on it then and there in the office, he offered to give me a specialist referral for a second opinion. I was quite happy with the specialist he referred me to, and the subsequent surgery w/ Dr. Ellant.
I thought the doctor was great and the staff was very nice.
Wonderful expirience courteous and proffesional staff
First off, what a wonderfully polite staff. They were really nice and funny. Dr Ellant was a pretty cool guy. He made jokes and made a trip to the eye doctor that much more pleasant. This guy rocks, if your eyes are bugging out like mine were, go check him out!
Wonderful! I travel from Europe to meet him every year!
I was nervous to see an eye doctor but Dr. Ellant made me feel comfortable and reassured me that he was going to do his best to figure what what going on with my eyes.
First time visiting Dr. Ellant. He was very professional and nice. I was in an urgent situation and was happy that I could be fit in the same day I booked the appt.
I woke up with some sort of eye infection. I easily got an appt. with dr Ellant through zocdoc. The office was fine, he was nice and hopefully the medicine that he prescribed will help me.
Dr. Ellant was a knowledgeable doctor, but not very friendly and didn't seem to have the patient's best interest at heart. With all of the doctors in the city, I would recommend finding a different one before seeing Dr. Ellant.
Excellent level of care, extremely knowledgeable, and very friendly. I have a high level of trust for Doctor Ellant.
The real deal. . .a great experience from top to bottom.
I just moved to New York and was nervous about seeing a new doctor. However, Dr. Ellant was terrific! I highly recommend him.