Dr. William Ellis, MD

Dr. William Ellis, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 75
Dr. William Ellis, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in El Cerrito, CA and has been practicing for 44 years. He graduated from Washington University St Louis in 1968 and specializes in ophthalmology, cataract surgery, and more.Read his story

6500 Fairmount Ave

El Cerrito, CA 94530

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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This content was provided by Dr. Ellis "Dr. William Ellis, M.D., F.A.C.S. has dedicated his career to bringing innovative surgical techniques to the restoration of vision. He began his career by studying electrical engineering at the University of California Berkeley. He then attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, receiving his Doctorate of Medicine degree. Dr. Ellis was in residency at Stanford University Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Ellis was then Board Certified in general ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Ellis has been certified as a sub-specialist in cataract, intraocular lens implantation and refractive surgery by the American Board of Eye Surgery. Dr. Ellis has been a leader and innovator in the field of refractive surgery. He studied radial keratotomy surgery with Professor Syvatslov Fyodorov in the Soviet Union. He has written three textbooks on Keratoplasty surgeries, which are in medical libraries around the world. Professor Fyodor, who pioneered modern radial keratotomy, is a co-author of his last textbook. Dr. Ellis was honored to chair a panel on the surgical correction of astigmatism at the 26th International Congress of Ophthalmology. Dr. Ellis was also honored by Prof. Fyodorov's Moscow Institute with an appointment to the editorial board of the prestigious Russian journal Ophthalmology Surgery. Dr. Ellis' specialty in electrical engineering at Cal Berkeley was "field and wave transmission", the major that included laser design and construction. After his training in Ophthalmology at Stanford University, Dr. Ellis recognized the vision correction potential of LASIK. Dr. Ellis was among the first in the U.S. to perform the LASIK procedure. He has personally performed over 68,000 LASIK procedures and also pioneered the bladeless thin flap Epi-LASIK procedure. In addition to LASIK, Dr. Ellis performs Advanced Surface Ablation and Epi-LASIK. With Epi-LASIK there is no cutting with a metal blade and no risk of flap complications. The thin 35-micron Epi-LASIK flap conforms perfectly to the wavefront guided corneal sculpting in contrast to the 100-micron "Intralase" created flap which may inhibit the full reflection of the wavefront correction on the cornea. Dr. William Ellis and the Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Center is recognized as the premiere Northern California practice for refractive and laser vision correction procedures. His six Northern California offices are conveniently located for our patients living throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Dr. Ellis prides himself on personally performing all laser vision correction procedures. He and his staff personally provide all post operative care, eliminating fee kickbacks for co-management to referring doctors. Thus Eliis Eye and Laser Medical Centers can offer the very lowest prices and the very highest standard of care to our patients. In the past radial keratotomy and astigmatism, procedures such as automated lamellar keratoplasty (ALK) for high amounts of myopia and hyperopia were practiced. Over the years state-of-the-art laser technology emerged surpassing incisional procedures for correcting vision. The procedures known as LASIK and Epi-LASIK have become the treatments of choice of refractive surgeons. Dr. Ellis recognized the vision correction potential of LASIK early on and was among the first in the United States to perform the LASIK procedure. He has personally performed over 68,000 LASIK procedures. The Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Center is recognized as one of the largest, most experienced practices in refractive and laser vision correction procedures. The offices are conveniently located throughout the greater Bay Area and Northern California."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Ellis "Why Choose DR. William Ellis and the Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Centers

Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center's six Northern California locations including the Bay Area and Sacramento are conveniently located and provide quality, caring refractive eye services to patients desiring to free themselves from glasses and contact lenses.Whether you require lasik for myopia, astigmatism, or hyperopia, cataract surgery, or refractive lens exchange Dr. William Ellis and his dedicated staff can help to restore your vision in a caring and positive environment. Dr. William Ellis is world renowned as an expert in refractive surgical procedures. He has helped to pioneer most of them, has written surgical textbooks, and published extensively on refractive procedures. In addition he has taught hundreds of other ophthalmologists how to perform them. At Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Centers we offer the highest quality of surgery, technology, and service in the field of vision correction. You will experience excellent care whether you are seeking laser vision or cataract correction. Here are some of the reasons to choose Dr. William Ellis:

Personalized Care by Dr. Ellis

All surgery is performed by Dr. William Ellis personally. We do not employ other surgeons. Some corporate centers fly contracted surgeons in from other locations. This never happens at Ellis Eye. All operative procedures are by Dr. Ellis himself. You get the benefit of years of experience. Dr. Ellis is a surgeon's surgeon. He has performed over 50,000 procedures, and his patients have included athletes other physicians, nurses and famous personalities.

All Postoperative Care is Provided by Dr. Ellis and his Staff

Some centers participate in various schemes whereby the referring doctor is paid large sums to provide postoperative care. This arrangement is termed co management and in some cases may border on fee splitting, which is illegal in California. Sometimes the referring optometrist may receive as much as $500 per eye, or more. These fees are often passed on to the patient and the center will charge them more for a procedure in which they pay for co management.At Ellis Eye we do not engage in fee splitting, or co management. By providing all of your postoperative care directly we use our years of experience to benefit you directly. This insures that you receive the finest post operative attention. And the good part is that you save substantially on the cost of your procedure.

Proven Quality Assurance to Provide the Finest Technology and Equipment

At Ellis Eye you get the benefits of Dr. Ellis' premedical training in electrical engineering. Dr. Ellis received a degree in EE from U.C. Berkeley prior to attending medical school and receiving his ophthalmology training. He majored in field and wave transmission, the subspecialty involved in laser design and development. At Ellis Eye we employ our own factory trained physicist on staff to perform laser maintenance and quality control. At some centers it may be six months or more between visits by the service technician. Not at Ellis Eye! And because we perform our own service we can pass along large cost savings to you in the form of lower procedure fees. In contrast to some doctors who rent lasers, or have lasers brought in on a truck the day of surgery, at Ellis Eye we own all our equipment and lasers to assure the highest quality. Dr. Ellis knows the laser technology and the medicine too!

Ultimate Affordability

Because we perform our own service, own our own lasers, and refuse to pay kickbacks to referring doctors, Ellis Eye and laser centers we can deliver the lowest pricing in Northern California for refractive procedures and Lasik. Our goal is to offer the most affordable treatment possible to our patients. Our Zero Down, Zero % Financing with delayed payments is the ultimate payment plan to allow you to enjoy the benefits of improved vision years earlier than you thought possible. Don't delay your decision to have Lasik. . Our unique financing plans can be customized to your budget. You will get to choose the payment terms and the amount of the procedure financed.

Clinical Leadership

Dr. William Ellis is dedicated to the very highest level of care, and the most comfortable, and safest laser eye surgery possible. We were among the first to upgrade our Bausch and Lomb excimer lasers to 100 Hertz. We among the first in the U.S. to use the APT excimer laser software developed by the University of Rochester which gave the very best clinical results of any laser on the market. In this study, 94.6% of patients had 20/20or better vision, uncorrected after treatment with Zyoptix Wavefront technology combined with APT software! All patients who elect to have laser vision correction at Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Centers undergo a comprehensive preoperative evaluation as well as post operative care.

Satisfied Patients

Patients at Ellis Eye are consistently satisfied and impressed with the high level of nurturing care provided. We are proud to offer the best financing, and technology available in the entire United States. And our services are given with personal attention too! We are among the few surgeons in the U.S. to offer an optional lifetime warranty plan. We are proud of our achievements, and stand behind our work. Our high level of patient satisfaction is evidenced by the fact that over 70% of our patients are referred by other satisfied patients; one of the highest referral levels in the entire industry. Put yourself in the safe and caring hands of Dr. William Ellis. Experienced, dependable, affordable!

Our friendly staff and physicians are dedicated to making your experience as safe and pleasant as possible. Our credentials speak volumes about our experience and successes. To better understand the quality care you will receive, please read the following details regarding our practice and world renowned surgeon:

  • Dr. Ellis is an innovator in the field of refractive surgery, with over 33 years of ophthalmology experience.
  • Dr. Ellis wrote two textbooks students of Ophthalmology follow:
    • "Radial Keratotomy and Astigmatism Surgery"
    • "Keratotomy Surgery for Myopia, Hyperopia, and Astigmatism:
  • When you schedule your surgery with us, you can be assured that Dr. Ellis will be your surgeon.
  • Dr. Ellis is Board Certified with the following Credentials:
    • American Board of Ophthalmology, 1977
    • American College of Eye Surgeons
    • Diplomat in Cataract and Intraocular Implant Surgery, 1990
    • Diplomat in Incisional Keratotomy, 1994
    • Diplomat in Lasik, 2001

Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center Staff

We employ dedicated, people, trained to deliver the first class attention our patients deserve. They are certified for their specific roles and duties upgrading their skills with additional training annually at the local and national level"

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4  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

7  Conditions Treated

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

1 Board Action
  • Other (11/28/2017)
    Action Taken: Termination of Agreed Order with Terms and Conditions
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: Maryland


  • Washington University St Louis
    Medical School | Graduated 1968
  • Duke Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1969
  • Stanford Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1974

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Ellis Says:

Sharon Tocchini, Attorney

My vision is great. I mean, my left eye is 20/20. My right eye is 20/30. It is wonderful to see the freeway signs.

It didn't hurt at all. It was quick. It was easy.

The thing I like the best, is you get up in the middle of the night, or you wake up first thing in the morning and you look at the clock and you can see it. You don't have to get up and put on the glasses

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