Marc Ellman, M.D.


Marc Ellman is an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery.  He grew up in New York and went to Ursinus College undergrad and then Penn State Medical School, both in Pennsylvania.  He founded the Southwest Eye Institute in 2004 here in El Paso after completing a residency in ophthalmology at Montefiore and Jacobi hospitals in New York City.  He also serves on the Board of the El Paso Holocaust Museum, which is especially dear to him as both of his maternal grandparents were sole survivors of their families from Auschwitz.


Occupation:  Ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery

Birthplace:  Peekskill, New York

Why have you chosen to serve on our JFED board?

I have seen some of the wonderful things that the Federation has been doing and I would be honored to be a part of that.  Furthermore, my father sadly recently passed away from COVID-19 and so this has become even more special to me as he was very happy when I told him I’m joining the Board.  Judaism was very important to my father and one of the most important things to him in his retired life was his participation with a Jewish police officer organization, the Shomrim Society.  My father was retired from the NYPD where he spent his career on the streets of the Bronx.