Headshot photo of Lesley Everett, M.D., Ph.D.

Lesley Everett, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine
  • Member, M.D./Ph.D. Program Committee, School of Medicine


Dr. Everett grew up in Port Angeles, Washington, and she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Biochemistry from the University of Washington. As an undergraduate, she quickly discovered her strong interests in human genetics, basic and translational research, and clinical medicine; these interests led her to pursue a Master of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

She completed her medical school and graduate degree training in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan Medical School as part of the NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD). She was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was awarded the George R. DeMuth Medical Scientist Award for Excellence. She was also the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the James V. Neel Fellowship for achievements in Human Genetics. To complement her longstanding interest in public health, she conducted research and coursework in Africa to better understand women’s perceptions about genetic testing for sickle cell carrier status.

Dr. Everett completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, the UCSF Ophthalmology Garcia/Asbury resident award, and a grant to present her research at the International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma meeting. Her experience working with Dr. Anthony Moore, a renowned ophthalmic genetics expert and pediatric ophthalmologist, led to an ongoing basic research effort to characterize a genetic disorder of abnormal retinal vascular development. Dr. Everett then returned to the University of Michigan for a Medical Retina Fellowship at the Kellogg Eye Center. She trained in medical and peri-operative retina care, uveitis, ocular oncology, and inherited retinal diseases.

Dr. Everett joined the Casey Eye Institute as a faculty member in the Ophthalmic Genetics and Retina Divisions in 2021. Her clinical and basic research interests focus on inherited retinal diseases, genetic disorders of retinal vascular development, retinal vascular imaging, and novel gene therapy approaches for the treatment of degenerative retinal disease. 

As a Pacific Northwest native, she enjoys spending as much time outside as possible with her family and friends while camping, hiking, cycling, and running. She enjoys playing piano, rowing crew, traveling, and enjoying new adventures in Oregon. Most of all, she enjoys building lasting partnerships with ophthalmology patients and their families in order to provide excellent care and counseling about their eye conditions and treatment options.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • M. Phil., 2007, University of Cambridge
    • Ph.D., 2014, University of Michigan
    • M.D., 2016, University of Michigan
  • Internship

    • General Surgery and Ophthalmology at University of California, San Francisco
  • Residency

    • University of California, San Francisco
  • Fellowship

    • Medical Retina Fellowship at University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center

Memberships and associations:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Areas of interest

  • Inherited retinal diseases
  • Retinal vascular disease
  • Medical retina
  • Retinal gene therapy and stem cell therapy


Elsevier pure profile


  • {{ pub.journalAssociation.journal.name.text[0].value }}